VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, Sep. 20, 2010 (Marketwire) -- Teck Resources Limited (TSX: TCK.A and TCK.B, NYSE: TCK) today provided an update on its coal pricing and sales guidance. Teck has completed fourth quarter negotiations with a majority of its traditional customers in both the Pacific and Atlantic regions with pricing generally at $209 per tonne for its top quality brand, with other brands priced in line with market settlements announced by other producers for similar quality products. Teck also said that that its coal sales for the quarter and the year are being negatively affected by some temporary capacity constraints at Westshore Terminals.
Third quarter coal sales are now expected to be in the range of 5.2 to 5.5 million tonnes, in comparison to Teck's previous guidance for the quarter of 5.8 to 6.2 million tonnes. Sales for the calendar year are expected to be in the range of 23.0 to 23.8 million tonnes, in comparison to Teck's previously announced guidance of 23.5 to 24.5 million tonnes. Shipments through Westshore have been affected by Westshore not operating at its stated annual capacity of 29 million tonnes during the current quarter. Neither the ongoing strike at the Coal Mountain mine nor the June 2010 explosion in the Greenhills processing plant has had a material impact on sales. Teck continues to load vessels with Coal Mountain coal from port inventory. The rebuilt Greenhills dryer is expected to begin commissioning in December 2010, but the mine will continue to ship higher moisture coal in the interim.
Teck is in discussions with Westshore concerning the shortfall in shipments and possible measures to alleviate the situation. Westshore has advised that improvements at the port are expected to permit Westshore to load all of Teck's expected deliveries to Westshore in 2011. In the interim, Teck is taking all available steps to mitigate the impact of the shortfalls at Westshore, including diverting shipments to Neptune Bulk Terminals (Canada) Ltd., in which it has a 46% ownership interest, and to Ridley Terminals Inc. in Prince Rupert.
This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and forward-looking information as defined in the Securities Act (Ontario). Forward-looking statements and information can be identified by the use of words such as "expects", "intends", "is expected", "potential" or variations of such words and phrases or statements that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "should", "would", "might" or "will" be taken, occur, or be achieved. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding Teck's expectations regarding coal sales volumes and the anticipated commissioning of the Greenhills coal dryer.
Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Teck to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements.
Factors that may cause actual results to vary include, but are not limited to, further operational difficulties at Westshore Terminals, including those caused by inclement weather or commitments of Westshore to other parties, Teck's inability to implement planned mitigation measures, changes in conditions in the steel market, changes in foreign exchange rates, other 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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Teck is a diversified resource company committed to responsible mining and mineral development with major business units focused on copper, steelmaking coal, zinc and energy. Headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, its shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols TCK.A and TCK.B and the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TCK.
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