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Giant oil drilling rig crosses Istanbul strait

Giant oil drilling rig crosses Istanbul strait

A massive deepwater drilling rig is crossing the Istanbul's narrow Bosporus strait, forcing Turkey to temporarily shut down one of the world's busiest waterways.
The Leiv Eiriksson, one of the world's largest rigs, is making its way to the Black Sea to begin oil and gas explorations off Turkey's coast in February.
Energy Minister Taner Yilmaz says Thursday that the platform's tall towers were dismounted to allow it to pass beneath bridges on the Bosporus. The platform will drill for possible oil and gas under a joint venture between Turkey's state-run TPAO company and Brazil's Petrobras.
Turkey imports almost all of its oil and has turned to prospecting for offshore oil in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea to reduce its dependence on foreign imports.