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Rhodri Morgan: Port Talbot needs government intervention—fast

The town has a chance, if it can exploit valuable reserves of "coking coal"

By Rhodri Morgan  

Blast Furnace Number 5 at the Port Talbot Corus Steel Plant South Wales

Last year saw the closure of steelworks in Redcar and Scunthorpe. Now the steelworks in Port Talbot, Wales—like the Scunthorpe works also owned by the Indian company Tata steel—is facing 750 job losses, about 20 per cent of its workforce. Though the steelworks produce different products—Scunthorpe is a “flat products works” specialising in sheets of steel for car bodies and washing machines, while Port…

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