Temporary closure agreed at Aberpergwm Mine
02 October 2020
Aberpergwm mine in the Vale of Neath is set to close temporarily following a cluster of positive coronavirus cases being confirmed at the site in recent days.
Neath Port Talbot Council’s contact tracing service, working alongside Public Health Wales; the Health and Safety Executive; and Swansea Bay University Health Board yesterday agreed the voluntary closure with mine operators, Energybuild Ltd.
Dr Keith Reid, Executive Director for Public Health for the Swansea Bay area, said: “The high rate of positive test results amongst staff at Aberpergwm Mine indicates a clear need for the immediate suspension of operations at the site.
“It is essential that we reduce the opportunity for the virus to spread further and we will work with our partners to gain a clear understanding of the reasons behind the cluster of cases linked to the mine.”
Cllr Leanne Jones, Neath Port Talbot Council Cabinet Member for Community Safety & Public Protection said: “We all have a role to play in keeping Neath Port Talbot safe. I would urge anyone who is contacted by our contact tracing service to cooperate fully with their advice and to provide the information they need to help us limit any further spread into our local communities.”
The mine will close from Friday 2nd October.
Cllr Jones added: “The company are fully cooperating with investigations and partner agencies will be advising the management team as they develop the plans which will be required to safely reopen the mine. However we do not yet know when this will be.”
Employees at the mine who tested positive have been given advice by the Test, Trace, Protect service and told to self-isolate.
Additional mobile testing capacity has also been arranged for all employees to attend.