The Phurnacite plant, a brief background
The Phurnacite plant is situated at the lower end of Aberdare, between Aberaman and Abercwmboi. The site covers approximately one hundred and fifty acres, made up of layer blender and reclaiming, briquetting plants, numbers 1 and Z, ovens = 7 batteries – one of which is out of use i.e. number 3, ammonia plant, welfare block – canteen, baths, medical centre, general offices, laboratory, weighbridges, workshops, various sidings.
“Phurnacite” is the trade name for a carbonised ovoid briquette with a size of about 45 x 38 x 28mm. The product is smokeless, hard and virtually dust free and is competitive with Anthracite for use in closed appliances, such as AGA cookers, Ideal Boilers, Continental type stoves, etc.
The original plant for the manufacture of Phurnacite was started up in 1942 by Powell Duffryn Ltd. and has run continuously until that date.
I hope the map and supporting photographs, will enable one to have a clearer picture of the works.