Tom Candlish graduated from Glasgow University (Scotland) in 1951 after
serving his country in the Royal Engineers. Posted to Borneo by his
employer, George Wimpey & Co., Candlish oversaw installation of the
first offshore hydrocarbon structure in the South China Sea for Brunei
Shell in 20 ft of water. Later, he installed the first offshore loading
line and buoy at Miri, Sarawak, also for Shell.
In 1958, Candlish installed the first offshore hydrocarbon structures in
the Arabian Gulf in waters starting at 40 ft deep and extending to 60 ft
deep. He also installed the beach approach for the offshore pipelines at
Das Island in Abu Dhabi in 1961. In 1964-65, Candlish supervised
fabrication of offshore platforms at Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
From 1971, as a Director of George Wimpey & Co., and Board Member of
Highland Fabricators, he oversaw many North Sea deep water projects
including the construction of BP’s Forties and Magnus platforms and
Conoco’s Hutton TLP. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering
and of the Institution of Civil Engineers (UK).