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UK coal mine to be mothballed with loss of 70 jobs

19 October 2015

An opencast coal mine in the Neath Valley in Wales is being mothballed for three years with the loss of 70 jobs. Celtic Energy said it was closing the Selar site, near Glynneath, next March because of a 40% fall in the world price of coal. The company said some of the jobs could be transferred to nearby Celtic Energy sites.

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The company also has opencast coal operations at Nant Helen and East Pit, both also in South Wales, which will not be affected by the announcement.

Will Watson, chief executive of Celtic Energy, said: "We very much regret the impact this will have on our workforce and their families but we are hopeful that the inevitable redundancies required can mostly be achieved on a voluntary basis and we are looking at all possibilities for mitigating the impact by re-allocating people to other sites wherever possible.

"Discussions will also be held with local authorities and the Welsh government to put in place as much support as possible for those affected and to manage the regulatory implications of a temporary cessation of coaling at one of our sites."

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