Environmental Impact Statement
Plan for the Future
Our Dendrobium Mine in the Illawarra region of New South Wales is an existing underground mine primarily producing metallurgical coal for steelmaking.
We are proposing the continuation of mining activities in Dendrobium’s next two underground mining areas, within the existing mining lease.
Continued mining at Dendrobium would sustain the employment of Dendrobium’s workforce, create additional jobs and ensure the supply of metallurgical coal to local and overseas customers until 2048.
mining history in the Illawarra
employees across our operations
of saleable coal to community trusts
The mine began operations in 2002 and is recognised as a supplier of one of the highest-quality metallurgical coals in the world. It remains an important supplier to Australian steelmakers, including BlueScope Port Kembla Steelworks.
Continued mining would sustain the employment of Dendrobium’s workforce, create additional jobs, ensure the supply of metallurgical coal to local and overseas customers until 2048 and continue business opportunities for local businesses and suppliers.
ongoing full-time jobs
jobs during construction
NET ECONOMIC BENEFIT TO NSW
local net benefit
We are seeking State and Commonwealth approval for the Project, with our application supported by an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
The EIS has been developed through extensive consultation with our stakeholders and informed by the Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements for the Project.
It includes specialist environmental studies to address the assessment requirements and the feedback from our stakeholders.
We carefully consider the surface environment when designing our mines and choosing our locations.
Water Monitoring Devices
Water Samples Collected
ongoing mining in Catchment Areas
Metallurgical coal is an essential raw material used in the production of steel.
Australia's largest steel production facility, BlueScope's Port Kembla Steelworks, consumes over three million tonnes of coal per year throughout its steelmaking processes. Over 90 per cent of their coal is sourced from local underground coal mines.
South32 Illawarra Metallurgical Coal is the primary supplier of steelmaking coal to BlueScope's Port Kembla Steelworks
Coal needed to make one tonne of steel
of steel contained in average car
coal required for one wind turbine