Baal Bone Colliery
Baal Bone Colliery closed as a mining operation in 2011 and played an important role for Glencore Coal as an employee training facility from 2012 to 2018.
Since 2019, a mine closure phase has been underway to rehabilitate and decommission infrastructure.
The old thermal coal colliery lies 32 kilometres north of Lithgow and 130 kilometres from Sydney in the Western Coalfields of New South Wales.
Baal Bone Colliery is managed by The Wallerawang Collieries Pty Ltd, which is 95% owned by Oakbridge and 5% by Sumitomo Corporation. Oakbridge is 78% owned by Glencore.
Established in 1983, Baal Bone Colliery operated as an underground and open cut mine at the site of the old Ben Bullen open cut mine, which was abandoned in 1952.
The colliery was developed to replace the diminishing reserves at Wallerawang Colliery to the south.
Mining ceased at Baal Bone in 2011 with the completion of Longwall 31.
During its years as a training mine, more than 300 new underground employees were trained at Baal Bone Colliery. They spent 12 weeks gaining experience and skills in an underground mining environment. The course included classroom tutorials and equipment familiarisation.
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