Deep Down, Delba Draw Second $9MM LOI for Buoyancy

Deep Down, Inc. has received a second letter of intent for approximately $9 million from Delba International to supply and install the deepwater marine drilling riser flotation system for the new-build Delba IV semisubmersible drilling rig. The letter of intent is subject to the negotiation of a final purchase order once engineering is completed. The Letters of Intent authorize expenditures for such engineering efforts. Together with the previously announced Letter of Intent for the Delba III, Deep Down now has orders for approximately $18 million of deepwater marine drilling riser flotation systems. Both the Delba III and the Delba IV are rated to drill in 2,400 meters of water but are readily upgradeable to 2,700 meters and have long term contracts to drill in Brazilian waters.

"A Letter of Intent is the first step in a committed process which typically becomes a purchase contract upon completion of joint engineering efforts between us and our clients," Ronald E. Smith, Deep Down's president and CEO, elaborated.

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