Red Dog

Red Dog Operations is one of the world's largest zinc mines, located in northwest Alaska, USA.

About Red Dog

Red Dog Operations is one of the world's largest zinc mines, located about 170 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle in northwest Alaska, near Kotzebue. 

In 1989, Red Dog Operations was developed through an innovative operating agreement between the operator Teck and the land-owner NANA, a Regional Alaska Native corporation owned by the Iñupiat people of northwest Alaska. The mine and concentrator properties are leased from, and were developed under the agreement with NANA.

Red Dog is an open-pit truck-and-loader operation, using conventional drill and blast mining methods. Concentrates produced at Red Dog are shipped to our metallurgical facilities in Trail, British Columbia, and to customers in Asia and Europe.

The current mine life, based on existing developed deposits, is expected to extend through to 2031.

Red Dog Operating Results

($ in millions)

2021 2020

2019

Revenue

$1,567 $1,394

$1,594

Gross profit (loss)

$678 $513

$696

Gross profit (loss) before depreciation and amortization1

$822 $717

$837

Production — contained in concentrate (thousand tonnes)

503 491

553

Sales (thousand tonnes)

446 551

561

Notes:
1 This is a non-GAAP financial measure or ratio. See "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Ratios" section of the Management's Discussion and Analysis for further information. 

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Red Dog's Response to COVID-19

Red Dog Operations implemented COVID-19 response measures to safeguard the health and safety of employees and contractors at site. These measures include:
  • Bi-weekly COVID testing at site for all personnel during their rotation. Testing is also completed before employees travel to site by air from Anchorage and upon arrival to site for personnel arriving from the NANA region communities.

  • Availability of COVID-19 vaccination on site for all personnel. The vaccines are overwhelmingly safe and have been shown to effectively reduce the risk of severe illness and hospitalization, including against new variants.

  • Readily available disinfection and cleaning supplies for living and workspaces.  

  • HEPA filtration units are installed in employee bus transportation, living spaces, and offices. 

  • All personnel must maintain physical/social distancing (six feet minimum) and wear an RDO-provided 3-ply medical mask or KN95 respirator when physical/social distancing is not possible.

  • Daily documented effectiveness checks to drive adherence to all COVID-19 physical distancing protocols and identify opportunities for improvement.

  • All individuals with positive test results are required to isolate for five days and will wear masks or respirators for an additional five days.

  • Anyone identified as having had close contact with these individuals must utilize an RDO-provided 3-ply medical mask or KN95 respirator for ten days and undergo COVID-19 testing for five days, provided they do not display symptoms. 

Red Dog Operations is focused on safeguarding the health and safety of our employees and the communities in which they live. Red Dog Operations is following response protocols to ensure the health and safety of all personnel at the operation is maintained. We are also working with public health authorities and taking precautionary steps to manage the risk of transmission. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Red Dog has implemented protocols in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to safeguard the health and safety of all personnel. This includes bi-weekly COVID testing at site for all personnel during their rotation and daily documented effectiveness checks to drive adherence to all COVID-19 physical distancing protocols and identify opportunities for improvement.

  • Every Red Dog employee must adhere to Red Dog COVID-19 mitigation measures that reflect current CDC guidance and local and state mandates. 

Red Dog closely monitors public health guidance and adjusts response protocols as required to align with this guidance.

Red Dog continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic closely. Through implementation and adherence to site protocols, Red Dog has greatly reduced the spread of COVID-19 at site and within the communities in which our personnel live.

As such, Red Dog personnel and visitors on outbound flights to Anchorage and select regional communities no longer require a COVID test. Outbound flight COVID-19 testing will continue only for those employees flying to communities requiring testing. Additionally, any personnel who wish to continue to receive a COVID test on fly-days may do so. 

Red Dog reserves the right to restore outbound testing if circumstances require doing so.

All personnel traveling from communities in the Northwest Arctic region are tested on the day of arrival at site. 

All personnel traveling from Anchorage are required to take a rapid test at the Anchorage Ted Stevens International Airport on the day of travel.

Rapid Antigen testing is also readily available and is used for bi-weekly test requirements. 

