FODC provides the communications backbone to some of Australia’s most significant mines.

We provide expert advice, design work and project management for mine communications installations, as well as supplying and installing mine-specific fibre optic cables and network components. We’re also available for emergency breakdown and repair work, and this has proved crucial for our customers in reducing costly shut-downs. Examples of our mine projects include:

  • Integra coal mine, Singleton (Vale Australia) – Upgrade of the fibre optic cabling network between open cut and underground mine sites, and in the underground mine environment. This was a highly innovative project involving the installation of 4km of cable underground and 3.5km above ground, and led to FODC winning a National Award for Excellence in Voice/Data. Read how Cabling Connection magazine described the project.
  • Tahmoor coal mine (Xstrata Coal) – Major upgrade to underground communications network.
  • Beltana coal mine, Singleton (Xstrata Coal) – Installation of 3km of aerial cable.
  • Appin colliery (BHP Billiton) – Supply and installation of 12.8km of composite 48 fibre/copper, steel armoured backbone cable to cater for next 20 years of mine growth, supervision of underground telephone network upgrade.
  • West Cliff colliery (BHP Billiton – Underground fibre optic cable installation, upgrade of longwall communications with multi port expanded beam connectors.
  • West Cliff coal washery – Data and telephone upgrade.
  • Russell Vale coal mine (Gujarat NRE) – Installation of 13.7km of steel armoured fibre optic backbone cable to enable high speed communications between all parts of the mine and operations centre.

Other services in longwall environments include:

  • Supply and installation of military spec fibre optic cables for longwall monorail systems, including Kamlock fittings where required. These cables are ruggedized specifically for mining environments and can be installed in Fras hose on request. In many cases, the cables can be maintained or repaired without removal from the monorail system, which reduces downtime.
  • Maintenance of fibre optic connectors within longwall mining machinery during changeovers when the machinery has been removed from the longwall environment. This includes repolishing or replacing connectors, testing of modems and testing of all interconnecting fibre optic components.
  • Installation of intrinsically safe CCTV cameras on remote mining equipment. These cameras can be operated by remote control and usually replace the headlights on mining machinery.

Contact us for all your communications and electrical needs.