Metropolitan Mine

Metropolitan Coal is an underground coal mining operation located near Helensburgh, NSW, producing metallurgical coking coal.

Metropolitan coal mine produces coking coal for export and domestic markets

Metropolitan is owned and operated by a subsidiary of Peabody Energy.

Metropolitan uses underground longwall mining techniques to extract the coal which is then transfered by conveyor to the major surface facilities area. The coal is transported by train to the Port Kembla Coal Terminal for
shipping to domestic and overseas customers.

Metropolitan Coal employs approximately 250 mine site workers.

The mine is located amongst a national park in Helensburgh, NSW. Its ability to innovate to meet its technical and environmental challenges make the operation truly unique.

Metropolitan produced 2 million tons of saleable coal in 2015.

In January 2009, Peabody’s Board approved the Metropolitan Coal Project, a $70 million expansion, and in June the same year, the New South Wales Government approved an upgrade to the existing operations. 

Contact Details

Community complaint hotline: 1800 115 003 (Australia)
Telephone: +61 2 4294 7200
Address: Parkes Street, Helensburgh NSW 2508

Approvals, Plans and Reports


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 129 years and is a major contributor to the ongoing stability and prospects of the region.

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