Owners Horizon Mining
plan four more in the region.
Kenfig-based Horizon Mining, which is reopening a drift mine in the Vale of Neath, says the Mines Rescue Service - the specialist emergency service for collieries - also needs better funding.
Horizon Mining plans to open four other mines in the region.
A spokesman for Kenfig-based Horizon Mining said: 'Who would have thought, 15 years ago even, that there would be a shortage of mining skills in South Wales early in the 21st Century?
Horizon Mining plans to open five mines in the region including one in the Vale of Neath that is expected to start producing coals within weeks.
The acquisition was made from Gold Horizon Mining
Company, a Nevada mining corporation.
In January its parent company, Horizon Mining
, aims to have active mining under way at the Unity Mine in the Neath Valley.
RDGI"), has executed a Memorandum Of Agreement with Gold Horizon Mining Company Inc.
The confidence that Gold Horizon Mining has in our ability to develop these mining sites and in the long term value of our stock were major factors in our ability to execute this agreement.
Abbey Mine, a wholly owned subsidiary of Horizon Mining, made a new licence application after the withdrawal of an offer of a licence to Modal Mining in 2004.
Horizon Mining claims it can help protect these jobs through using its existing mine (Unity in the Neath Valley) to employ Tower miners and transfer these jobs and skills over to Margam as the mine development takes place.
However, the mine's new owner, Horizon Mining
, has a licence to start coal extraction again.