History and location

Our Illawarra Metallurgical Coal operations are in the Illawarra and Wollondilly regions of the southern coalfields of New South Wales, about 75 kilometres south of Sydney.

Steeped in coal mining history dating back more than 150 years, the region’s first coal mines opened in the early nineteenth century.

Soon after, collieries were developed to mine coal for the growing local steel industry and labourers settled into the area, bringing their families with them. Roads, schools and hospitals followed, and communities flourished.

It is a legacy etched into the way of life.

Our history of coal mining around these parts began in 1935 at Wongawilli Colliery.

Big things beneath the surface

Over the years we have modernised coal mining at Illawarra Metallurgical Coal making it safer and more efficient.

Our underground mines at Appin and Dendrobium produce high quality metallurgical coal used for steelmaking. As a by-product, we also supply small amounts of coal for energy.

Everything is processed at our plants at West Cliff and Dendrobium, before being transported by road and rail down to Port Kembla in Wollongong. From there it is transported within Australia and around the world.

We also look after the Port Kembla Coal Terminal.

Illawarra Metallurgical Coal

Community portal

We’ve developed a portal with interactive maps to help our Illawarra Metallurgical Coal communities become better informed about our projects.

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Playing our part

We're pleased to be a part of the community, working together on big projects and lending a hand when needed, and we're proud to support two community programs that will deliver long-term benefits.

These are:

  • Illawarra Coal Community Partnerships Program
  • Dendrobium Community Enhancement Program

We also have two groups dedicated to talk to the community about our operations.

These are:

  • Illawarra Coal Community Consultative Committee
  • Dendrobium Community Consultative Committee
Mount Kembla school library refurb
Students all smiles for learning

Mount Kembla Public School has refurbished its library thanks to a grant from Illawarra Metallurgical Coal

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Appin mine site tour

To keep our investors and analysts up to date with our operations, we hosted a site tour of the Appin mine

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Appin mine memorial
40 years on from the Appin mine disaster

In remembrance of the victims, we held a commemorative event at the Appin Mine Memorial Garden

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Get in touch with Illawarra Metallurgical Coal

Peter Baker

Peter Baker, Vice President Operations

Having spent the majority of his career working in underground coal operations, including in the Illawarra during his early career, Peter brings to Illawarra Metallurgical Coal (IMC) extensive experience in managing longwall mines safely and productively. His vast experience as a senior leader across a range of functions and operations, including in functional production, health, safety and environmental positions, means he is well suited to manage the complexities of IMC’s operations.

Peter joined South32 from Compass Minerals where he was most recently Vice President Operations of the world’s largest underground salt mine in Goderich, Canada. Previous to his time with Compass Minerals, Peter held senior roles at Peabody Energy, Xstrata Coal and NSW Mines Rescue Service, overseeing significant safety and culture transformations.

Illawarra Metallurgical Coal

Port Kembla Coal Terminal

Port Kembla Road
Inner Harbour

Port Kembla, 2505

New South Wales

Phone: +61 2 4286 3000

Community Call Line: 1800 102 210