• Illawarra Metallurgical Coal
  • Illawarra Metallurgical Coal

Illawarra Metallurgical Coal

Illawarra Metallurgical Coal operations are located in the southern coalfields of New South Wales, Australia.

Illawarra Metallurgical Coal is 100 per cent owned by South32 and operates two underground metallurgical coal mines, Appin and Dendrobium, and coal preparation plants at West Cliff and Dendrobium.

Illawarra Metallurgical Coal also manages the Port Kembla Coal Terminal on behalf of a consortium of partners.

Illawarra Metallurgical Coal produces premium-quality, hard coking coal for steelmaking, with small amounts of energy coal as a by-product, from the Bulli and Wongawilli coal seams.

The product is washed and processed at the coal preparation plants to meet the specific criteria required in the production of steel. Road and rail are used to transport the coal to the processing facilities and to the Port Kembla Coal Terminal for distribution to domestic and international customers.


Illawarra Metallurgical Coal has a strong mining history. Coal mining has been a major part of the development of the Illawarra and Wollondilly regions for over 150 years. Coal deposits in the Illawarra were first officially documented by George Bass near Coalcliff in 1797. The first coal mined in the Illawarra occurred in 1848 at Mt Keira.
Our involvement in coal mining in the region extends for more than 80 years, dating back to 1935 with the purchase of Wongawilli Colliery.
Since then, our coal operations have concentrated on extracting premium quality coking coal for steelmaking.
Much has changed in our 80 year history with the modern mining experience continually evolving, to be safer, smarter, more innovative and efficient.



Mick Thew – Vice President Operations, Illawarra Metallurgical Coal

Mick has more than 25 years' industry experience, having held a number of senior roles for a number of multinational mining, manufacturing and construction companies. Prior to this role Mick was Head of Resource Planning and Development at Illawarra Metallurgical Coal. He holds a Masters in Business Administration and other technical and engineering qualifications.



Working for the community

Illawarra Metallurgical Coal is committed to supporting the communities in which it operates. We have a long proud history of supporting community programmes and projects through various funding initiatives, including infrastructure and services; in-kind professional support; and simply lending a hand when needed.
The operations community investment programme includes two community-based spending programmes which are administered by boards made up of community and company representatives – the Illawarra Coal Community Partnerships Programme (CPP) and the Dendrobium Community Enhancement Programme (DCEP).
Illawarra Metallurgical Coal contributes more than A$1 million on average each year to worthwhile social projects and programmes in the Illawarra and Wollondilly regions through its community investment initiatives.


Engaging with the community

Illawarra Metallurgical Coal recognises it has a responsibility to continually consult with the communities in which it operates, to provide timely information about its operations and future plans, and address community concerns and achieve mutually beneficial outcomes.
Illawarra Metallurgical Coal manages an integrated programme of engagement which includes two community consultative committees which promote open discussion on operational matters, environmental matters and community relations. The committees associated with the two major consents are: the Illawarra Coal Community Consultative Committee (CCC) associated with Illawarra Coal’s Bulli Seam Operations in the Wollondilly region; and the Dendrobium Community Consultative Committee (DCCC) which is associated with the Dendrobium Mine in the Illawarra region.
The Company also convenes other community working parties to consult on specific projects as required, and participates in a range of local community groups, which address issues such as economic development and mining heritage.


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ILLAWARRA Metallurgical COAL

Level 3, Enterprise 1 Building,
Innovation Campus, Squires Way,
North Wollongong, 2500
New South Wales 

PO Box 514 
Unanderra, 2526
New South Wales
Phone: +61 2 4286 3000
Fax: +61 2 4286 3600


Asset operations

Appin West Operation

Douglas Park Road, Douglas Park, New South Wales, Australia 2569
T:(61 2) 46294553, F:(61 2) 46292309

Appin East Operation

Illawarra Street, Appin, New South Wales, Australia 2560
T:(61 2) 4629 2305, F: (61 2) 4629 2309

West Cliff Operation

Wedderburn Road, Appin, New South Wales, Australia 2560
T:(61 2) 4640 4067, F:(61 2) 4640 4045

Dendrobium Operation

Cordeaux Road, Mount Kembla, New South Wales, Australia 2526
T:(61 2) 4255 4419, F: (61 2) 4255 4499

Cordeaux Operation (Technical & Environmental Services)

Picton Road, Wilton New South Wales, Australia 2571
T:(61 2) 4224 6261, F:(61 2) 4224 6259

West Cliff Coal Preparation Plant

Wedderburn Road, Appin, New South Wales, Australia 2560
T:(61 2) 4640 4155, F:(61 2) 4640 4195

Dendrobium Coal Preparation Plant

Flinders Street, Port Kembla, New South Wales, Australia 2505
T:(61 2) 4255 3592, F:(61 2) 4275 3477

Port Kembla Coal Terminal

Inner Harbour, Old Port Road, Port Kembla, New South Wales, Australia 2505
T:(61 2) 4228 0288, F:(61 2) 4228 7605


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