Canadian diversified miner Teck Resources Ltd. will start a
bulk sampling program at its Quintette metallurgical coal
project in western Canada over the next nine months in order to
produce saleable coal that will be offered for trial to
Columbia-based Teck has delayed the final stage of development
at Quintette until the market for coking coal recovers. The
project in northeast British Columbia will have an annual
production capacity of 3 million tonnes of coking coal.
"We are continuing to
proceed with detailed engineering work at the Quintette project
so that, if market conditions are favorable, we will be in a
position in early 2014 to decide to proceed with reopening.
That could result in commercial production in mid-2015," Teck
said in its third-quarter financial report.
The mine sold coking
coal to the Japanese market for nearly 18 years before closing
in 2000. Three years ago, Teck initiated a feasibility study
into reopening Quintette, which was completed in the third
quarter of last year.
A version of this article was first published by AMM sister
publication Steel First.