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Located in the Hunter Valley, Donaldson’s underground Abel mine previously produced thermal and semi-soft coking coal for blending, exporting via the Port of Newcastle.

As announced 2 May 2016, the Donaldson coal operation was moved to ‘care and maintenance’, with mining ceasing at the Abel underground mine in June 2016.

Feasibility studies to consider potential future mining options have commenced and the majority of Abel’s underground employees were successfully redeployed to the neighbouring Ashton and Austar mines.

Rehabilitation of the former Tasman mine was successfully completed in 2014.

The Donaldson underground lease area extends southwards from John Renshaw Drive towards George Booth Drive and is bounded on the eastern side by F3 Freeway and by Buttai Creek to the west.

Care and Maintenance

The move to care and maintenance is in response to ongoing global market challenges as the operation considers the future development of new underground working areas.

Care and maintenance includes the ongoing rehabilitation of the Donaldson site in accordance with existing approvals, as well as the management of the site both above and below ground as Yancoal works to consider all options for the potential further mining of the Abel underground.

GO TO: Donaldson Coal website

*On 17 February 2016, Yancoal Australia (Yancoal) announced a new debt funding arrangement to secure up to US$950 million via the issuing of nine-year secured debt bonds by a newly established Yancoal subsidiary, Watagan Mining Company Pty Ltd, to a consortium of financiers comprising Industrial Bank Co. Ltd, BOCI Financial Products Limited and United NSW Energy Limited.

On and from financial close, effective from 31 March 2016, Yancoal ceased to control the Austar, Ashton and Donaldson assets, but remains the exclusive provider of mine management, marketing, infrastructure and other corporate support services under 10-year contracts.