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 benefits

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




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

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

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Important web links

NSW Government Major Projects Planning Portal 

Visit Major Projects Portal to view and download the EIS or make a submission. NOTE: All online submissions must be made through the NSW Government's Major Project Planning Portal

Independent Expert Panel for Mining in the Catchment 

The Independent Expert Panel has been established to provide informed expert advice on the impact of mining activities on the Greater Sydney Water Catchment Special Areas

NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment

The Department has an important role in assessing and determining proposals for major development in NSW to ensure the need for new jobs is balanced with the needs of the community and environment.

NSW Independent Planning Commission

The Commission operates independently of other government departments, including the NSW Department of Planning and Environment, and has an important role to play in building community confidence in the decision-making processes for major development and land-use planning state-wide.

South32 Illawarra Metallurgical Coal Documents (e.g. DCCC Minutes)

View and download Illawarra Metallurgical Coal's environmental approvals, conditions of consent, community consultative committee meeting minutes and more. 

For project enquiries, please email [email protected]