We are the world’s largest exporter of seaborne thermal coal used to generate electricity and one of the largest producers of coal used to make steel and other industrial applications. Our headquarters are in Sydney and we have interests in over 30 open cut and underground coal mines in Australia, South Africa and Colombia and exploration projects in British Columbia, Canada.
Our business is world scale. We produced 106 million tonnes of managed coal in 2012, about 85 per cent of which was exported. With a complementary mix of underground and open cut mines which produce thermal, coking and semi-soft coal products, we are Australia's leading exporter of thermal coal and South African's third largest coal exporter. This strategic split of operations enables access to both the Pacific and Atlantic export coal markets. The export market represents around 90% of our customer base, with the Australian and domestic markets the remainder.
With an unmatched pipeline of competitive coal projects across all of our geographies, we have the potential to expand our current production by more than 50 million tonnes per annum.
We employ more than 17,000 people, including contractors, globally, with the majority working out of the New South Wales Hunter Valley and Queensland’s Bowen Basin in Australia, and the Witbank area of South Africa.
Across our global operations, we have a total commitment to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace, allocating significant resources to training and management systems to ensure a best practice approach to safety at all times. In parallel to this, we have an unwavering focus on meeting our environmental commitments.
We are a member of the FutureGen Alliance and have committed US$25 million to support the building of a first-of-a-kind integrated near-zero emission coal-fuelled power plant in the United States. We are also a major contributor to the AUD$300 million COAL 21 voluntary industry fund for the development of Australian clean coal technologies.