Cordeaux coal mine

From Global Energy Monitor

The Cordeaux Coal mine was an underground mine that has been on long-term care and maintenance since 2001. It is owned by South32.

The mine’s lifetime spanned from 1980 to 2001, during which time the mine was owned by BHP Coal. Economically minable coal in the Cordeaux Colliery reserve area was depleted by the year 2001.[1]

South32 has undergone some rehabilitation steps for the Cordeaux coal mine, such as sealing and rehabilitating a coal shaft.[2]

According to South32’s 2019 Annual Review, the mine’s pit top is used as office space and a storage facility. It is also “used as a base for exploration activity across the Dendrobium and Appin mining leases and exploration tenements…Dendrobium Mine’s future underground mining operations consider Cordeaux Colliery Pit Top and the Corrimal No. 3 shaft site to be of potential significant strategic value.”[3]


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Project Details

  • Sponsor: Endeavour Coal Pty Ltd[4]
  • Parent Company: South32[4]
  • Location: Located adjacent approximately 20 km North West of Wollongong in New South Wales.[5]
  • GPS Coordinates: -34.32585, 150.76894
  • Status: Care and maintenance as of 2001[4]
  • Production Capacity: 823,000 ROM tonnes of coal for the fiscal year to June 2000.[6] N/a since then.
  • Total Resource:
  • Mineable Reserves: 0 Mt[1]
  • Coal type:
  • Mine Size: 11.9 ha[4]
  • Mine Type: underground[1]
  • Start Year: 1980[6]
  • Source of Financing:

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 H. Pinkster, "Planning for Mine Closures," "University of Wollongong Australia," 2004.
  2. "SECTION 7: Rehabilitation and Mine Closure," "South32," accessed June 2020.
  3. "ANNUAL REVIEW FY19," "South32," 2019.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 "Annual Review FY16," "South32," 2016.
  5. "POLLUTION INCIDENT RESPONSE MANAGEMENT PLAN – EPL 611," "Illawarra Metallurgical Coal," April 6, 2020.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Cordeaux to close," Australia's Mining Monthly, March 2001.