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Illawarra Metallurgical Coal

Illawarra Metallurgical Coal in New South Wales, produces premium-quality, hard coking coal for steelmaking, which is transported within Australia and around the world.

Illawarra Metallurgical Coal

Port Kembla Coal Terminal

Port Kembla Road
Inner Harbour

Port Kembla, 2505

New South Wales


Key statistics

5,497 KT

FY23 Metallurgical coal production


South32 share


FY23 investment in local communities

Our operations

Our Illawarra Metallurgical Coal operations are in the Illawarra and Macarthur 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.

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 premium-quality, hard coking coal for steelmaking. As a by-product, we also supply small amounts of energy coal.

Everything is processed at our West Cliff and Dendrobium coal preparation plants, 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 manage the Port Kembla Coal Terminal on behalf of a consortium of partners.

What we produce

What we produce

Metallurgical Coal

There are two types of coal, metallurgical coal and energy coal. Metallurgical coal has the metallurgical properties to produce coke, which is used to make iron within a blast furnace, the dominant steel-making technology.

We produce premium-quality, hard-coking coal for steelmaking at our Illawarra Metallurgical Coal operation in New South Wales, Australia.

Plans and projects

Plans and projects

Visit our Community Portal for easy access to current mine plans and maps, project updates, landholder property reports and more.

Partnering with communities

Partnering with communities

We are committed to improving people's lives and building meaningful relationships with the communities where we operate. Learn about our range of programs and partnerships helping to build stronger, healthier and happier communities.

Careers at IMC

Careers at IMC

At South32, our people are fundamental to our success. We’re focused on creating an inclusive workplace, with the right people in the right roles, who are engaged, empowered and appropriately rewarded.

Discover our range of career pathways and job opportunities at Illawarra Metallurgical Coal (IMC).

Approvals and documents

Approvals and documents

Visit our document library to view current mining approvals, licences, environmental reports and more.

  • 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.

Get in touch

Illawarra Metallurgical Coal

Phone: +61 2 4286 3000 Community: 1800 102 210