Xstrata Oaky Creek Coal (OCC) is located between the mining towns of Tieri and Middlemount. It is a modern underground operation, producing high quality export coking coal.
Oaky Creek No. 1 Underground Colliery began its longwall operations in July 1990. The underground was officially opened by Resources Minister Ken Vaughn on October 12, 1990. Total workforce numbered 585.
Highwall augering to recover coal from the open cut highwalls prior to subsidence following underground mining commenced in 1992. The contractor operated Alliance low seam longwall operations west of Oaky No 1 began in 1997, with Oaky North underground commencing production in February 1999. The Alliance colliery was sealed in 2002, Xstrata purchased MIM in 2003 and the open cut operations were closed in 2006.
Named Australian Mine of the Year and Coal Mine of the Year at the 2011 Australian Mining Prospect Awards, Xstrata Oaky Creek Coal now operates three state of the art longwalls, including a world first automated low seam longwall.
With an absolute commitment to developing and training our people, Xstrata Oaky Creek Coal offers excellent career opportunities for the successful individual. Visit www.xstrata.com.au