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Electrical failure at Teck refinery cuts production by one quarter

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Teck Resources said yesterday that equipment failure affected one of four rectifiers used in the zinc refinery will reduce production by 25% for 20 weeks with a production loss of 20,000 to 30,000 tonnes.

Teck said repairs will cost between $5 to $10 million.

There were no injuries or environmental impacts related to the failure.

Teck is one of the world's largest zinc refiners with the capacity to produce 295,000 tonnes of refined zinc per year. It also runs Red Dog Mine, the second largest producing zinc mine.

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