Fortescue Metals Group awarded Ventia the Design and Construction contract for the fibre optic network installation between the Tom Price and Solomon Mine in the Pilbara, Western Australia.

Ventia installed 98km of dual 72 core underground optic fibre cables from the Tom Price to the Solomon Mine. Ventia developed the fibre design and drawings and supplied all materials, including optic fibre cable, fibre joints, FOBOT pipes and pits.

The installation of the optic fibre cables was by direct burial, trenching, directional drilling, and rock breaking or rock sawing as appropriate. Ventia provided complete post-commissioning documentation including a Manufacturer's Data Report and Site Folders, GIS information accordingly.

Ventiawas also engaged to provide a design for a full Fibre data transfer via a 10 Gig DWDM system, designed with capacity for future growth. This system is yet to be installed, though the design has been completed for FMG's network from Port to Mine.

Delivering value for customers

The project provided FMG with a robust redundant link line network that supports the operation of their largest iron ore mine in Western Australia. The project was delivered in an environment that has countless challenges, with that in mind, this network has been built in a way that allows for easy future expansion for Fortescue.

The project was delivered ahead of schedule (June 2012) with high client satisfaction, who noted "Ventia are the only contractor that have delivered their complete scope on schedule".


  • Design and construct 98km of dual 72 core underground optic fibre cables
  • Extensive safety and quality documentation provided to the client
  • Robust link that supports the operation of FMG's largest iron ore mine in WA
  • Project delivered ahead of schedule with high client satisfaction