Chapter One

At the beginning of the 1960s, it became evident that Australia's ever increasing power needs could not be exclusively reliant upon hydro-electricity, generated mainly by the Snowy Mountains Scheme, in addition to power produced by a handful of coal-fired power stations.

During the following thirty years, a new generation of mega power stations was planned and erected beside the huge open-cut coalfields of Victoria and NSW, as well as in other states. Transfield was pre-eminent among other contractors in constructing the civil works and erecting the boiler structures. In the late 1980s, the company extended its capacity through ICAL and Eglo to design, manufacture and erect boilers, coal mills and conveyor systems.


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Loy Yang power station, Victoria. Precipitators being assembled. Transfield workers at Bayswater power station, NSW.