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Illawarra Metallurgical Coal


On 29 February 2024 we announced that we have entered into a binding agreement for the sale of Illawarra Metallurgical Coal to an entity owned by GEAR and M Resources, with the transaction expected to conclude in H1 FY25, subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions.

Our focus remains the safe and reliable operation of Illawarra Metallurgical Coal. Over the coming months we will work with the Buyer, our workforce, the local community, government, customers and suppliers to support a successful transition of ownership.

Click here to see the announcement.

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.

  • Jason Economidis

    Director, Illawarra Metallurgical Coal

    Jason Economidis was appointed Director, Illawarra Metallurgical Coal in March 2024, following the announcement that South32 has entered into a binding agreement for the sale of Illawarra Metallurgical Coal to GEAR M Illawarra Met Coal Pty Ltd. Jason is accountable for the continued safe and reliable operation of Illawarra Metallurgical Coal and its smooth transition to new ownership, and will become Chief Executive Officer of GEAR M Illawarra Met Coal Pty Ltd when the transaction is completed, which is expected to be in H1 FY25.

    Jason was previously South32 Chief Operating Officer with responsibility for Australia Manganese, Cannington, Illawarra Metallurgical Coal and Worsley Alumina from July 2020, and was Vice President Operations at Illawarra Metallurgical Coal from 2018 to 2020.

    Jason is an experienced mining executive having worked in the sector in Australia and overseas for more than 25 years. He joined South32 from Orica, where he held the position of Vice President Coal and was responsible for 25 mining operations across Queensland and New South Wales.

    Jason has held several other senior positions in the industry including General Manager of the Coppabella and Moorvale Complex for Peabody Energy, Chief Operating Officer of Vale Coal Australia, General Manager of Goonyella-Riverside and Caval Ridge, Vice President Health, Safety, Environment and Community for BHP and Chief Operating Officer of Discovery Metals, based in Botswana.

    Jason holds a Master of Business Administration (Executive) from the Australian Graduate School of Management and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Get in touch

Illawarra Metallurgical Coal

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