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Uncertain future for Aberpergwm mine

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World Coal,

Walter Energy has announced plans to put its Aberpergwm mine in South Wales into care and maintenance with significant redundancies among the 60 workers. Walter Energy has begun discussions with the mine’s workers over further potential redundancies, suspending operations and closing the mine.

A 30-day consultation on proposals for the mine will start on 12 June 2015.

In June 2014, Energybuild, an entirely owned subsidiary of Walter Energy, put forward plans to Neath Port Council to maintain operations for an additional 25 years at the 6000 acre site.

A reported statement from Walter Energy, said: "The current global economic environment is resulting in significant negative impacts to the coal industry, including Walter Energy's Aberpergwm operation in Wales. As a result, the company is proposing to place the mine on care and maintenance until further notice. The company will be exploring ways of avoiding redundancies and mitigating the number of employees affected. The company will carry out a consultation exercise with appropriate representatives of those employees who may be affected."

Edited by Harleigh Hobbs. Sources: InsiderMedia; BBC

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