Construction begins on a new £10 million coal washing plant at Ffos-y-fran
In a move to meet demand for high quality Welsh coal from the steel industry, Miller Argent has begun work on building a new state of the art coal washing facility on the Ffos-y-fran site. The total investment in this new plant will be £10 million when it is completed by the late summer of 2015.
This move represents a significant investment into the local economy with approximately 25% of the money being spent with local companies, particularly electrical and civil engineering contractors. Of the 95 workmen who will be employed during the creation of the site 42 will be from local companies.
When the coal washing plant is completed it will produce coal to a specification that makes it suitable for use in high pressure injection furnaces in the steel industry, such as Tata Steel at Port Talbot. Miller Argent will create seven new high quality jobs as a direct result of the new plant and will be actively seeking to fill these roles locally.
Jim Davies, Managing Director of Blackwood based JD Civil Engineering added: “Currently we are constructing the foundations for this new 400 tonne per hour plant. This means local people are working on the site and we, in turn, are sourcing material from the local supply chain. It is important to try to keep this work in the local economy and we are proud to be involved.”