History and location

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

Our history of coal mining around these parts began in 1935 at Wongawilli Colliery.

Big things beneath the surface

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 high quality metallurgical coal used for steelmaking. As a by-product, we also supply small amounts of coal for energy.

Everything is processed at our plants at West Cliff and Dendrobium, before being transported by road and rail down to Port Kembla in Wollongong. From there it is shipped off around Australia-and the world.

We also look after the Port Kembla Coal Terminal.

Illawarra Metallurgical Coal

Safer walking and cycling now a reality

We've helped provide the community with a pedestrian and cycle pathway network, giving locals a much safer and healthier way to get around.

See case study

Playing our part

We're pleased to be a part of the community, working together on big projects and lending a hand when needed, and we're proud to support two community programs that will deliver long-term benefits.

These are:

  • Illawarra Coal Community Partnerships Program
  • Dendrobium Community Enhancement Program

We also have two groups dedicated to talk to the community about our operations.

These are:

  • Illawarra Coal Community Consultative Committee
  • Dendrobium Community Consultative Committee

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Regenerating threatened species

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We've allocated land for the conservation and care of koalas and other animals in Illawarra.

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Get in touch with Illawarra Metallurgical Coal

Jason Economidis
Jason Economidis

Jason Economidis, Vice President Operations

Jason is an experienced mining operator, having worked in the sector for more than 25 years. Jason came to South32 from Orica, where he held the position of Vice President Coal. His responsibility at Orica covered 25 mining operations across Queensland and New South Wales. Jason has worked in senior positions at Peabody as General Manager of two large coal operations in Australia, with Vale Coal Australia as Chief Operating Officer, and at BHP as General Manager of Goonyella-Riverside, Caval Ridge and Vice President Health, Safety and Environment.  

Rachel Cameron, Corporate Affairs

Illawarra Metallurgical Coal
Level 3, Enterprise 1 Building,
Innovation Campus, Squires Way,
North Wollongong, 2500
New South Wales 
Phone: +61 2 4286 3000

Community Call Line: 1800 102 210