Chapter Two

From the outset, Transfield was involved in the fabrication of submersible rigs for the extraction of oil and gas. Between 1967 and 1969, the company fabricated and assembled at Barry Beach, Victoria, five oil and gas production platforms, bearing the names of fishes, such as Halibut, Marlin, Kingfish, Barracouta and Kingfish B, built to withstand gale force winds and high seas.

Five years later, in 1974, Transfield returned to Barry Beach, to build two more platforms, but for deeper water - Tuna, 80 metres high and Mackerel, 120 metres high, the latter weighing 6700 tonnes.


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1987. Barry Beach, Victoria. The jacket for the oil rig Bream is readied for towing to its Bass Strait position.