The Donaldson open cut mine is about 25km from the Port of Newcastle. It consists of three mines – one open cut and two underground mines.
Soil, overburden and coal are removed via a conventional truck and shovel haul back process. The mine area is constantly being backfilled and rehabilitated.
Raw coal is transported via trucks on an internal roadway to be washed and loaded at the Bloomfield Colliery, about 1.5km away. Processed coal is then transported to the Port of Newcastle via rail for export.