Things you might not have known about Tahmoor Coking Coal.
Tahmoor Coking Coal employs approximately 400 people and close to half live in the communities near the mine.
The Mine is owned by GFG Alliance’s SIMEC Mining, an international natural resources and energy company with customers in more than 30 countries.
The Tahmoor mine produces coking coal; the carbon from which is combined with iron in the steelmaking process for production of high strength steel used in every-day items such as whitegoods, housing materials, railway lines, Colorbond ® roofing and guttering, and wind turbines.
Mining is currently being carried out in the Tahmoor North lease area which is forecast to continue until around 2022. Pending approval of the Tahmoor South project, operations will then commence to the south of existing operations in the Bargo area.
What is the process of using coking coal to make steel?
Mining occurs at a depth of up to 450 metres below the surface. Access to and from underground is via a small train which travels up and down a 1.7-kilometre drift (a sloping tunnel from the surface to the working area below).
Extracted using longwall equipment, the coal is brought to the surface of the mine and washed at the Coal Handling and Processing Plant (CHPP) situated on the pit top, located on Remembrance Driveway, Tahmoor.
The washed coal is then transported by rail to Port Kembla for domestic and overseas customers.
People and equipment move about using a network of underground roadways and air is supplied to them via a ventilation system which uses very large fans to draw air down from the surface, through and out of the working area.