Coal Industry

NSW boasts significant identified coal reserves, and has an enviable reputation as a reliable supplier of consistent quality coal. The Southern and Western Coalfields export through PKCT.


The Southern Coalfields located close to Port Kembla produce some of the best premium quality hard coking coal in the world. It is mined to a depth of 550 metres using the latest underground mining technology, producing coal that has low volatility and medium ash content.

Apart from servicing major export markets, coal produced in the Southern Coalfields also supplies the Australian steel industry, including Australia’s largest steelworks operated by BlueScope Steel at Port Kembla and Liberty Primary Steel Whyalla steelworks.

Export quality steaming (thermal) coal is also recovered during the washing process of the coking coal.

Southern mines exporting through PKCT:

  • South32 - Appin, Dendrobium
  • SIMEC Mining - Tahmoor
  • Peabody - Metropolitan Mine
  • Wollongong Coal - Russell Vale Mine & Wongawilli Mine


The Western Coalfields are located in an area that starts approximately 100 km west of Port Kembla. The Western mines produce export quality high energy thermal coal that typically has a medium ash content, low to moderate sulphur and low phosphorous.

Western coal is used in local power stations located close to the coalfields, or exported through PKCT.

Western Mines exporting through PKCT:

  • Glencore - Baal Bone
  • Centennial - Charbon, Clarence, Ivanhoe No. 2, Springvale


PKCT exports coal to more than 60 customers in 25 countries. Our largest destinations of equal size are Japan, India and China, as well as Korea, Taiwan and Europe.

PKCT is well placed to service India and China’s booming economies and their growing demand for coking and thermal coal. In addition, our flexibility and ability to handle small, specialist coal products means we are able to accept orders that other terminals cannot.