Case study

Telfer FOC Install

In 2006, Dunstans Construction Group was contracted by Silcar Communications to lay 350km of Fibre Optic Cable (FOC) for telecommunications from Telfer to Pardoo Roadhouse.

Due to the successful completion of numerous FOC installations for Silcar, we were allocated further contracts for similar projects, which saw the team move through South Australia into Western Australia over a period of two years.

  • Telfer Mine to Pardoo Roadhouse is our largest FOC contract to date – installing 350km of FOC through remote locations in the far north of Western Australia.
  • Much of the installation was through the Great Sandy Desert,
    in a remote region of Western Australia. This project included traversing approximately 15 sand dunes. The 24-man crew lived in camps set up along the installation route.
  • Dunstans participated in a state initiative aimed at upskilling the local Aboriginal population, and subsequently employed two local Indigenous workers as part of our crew.
  • Team utilised a specially designed zero tension plough mounted on a D7 Bulldozer. Pre-ripping was undertaken with a D9 Bulldozer. All equipment used in the construction of the FOC, was owned and maintained by Dunstans.

Despite the challenges of working in such a remote location, Dunstans delivered this project on time, on budget and with no time lost due to injury.

Project quick facts


Silcar Communications Pty Ltd


Fibre Optic Cable Installation from Telfer mine to the Pardoo Roadhouse

Project date

August 2006 – November 2008

Project location

Western Australia

Fibre type

24 fibre

Fibre length


Project cost

$2.25 million