Mill enhancements slow Red Dog output
Miningnewsnorth - Teck Resources Ltd. Feb. 12 reported that the Red Dog Mine produced 552,400 metric tons (1.22 billion pounds) of zinc during 2019, down about 5% from the 583,200 metric tons (1.29 billion lb) of the galvanizing metal produced in 2018.
The Northwest Alaska operation also produced 102,800 metric tons (226.6 million lb) of lead last year, which is a more than 4% increase over the 98,400 (217 million lb) produced the previous year.
During the fourth quarter, Red Dog produced 131,100 metric tons (289 million lb) of zinc, which is 18% lower than the 160,100 metric tons (353 million lb) produced during the same period a year ago.
Lead production was also down slightly during the fourth quarter. During the final quarter of 2019, Red Dog produced 26,000 metric tons (57.3 million lb) of lead, a 2% drop from the 26,600 metric tons (58.6 million lb) produced at the mine during the same period of 2018.