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Blowtorch Beach, Turkey: Where Old Offshore Oil Rigs Go to Die

  • Oil price crash makes 1970s, 1980s-built platforms uneconomic
  • Slump has also slowed construction programs for new rigs
Aliaga beach, Turkey, where obsolete rigs are waiting their turn with ships to be taken apart.

Aliaga beach, Turkey, where obsolete rigs are waiting their turn with ships to be taken apart.

Source: Turkish Recyclers' Association
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When offshore oil rigs reach the end of their useful lives, many head for their final resting place at blowtorch beach.

There, in western Turkey, ship scrapyards have discovered a new source of income amid the plunge in oil prices over the past 16 months -- tearing apart unwanted drilling platforms and selling the steel.