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 shipped off around Australia-and the world.

We also look after the Port Kembla Coal Terminal.

Illawarra Metallurgical Coal

Safer walking and cycling now a reality

We've helped provide the community with a pedestrian and cycle pathway network, giving locals a much safer and healthier way to get around.

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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

Wayne Bull, Vice President Operations

Wayne has worked in the resources industry for more than 40 years. He began his career in the United Kingdom before moving to Australia in the 1990s and working in senior leadership roles, including a period as Development Manager at Dendrobium mine under BHP’s ownership. Wayne joined South32 Illawarra Metallurgical Coal in 2017 and previously worked as General Manager Dendrobium Mine, where he helped to restructure the mine and coal preparation plant operations and improved health and safety. Prior to his appointment to Vice President Operations, Wayne was General Manager Appin Mine, where he helped the mine return to strong operating performance.

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