Vale's Integra Mine complex – located ten kilometres from the township of Singleton in New South Wales' Hunter Valley – comprises both open cut and underground coal mines. Vale has been the operator and 61.2% owner of the integrated operations since 2007 when the Company entered the Australian market.

Operations at the Integra Coal complex were placed into care and maintenance in July 2014 and currently remain suspended. The decision was made due to the operation being considered economically unviable in present market conditions. This decision was taken unanimously by the joint venture’s partners – Vale, Nippon Steel, JFE Shoji, JFE Steel, Posco, Toyota Tsusho Australia and Chubu Electric Power Co.

Integra produces premium semi-hard, semi-soft metallurgical coals used in the steel making industry around the world. The mine also produces thermal or 'steam' coal which is sold to international customers for power generation, steel making and a variety of other uses.

Open Cut Operations

The open cut mine at Integra is a medium-size operation, occupying almost 1,500 hectares in total.

The mine – which commenced operations in 1991 – is a multi-seam operation utilising the truck and shovel method of mining. Annual production is approximately 2Mtpa run of mine coal and 1.4Mtpa of product coal.


The Integra underground mine is a modern longwall operation that commenced mining in 1999. With a coal seam that ranges in height from 1.9 to 2.5 metres, annual production is approximately 2.8Mtpa run of mine coal and 1.5Mtpa of product coal.


Run of mine coal from Integra’s open cut and underground mines is processed on site at a modern Coal Handling and Processing Plant (CHPP) with a capacity of 1,200 tonnes per hour.


Product coal from the CHPP is loaded onto trains at a purpose-built rail loadout facility and then transported by rail 90 kilometres to the Port Waratah Coal Terminal in Newcastle.​