Teck refinery suffers equipment failure

Teck Resources has confirmed that there were no injuries or any environmental impact tied to an equipment failure at its Trail Operations – though it warned of lost production as a result of the event
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Trail produced around 303,000 tonnes of refined zinc in 2018

The company said the failure, which was electrical in nature, was recorded at the Trail Operations zinc refinery on August 25.

Officials did not outline plans for repairs, but did indicate that the issue affected one of its four rectifiers at the refinery.

Repairs are anticipated to take up to 20 weeks at a price tag of about US$5 million to US$10 million.

"During this time, refined zinc metal production at Trail will be limited to three of the four cell houses. As a result, production capacity during this time will be reduced by approximately 25%, resulting in an estimated production loss of 20,000-30,000 tonnes," the company said.

Trail produced about 303,000 tonnes of refined zinc in 2018. Its most recent guidance for whole-year 2019 is between 305,000t and 310,000t.