The Metropolitan Mine is an underground mine located 30 kilometers north of Wollongong near the township of Helensburgh that produces coking coal for export and domestic markets.
Metropolitan is owned and operated by a subsidiary of Peabody and has a workforce of approximately 570 people, including contractors.
A more than 125-year history, its location nestled amongst the second oldest national park in the world, and its ability to innovate to meet its technical and environmental challenges make the Metropolitan operation truly unique.
Metropolitan produced 2.1 million tons of saleable coal in 2012.
In January 2009, Peabody’s Board approved the Metropolitan Coal Project, a A$70 million expansion, and in June the same year, the New South Wales Government approved an upgrade to the existing operations.
Community Hotline Number: 1800 115 003 (Australia)
Telephone: +61 2 4294 7200
Address: Parkes Street, Helensburgh NSW 2508
Metropolitan Mine pioneered the use of Polyurethane Resin (PUR) injections to fill localized shallow surface cracking to restore surface flows in the Sydney Drinking Water Catchment, particularly the Waratah Rivulet. Metropolitan continues to work closely with scientific and environmental experts to further develop PUR technology for remediation purposes. In addition, the operation is trialing underground emplacement of reject material, which is innovative among Australian coal operations.
Metropolitan won the 2011 New South Wales Minerals Council Environment and Community Excellence Awards for its innovative coal waste rock recycling project.
As one of the oldest continually operating coal mining operations in Australia, Metropolitan has been an integral part of the Helensburgh community for more than 124 years and is a major contributor to the ongoing stability and prospects of the region.
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