NEW YORK 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 potential customers.
Vancouver, British 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.