Red Dog has ABBOTT ID NOW rapid test analyzers at site, which are used to process COVID-19 tests. These machines have the capacity to process one test every 15 minutes. 

Rapid test analyzers are used to process samples from personnel experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and for regional personnel on the day they arrive at Red Dog.

Testing remains a key part of our measures to contain and mitigate COVID-19 by identifying positive individuals to help prevent person-to-person transmission of COVID-19.

Isolation occurs when an individual has tested positive for the virus and is separated from people who are not positive. People must isolate themselves for five days and then wear a mask for an additional five days.

The five-day quarantine requirement for close contact with a COVID-positive individual has been suspended. Those who are close contacts can continue to work but must test daily for five days and wear an approved mask while around others for ten days, provided they display no symptoms of COVID-19.

Red Dog has designated a personnel care wing in the Personnel Accommodations Complex (PAC) to house individuals who need to be isolated.

Individuals can take fresh air or smoking breaks provided they follow the specific direction for entry and exiting their camp wing.

The ventilation system has been configured to only use air supplied outside the living facility. Therefore, the air is not recycled in the facility. Personnel providing meals and collecting garbage from rooms are required to maintain a minimum six-foot distance and wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when servicing the care wing. They do not enter the rooms of isolated personnel.
 
Additionally, rooms where a positive COVID-19 case was confirmed are thoroughly sanitized using sanitizing foggers before they are allowed to be used for standard occupancy. 

  • Red Dog has implemented protocols in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to safeguard the health and safety of all personnel. This includes bi-weekly COVID testing at site for all personnel during their rotation and daily documented effectiveness checks to drive adherence to all COVID-19 physical distancing protocols and identify opportunities for improvement.

  • Every Red Dog employee must adhere to Red Dog COVID-19 mitigation measures that reflect current CDC guidance and local and state mandates. 

Red Dog closely monitors public health guidance and adjusts response protocols as required to align with this guidance.

Red Dog continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic closely. Through implementation and adherence to site protocols, Red Dog has greatly reduced the spread of COVID-19 at site and within the communities in which our personnel live.

As such, Red Dog personnel and visitors on outbound flights to Anchorage and select regional communities no longer require a COVID test. Outbound flight COVID-19 testing will continue only for those employees flying to communities requiring testing. Additionally, any personnel who wish to continue to receive a COVID test on fly-days may do so. 

Red Dog reserves the right to restore outbound testing if circumstances require doing so.

All personnel traveling from communities in the Northwest Arctic region are tested on the day of arrival at site. 

All personnel traveling from Anchorage are required to take a rapid test at the Anchorage Ted Stevens International Airport on the day of travel.

Rapid Antigen testing is also readily available and is used for bi-weekly test requirements. 

Red Dog has ABBOTT ID NOW rapid test analyzers at site, which are used to process COVID-19 tests. These machines have the capacity to process one test every 15 minutes. 

Rapid test analyzers are used to process samples from personnel experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and for regional personnel on the day they arrive at Red Dog.

Testing remains a key part of our measures to contain and mitigate COVID-19 by identifying positive individuals to help prevent person-to-person transmission of COVID-19.

Isolation occurs when an individual has tested positive for the virus and is separated from people who are not positive. People must isolate themselves for five days and then wear a mask for an additional five days.

The five-day quarantine requirement for close contact with a COVID-positive individual has been suspended. Those who are close contacts can continue to work but must test daily for five days and wear an approved mask while around others for ten days, provided they display no symptoms of COVID-19.

Red Dog has designated a personnel care wing in the Personnel Accommodations Complex (PAC) to house individuals who need to be isolated.

Individuals can take fresh air or smoking breaks provided they follow the specific direction for entry and exiting their camp wing.

The ventilation system has been configured to only use air supplied outside the living facility. Therefore, the air is not recycled in the facility. Personnel providing meals and collecting garbage from rooms are required to maintain a minimum six-foot distance and wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when servicing the care wing. They do not enter the rooms of isolated personnel.
 
Additionally, rooms where a positive COVID-19 case was confirmed are thoroughly sanitized using sanitizing foggers before they are allowed to be used for standard occupancy. 

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