Chapter Five

For the following forty years, they would also build power stations, steel mills, radio, microwave and television towers, satellite tracking stations, rail lines, tunnels, roads, bridges, dams, coal mining equipment, oil rigs, pipelines and other structures associated with the energy and telecommunications industries throughout Australia.

Whenever they did not have the necessary technology, or whenever it was not available in Australia, Transfield, more than most, imported it from more advanced countries. In this way, Japanese companies such as Kumagai Gumi and Obayashi, Italian ones such as Saipem and Snam-Progetti, French such as Bouygues and Thales, Germans such as Blohm+Voss found in Transfield the complimentary local engineering contracting capacity the foreigners in turn sought.


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Riggers on balance on a jib, working on an insulator chain.  Terminal tower of the 500kw Eraring-Hawkesbury - Sydney West transmission line. 1986. Pipeline construction near Alice Springs, for N.T. Gas Pty Ltd. 1985. Construction of the of the Gateway Bridge, Brisbane.