Vancouver, BC –Teck Resources Limited (TSX: TCK.A and TCK.B, NYSE: TCK) (“Teck”) reported that an explosion occurred in the coal dryer at Teck’s Greenhills coal mine near Elkford British Columbia today at approximately 3.15 p.m. All employees, visitors and contractors have been accounted for. Four employees have been treated for minor smoke inhalation. Teck has mobilized teams to control a brush fire triggered by the explosion. The cause of the accident is not known at this time. Damage to the dryer building is extensive. It is expected to be several days before the damage can be fully assessed and the extent of the interruption of production at Greenhills can be estimated.
Regulatory agencies and authorities have been notified.
Teck has an 80% interest in Greenhills. Greenhills’s planned 2010 production was approximately 4.3 million tonnes of metallurgical coal, of which Teck’s share is approximately 3.4 million tonnes.
Teck is a diversified resource company committed to responsible mining and mineral development with major business units focused on copper, steelmaking coal, zinc and energy. Headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, its shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols TCK.A and TCK.B and the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TCK. Further information about Teck can be found at: www.teck.com.
Vice President, Investor Relations & Strategic Analysis
Teck Resources Limited