NRE No. 1 Colliery

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NRE No. 1 Colliery is an existing underground coal mine owned by Gujarat NRE Australia Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of Gujarat NRE Coke Ltd. The mine is located 8 km N of Wollongong in New South Wales. (It was formerly known as the South Bulli Colliery).

On its website, the company states that the mine will "will ensure a steady supply of high quality raw material for its coke ovens operations in India in a highly volatile environment and provide insurance against price volatility. The Colliery will also create employment in the Illawarra area and in India with benefits to both the nations."[1]


On its website the company states that "the management team is currently developing major expansion plans for the mine that will be implemented in 2007. It is planned to re-establish the mine as a longwall operation, with longwall faces operating in both the Wongawilli and Bulli seams. A full feasibility study will be conducted this year, with an aim to produce up to 4MTpa from the various coal seams."[1]

The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics lists two expansion projects as being under consideration for the mine. The first is listed as a "preliminary works project" which is awaiting government approval and would cost $114 million to construct. It would employ 13 people during construction.

The second listed expansion is currently the subject of a feasibility study, is expected to produce 2 million tonnes per annum of coal and cost $250 million to construct. The mine is projected to employ 65 people during construction and 350 when operating.[2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Gujarat NRE Australia, "NRE NO. 1 Colliery", Gujarat NRE Australia website, accessed August 2010.
  2. Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics, "Minerals and energy: Major development projects", April 2010. (Pdf). The list is also available in Excel format here.)

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