(ANSA) - Rome, August 31 - A Sardinian coalmine that is at the centre of a high-profile industrial dispute will not close as feared on December 31, the economic development ministry said in a statement on Friday. The news came at the end of a much-awaited meeting between Sardinian Regional Governor Ugo Cappellacci, Carbonia-Iglesias Provincial President Salvatore Cherchi, Development Undersecretary Claudio De Vincenti and Industry Minister Corrado Passera. The participants also agreed to review a regional plan for the use of clean-coal technology as part of an integrated approach to local energy production "to update it and make it compatible with the best and most economically sustainable technologies," the ministry said. Miners working for the Carbosulcis coal company at the Nuraxi Figus mine in the Sulcis coal basin in southwestern Sardinia are currently staging a protest 375 meters underground. They are asking the government to go ahead with plans for clean-coal technology and CO2 storage which they say would also give them greater employment security.
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