A bridge is about to slide into position Work in progress on the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff The loading bay at a steelworks

From: Coal washery gets £8m. modernisation

…Anthracite, a high-quality smokeless fuel with ready markets at home and abroad, is brought by road from opencast mines in the surrounding coal field, and tipped onto a grid that allows only pieces smaller than 200mm to fall though onto a conveyor. Larger pieces are taken to a crushing plant which reduces them to the required size, then mixes them with the earlier material.
After passing under a magnet which removes any pieces of iron which would damage the plant, a similar process reduces the unwashed coal and impurities to less than 75mm, the largest-sized product which the washery handles. The material then passes to a Baum Jig Washbox, which creates a wave motion to separate the coal from the denser shale and slag. Further screening sizes the coal into Large Nuts (75mm to 50mm); Small Nuts (50mm to 22mm) and Beans (22mm to 11mm).
Using boom conveyors to prevent further degradation, these are loaded onto road and rail wagons, much of it containerised for despatch to mainland distribution depots, or for shipment to Northern Ireland.

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Industrial work by South Wales photojournalist
Deryck Lewis

Text and photographs copyright © Deryck Lewis