Dendrobium Mine

Engineering and Technical Opportunities

Dendrobium mine is an existing underground coal mine owned and operated by Illawarra Coal, a subsidiary of South32. The mine lies near Wollongong, in New South Wales, Australia. The mine extracts coal from the Wongawilli Seam of the Southern Coalfield. Longwall mining is currently being undertaken primarily by producing high-quality coking coal.


Dendrobium Mine




Wollongong, NSW Australia

Time Frame

2021 to Current

Approach and Innovation

JDK was engaged by South32 for the provision of underground geotechnical shift coverage. The duties assigned to JDK’s Geotechnical mining team included: 

  • Mapping of development panels 

  • LW mapping 

  • Compilation of geotechnical information for environmental reports 

  • Interpreting geological structures for upcoming development panels 

  • Reporting on mining hazards and autonomously included and reported into the mine hazard plan 

  • Reporting on mapped structures reported to relevant stakeholders 

  • Geotechnical hazards identified 

JDK was able to undertake the scope of work effectively under the management of Illawarra Metallurgical Coal (IMC) Management. 

Project Highlights