BRITISH COLUMBIA – Vancouver-based Teck Resources reported that on June 28,2010, the coal dryer exploded at the Greenhills mine near Elkford. Four employees were treated for minor smoke inhalation. Other employees, visitors and contractors were uninjured. The explosion also triggered a small brush fire that was put out by Teck firefighters.
The company says that the cause of the explosion is unknown. Several days will be needed to assess the damage and determine the extent of the interruption of production at Greenhills. Teck originally planned to produce 4.3 million tonnes of metallurgical coal from Greenhills this year. Coal will be washed at other nearby plants until the Greenhills plant comes back on stream. See www.Teck.com for updates.
Teck owns 80% of the Greenhills mine. The balance is held by a subsidiary of South Korean Pohang Iron and Steel Co. (POSCO).