Ownership: Xstrata Plc (74.10%) Other parties/vendors (20.90%) Sumitomo Corporation (5.00%)
The Baal Bone underground and open-pit coal operations were established in 1983 at the site of the old Ben Bullen open-pit mine, which had been abandoned in 1952. Baal Bone is located in the Western Coalfields about 130 kilometres from Sydney and about 26km north-west of Lithgow in New South Wales. The colliery was developed to replace the diminishing reserves at Wallerawang Colliery south of the site. Product from the colliery is transported about 227km by rail to Port Kembla, from which the majority of it is exported. The mine also supplies domestic customers at Delta Electricity’s local power stations, about 20km away by road. Baal Bone had proven, probable reserves of 15.3Mt of coal and a measured, indicated and inferred resource of 35.8Mt of coal at August 7, 2001.
Operating. The mine produced 2.240Mtpa of coal to June 30, 2003. In early 2011 Xstrata’s application to continue long wall mining at the Baal Bone Colliery until 2014 approved by the NSW Planning Department.