Project Overview

The aim of the Hume Coal Project is to establish and operate a world-class, high-tech, underground mining facility producing around three million tonnes a year of essential raw materials – i.e. metallurgical coal for steel-making and industrial coal for cement production and power generation. The project will be environmentally, economically and socially sustainable.

Hume Coal is a subsidiary of POSCO Australia, which in turn is wholly owned by Korean company POSCO.

The proposed mine is a low-impact, underground operation. There will be no open-cut mining, no longwall mining and no coal-seam gas. Hume Coal plans to extract high-quality coking and industrial coal from the Wongawilli seam 70 metre to 180 metres below ground, using an extraction method, known as first-workings only, designed to preserve the long-term stability of the overlying strata and landscape above.

The proposed coal extraction area extends from the Illawarra Highway in the south to the Belanglo Forest in the west.

 

 

The mining process also ensures a minimal impact on bore levels in and around the mine extraction area, and faster recovery of levels once mining in an area has been completed. There will be no impact on town water and no subsidence impacts on natural waterways or surface features such as farm dams.

As detailed in the EIS, Hume Coal’s surface infrastructure has been integrated into the existing landscape, positioned on land owned by the company. As well as administration and employee facilities, the surface infrastructure includes covered conveyors (no trucks or bulldozers) bringing coal to the surface, a coal preparation plant, stacker-reclaimer stockpiling and rail loading facility. This will be built on a new rail loop which will join the existing Berrima Branch line.

Purpose-built, fully-covered rail wagons will be hauled by the latest generation of locomotives from the loading point to Port Kembla, via the Moss Vale to Unanderra line.

In full production the Hume Coal Project would employ 300 people and 400 during construction.