Baal Bone is located in the Western Coalfields of NSW, 32 km north of Lithgow and approximately 130 km from Sydney.
The mine is operated by Wallerawang Collieries Ltd, a company which is 95% owned by Oakbridge and 5% by Sumitomo Corporation. Oakbridge is 78% owned by Glencore.
Brief history of the operation
Baal Bone Colliery is an underground/open cut operation established in 1983 at the site of the old Ben Bullen opencut mine, which had been abandoned in 1952. The colliery was developed to replace the diminishing reserves at Wallerawang Colliery to the south.
In 2011, with the completion of longwall 31, mining ceased at Baal Bone Colliery.
Between 2012 and 2018, Baal Bone Colliery was used as a training facility for Glencore employees. Underground workers completed a twelve week training course including classroom tutorials and equipment familiarisation. The objective of the training program was to provide employees with experience and skills in an underground mining environment.
In 2019 Baal Bone Colliery commenced the mine closure phase of its operation which includes the decommissioning of infrastructure as well as further rehabilitation activities.