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Interrupted operations at Elkview coal mine

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World Coal,

On 19 January 2018, Teck Resources Ltd announced that a significant pressure event had interrupted operations in the coal dryer at Teck’s Elkview mine.

According to the company, preliminary damage assessment has determined that repairs to the dryer may take in the range of 4 – 6 weeks. In the interim, Elkview is producing higher moisture steelmaking coals at approximately 80% of planned production levels.

In order to manage the overall moisture level of their product they are coordinating production with our other operations in the Elk Valley, and blending the higher moisture coal with dry finished coal inventory and dry coal from other operations to the extent possible. Teck expects lost production in the range of 200 000 t of clean coal. Costs of repair to the dryer are not expected to exceed CAN$5-10 million. 

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