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Appin Mine Ventilation and Access Project

For more than 85 years, Illawarra Metallurgical Coal has produced high-quality metallurgical coal used for steelmaking, which is shipped around Australia and around the world.

The Appin Mine in the Wollondilly region of New South Wales is an existing underground mine, primarily producing metallurgical coal. It is currently operating in the Douglas Park and Menangle areas.

An integral requirement of underground mining is adequate ventilation and mine access, to ensure a safe and efficient working environment for our people.

As Appin Mine moves further from existing surface infrastructure, we are constructing future infrastructure to support the mine which includes Ventilation Shaft No. 7, Ventilation Shaft No. 8 and mine access facilities. The infrastructure will be located at 345 Menangle Road and is known as the Appin Mine Ventilation and Access Project.

Ventilation Shaft No. 7 will be a downcast shaft, drawing fresh air into the mine. It will also double as an entry point to the mine for our people.

Ventilation Shaft No. 8 will be an upcast shaft, drawing air out of the mine.

Key stats

Over 85 years

history in the Wollondilly

1,800 people

directly employed

$236.7m

spent locally in FY20

Benefits

Benefits

Appin Mine began operating in 1960 as an underground longwall mine and remains an essential supplier to Australian steelmakers, including BlueScope Port Kembla Steelworks and Liberty Primary Steel Whyalla Steelworks.

The new ventilation shafts and mine access facilities will ensure our people continue to work in a safe and efficient environment.

Environment

Environment

The new ventilation shafts and mine access facilities will operate under strict environmental approval conditions set by the New South Wales Government.

We take our environmental responsibilities seriously and understand the sensitivities of working nearby to residential communities. Extensive environmental assessments have been developed and approved. These assessments include noise, air quality, traffic, heritage and biodiversity.

The Project has been designed to avoid or minimise impacts on the local community where possible.

Metallurgical coal

Metallurgical coal

Metallurgical coal is an essential raw material used in the steelmaking process, and for 85 years Illawarra Metallurgical Coal (IMC) has supplied this critical ingredient to its customers.

The BlueScope Steelworks at Port Kembla is the largest steel production facility in Australia, and one of only two primary iron and steelmaking facilities in Australia. It consumes approximately 3 million tonnes of coal each year, of which 90 per cent is sourced locally.

Metallurgical coal in steelmaking

1928

steelmaking established at Port Kembla

3.0 Mt

annual steel production at Port Kembla Steelworks

770 kg

coal used for every tonne of steel

1000 kg

steel contained in the average car

Next steps

The Appin Mine Ventilation and Access Project followed a comprehensive approvals process through the NSW State Government. We have sought a modification to our existing Bulli Seam Operations Approval (08_0150).

The Project was recommended for approval by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) and subsequently received Ministerial approval in April 2022. Updated conditions relating to the Project have been included in the existing Bulli Seam Operations Approval (08_0150).

All documents, assessments and conditions relating to the Project are available on the NSW Planning Portal (planningportal.nsw.gov.au).

Appin Mine Ventilation and Access Project Videos

Appin Mine Ventilation and Access Project Shaft Sinking Process

Find out more about conventional shaft sinking at the Appin Mine Ventilation and Access Project.

Appin Mine Ventilation and Access Project Drivethrough

Drive through the locations relevant to the Appin Mine Ventilation and Access Project (video from September 2021)

Appin Mine Ventilation and Access Project Execution Summary

Find out more about how the Appin Mine Ventilation and Access Project will be executed.

Appin Mine Ventilation and Access Project Design Overview

Learn more about the Appin Mine Ventilation and Access Project.

Appin Mine Ventilation and Access Project Document Library

Get in touch

Illawarra Metallurgical Coal

Email: [email protected] Phone: 1800 102 210