The Phurnacite plant, outlet
The Phurnacite plant produces on average around 12 – 13,000 tones of Phurnacite a week, that is about 624,000 tones a year.
The information below illustrates what the production figures where in 1970.
Coal carbonised per year: 1,136,000 tonnes
Phurnacite produced per year: 832,000 tonnes
Phurnacite produced per week: 16,000 tonnes
Screened Nuts per year: 43,300 tonnes
Breeze produced per year: 142,000 tonnes
The Phurnacite is dispatched all over the country by rail and road. The map on the following page shows some of the distribution depots. The various depots around the country normally receive on average, nice 21 tonne wagons, but on occasions they will order as many as twenty-one wagons all carrying 21 tonnes each.
Some parts of the country can only take a wagon of 16 tonnes, and these wagons are abused if a coal merchant only wants to order a small amount of Phurnacite. The Phurnacite that goes to the Isle of Mull, is first dispatched by rail to Glasgow and then goes by boat to the island.
Breeze is mainly recycled and mixed with coal at the blending site, but some of the breeze is sent around the country to various brick works. One such place is Rudgewick Brickworks in West Sussex. Breeze is also sent to Cardiff docks by road, where it is shipped abroad and to Swansea docks by rail and then on to various parts of Northern Ireland by boat. The only product, which is actually sent to a by-product plant outside, is TAR. It is sent to National Coal Board central Tar refinery at Caerphilly for processing.