The small underground coal mine, located in Western Coalfields near Capertee, was acquired by Centennial in 1997. Construction on the mine began in December 2009 and approximately 500,000t per annum of coal was produced in 2011, with a full production capacity of 1.8 million tonnes per annum.
Mining methods included a combination of place changing, super panel, super place changing and partial extraction continuous miner techniques. The coal was transported via a rail system to the Port Kembla coal loader.
In January 2013 the mine’s status changed from operational to care and maintenance. The site currently has 33.7 million tonnes of coal reserves remaining, which is equivalent to 18.7 years of production left. It will continue to meet safety and environmental regulations and have a project team onsite. Airly will be appropriately maintained to enable reopening when market conditions improve.