VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 14, 2011) - Teck Resources Limited ("Teck", TCK.A and TCK.B, NYSE: TCK) announced today revised coal sales guidance for the first quarter of 2011. Sales have been affected by unusually difficult winter weather conditions, which have caused higher than normal rail delays due to avalanches, as well as an unusual number of locomotive power failures and train length restrictions due to cold weather. These weather related delays, together with two recent non-weather related derailments, and other mechanical issues have affected rail transport. In addition, operations at Neptune Terminals and Westshore Terminals have been affected by issues including high winds and mechanical failures. These issues have cumulatively affected coal transportation, restricting sales. The Elkview strike has not been a significant contributor to the reduction in sales as deliveries of Elkview coal from inventory continue, although slower rail loading times at Elkview have also affected rail cycle times. Teck and the union local representing the Elkview workforce commenced mediation on March 12 and mediation is ongoing.
Teck now expects coal sales in the first quarter to be in the range of 4.6 - 4.9 million tonnes. This compares to an average of 5.3 million tonnes of sales in the first quarter of each of the last six years. It is too early to assess any potential impact from the recent earthquake in Japan. Actual sales volumes will depend on rail and port performance for the balance of the quarter. Teck is working closely with its rail and port service providers to address these issues and to implement measures intended to enhance rail and port performance, including increasing train sets and slots, adding cars per train and adding crew. Teck expects performance to improve in the second quarter as a result of these measures assuming more normal weather conditions.
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