VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - July 5, 2009) - Teck Resources Limited (TSX: TCK.A and TCK.B, NYSE: TCK) ("Teck") today announced the completion of statutory rail rate arbitration proceedings between a Teck subsidiary and Canadian Pacific Railway ("CP") in respect of rates for westbound coal shipments from Teck's five mines in southeast British Columbia to Westshore Terminals at Roberts Bank and Neptune Terminals in North Vancouver. The arbitration results will substantially reduce Teck's coal transportation costs.
The five year rail agreement that previously governed westbound shipments from Teck's mines in southeast British Columbia expired at the end of March 2009. Teck initiated final offer arbitration proceedings to establish rates and conditions of service thereafter. The new rate structure established by the arbitral decisions is not linked to the prices of Teck's coal products.
In a related development, Teck and Canadian National Railway ("CN") have entered into an agreement relating to the interchange of coal trains between CP and CN at Kamloops BC, for delivery by CN to the Vancouver area, primarily to Neptune Terminals, following a statutory arbitral proceeding between Teck and CP. This important development provides for choice of rail carriers for some coal exports from western Canadian mines for the first time that Teck is aware of. Teck may use the Kamloops interchange for up to 3.5 million tonnes through March 1, 2010.
The arbitral decisions provide a rate for the period of April 8, 2009 to April 7, 2010 for the movement of coal to Westshore and Neptune and from April 1, 2009 through March 1, 2010 for shipments to Kamloops. As a result, Teck expects average transportation costs, including rail and port costs, to be in the range of $33 to $35 per tonne for the 2009 calendar year, compared to previous guidance of $35 to $37 per tonne.
For the 2009 Coal Year commencing April 1, costs are expected to be in the range of $31 to $33 per tonne. The updated transportation cost range for Coal Year 2009 includes the effect of expected export coal pricing recently disclosed by Teck, which affects port throughput charges at Westshore, as well as updated fuel surcharge estimates.
The rail rates established by the arbitration proceedings are expected to result in savings of approximately $70 million for the 2009 Coal Year, commencing April 1, compared to prior estimates. Teck's sales guidance of 18 to 20 million tonnes for calendar year 2009 corresponds to an expected sales volume range of 20-22 million tonnes for the 2009 Coal Year. Similar to Teck's calendar year guidance (which remains as previously disclosed), Teck expects to achieve sales at the upper end of the 2009 Coal Year range. Of those sales, approximately 3.5 to 4.0 million tonnes per year are shipped under rail rates with CP and CN unaffected by the arbitration proceedings.
The commercial agreement between Teck and CN regarding the movement from Kamloops to Neptune is separate and confidential. CN continues to carry coal from Teck's Cardinal River mine under separate arrangements.
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