VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 19, 2009) - Teck Resources Limited (TSX: TCK.A and TCK.B, NYSE: TCK) announced today that coal contract settlements have progressed sufficiently to permit Teck to update its coal sales guidance. Teck expects 2009 coal sales to be at the upper end of the previously announced range of 18-20 million tonnes. Teck expects second quarter sales of approximately 5 million tonnes and third quarter sales in excess of 6 million tonnes. Significant increases in sales to China contribute significantly to Teck's increased confidence in higher sales volumes. Previously planned temporary production shutdowns at several mines have now been cancelled in order to meet the increased demand.
Teck has completed negotiations with more than 80% of its traditional customers, with pricing consistent with previously announced settlements at US$128 per tonne for Teck's highest quality coal products. To date, customers have committed to take delivery of 2.3 million tonnes of carryover tonnage in the 2009 coal year at 2008 coal year prices.
Increased production and sales for the remainder of the year are expected to significantly reduce site unit operating costs, as the per tonne impact of fixed costs, which represent about 25% of the cost structure, is reduced. Strip ratios are expected to reduce by approximately 25% in the second half of 2009 compared to the first half. Cost of sales in the 2009 calendar year is expected to be in the range of C$53 to C$56 per tonne.
Transportation costs are also expected to decline due to the impact of coal price-linked terms in Teck Coal's transportation contracts. Port costs decline by approximately $0.05 per tonne for each C$1 per tonne decrease in coal price. A new contract with Canadian Pacific Railway has not been reached for transportation from the five mines in the Elk Valley to west coast ports, but required service continues to be provided. Transportation costs for the 2009 calendar year are currently expected to be in the range of C$35 to C$37 per tonne.
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Factors that may cause actual results to vary include, but are not limited to, failure of Teck's customers to meet their contractual obligations, changes in conditions in the steel market, changes in foreign exchange rates, unplanned disruptions in production or transportation, changes in general economic conditions or conditions in the markets for metallurgical coal, and other risk factors as detailed from time to time in Teck's reports filed with Canadian securities administrators and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
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