Chapter Five

Altogether, Transfield built 14 platforms. Transfield also manufactured steel pipelines connecting five fields in Bass Strait to the mainland, which were laid by a cable reel ship.

The construction of the steel jackets, vital to Australia's self sufficiency in oil at the time, highlighted two of Transfield's particular skills - the high standard of welding required and the handling of the massive array of mobile cranes used in the assembly of sections, some up to 500 tonnes in weight. Thus, Transfield had become the leading exponent in the fabrication and assembly of offshore oil rigs employing 250 people at Barry Beach at peak periods.



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1996. Transfield's West Tuna oil rig, built for ESSO Australia, is towed out of its construction site.