The Phurnacite plant, Conclusion
With all the problems associated with the phurnacite works, profitability, or rather the lack of it, being the main consideration if the plant were to close, the loss to the national coal board would be greater than keeping it open. This is due to the fact that large quantities of coal (somewhere in the region of 7.5 million tonnes) would have to be stocked. The coast of this would also lead to the closure of the few pits remaining in south Wales. With all the men from the plant, pits, transport etc, out of work, it would mean economic disaster for the whole of south Wales.
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