Teck Resources Ltd. announced on January 19 that a significant pressure event had interrupted operations in the coal dryer at Teck’s Elkview mine in British Columbia, Canada, which produces metallurgical grade coal. A preliminary damage assessment has determined that repairs to the dryer may take in the range of four to six weeks. In the interim, Elkview is producing higher moisture met coals at approximately 80% of planned production levels. To manage the overall moisture level of the product, the company is coordinating production with its other operations in the Elk Valley and blending the higher moisture coal with dry finished coal inventory and dry coal from other operations. Teck expects lost production in the range of 200,000 metric tons of clean coal. Costs of repair to the dryer are not expected to exceed $5 million to $10 million.
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