Teck Resources reduced its first quarter coal sales volumes after repairs to the coal dryer at its Elkview operations caused an almost two-month halt in production.  Full commercial production at Elkview is expected to resume this week.

Teck reported in a Friday press release that the shutdown caused approximately 200,000 tonnes of clean coal production to be lost, and adjusted its coal sales volume for the first quarter of 2018 to approximately six million tonnes, down from previous estimates of 6.3 to 6.5 million tonnes.

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The coal drying facility at one of Teck’s five steelmaking coal operations in the Elk Valley was shut down on Jan. 18, following an explosion. United Steelworkers Local 9346 president Alex Hanson told CIM Magazine at the time that workers reported seeing a “fireball” shoot through the building’s vents. No employees were injured in the incident.

Repairs to the dryer were reported as being under $10 million, in line with previous estimates.

Teck also said “ongoing poor performance” from the Vancouver-based Westshore Terminals and other logistical issues also contributed to the lowered sales estimate.