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Technically speaking, an offshore oil rig or platform is a large structure with facilities for well drilling to explore, extract, store, and process petroleum as well as natural gas that lies in rock formations beneath the seabed. These also contain facilities to accommodate their workforce, with most engaging in activities on the continental shelf, though they can also be used in lakes, inshore waters, and inland seas. Read more to see what they would look like as homes and hotels.
XTU Architects envisions how to repurpose these platforms when they go out of service, whether as a home, hotel, or even tourist attraction. In related news, did you know that the oldest offshore well recorded in Infield’s offshore database is the Bibi Eibat well? That’s right, it came on stream in 1923 in Azerbaijan, while in the early 1930s, the Texas Company developed the first mobile steel barges for drilling in the brackish coastal areas of the gulf.
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