Chapter Four

Another rig, Bream, was completed in 1987. A year later, Transfield fabricated the first unmanned and remotely operated 3200 tonne mini-platform, Whiting, to exploit the smallest oil field in Bass Strait, yet holding reserves of 21 million barrels - enough to supply Australia's total demand for about 35 years. Oil from Whiting, commissioned in 1989, was pumped 14 miles North-East to Snapper, another platform built by Transfield, before joining the main oil line to shore.



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A Transfield boilermaker on the Mackerel oil platform at Barry’s Beach, Victoria.