About Red Dog
Red Dog Operations is an open-pit truck-and-loader operation, using conventional drill and blast mining methods. Our mineral processing facilities use conventional grinding and sulfide flotation methods to produce zinc and lead concentrates.
Product from the mine is shipped to customers in Asia and Europe.
Due to arctic weather conditions, the concentrate is stored in large buildings at our port facility 46 miles away on the Chuchki Sea and is typically shipped to customers between July and October each year.
While our mining and minerals processing operations are conventional, our commitment to environmental stewardship is not.
At Red Dog, we operate to the highest environmental standards and we are committed to the continuous improvement of our environmental performance.
Red Dog Operations is part of a small, elite group of U.S. metals mines to receive ISO 14001:2004 certification. This means our mine’s environmental management system supports environmental protection, prevents pollution and fosters improvements in environmental performance.
An economic engine in Northwest Alaska
One of North America’s most significant mineral deposits, Red Dog Operations is a key contributor to the northwest Alaska economy, providing benefits and opportunities to the people and communities of Alaska.
Red Dog was developed under an innovative operating agreement between NANA Regional Corporation, Inc. (NANA), a Native corporation owned by the Iñupiat people of northwest Alaska, and Teck Alaska Incorporated, a U.S. subsidiary of Teck Resources Limited, a diversified resource company.
Since mining began in 1989, Red Dog has provided over $880 million to state government agencies and over $695 million has been provided to federal government agencies. Red Dog historically provides 70-80% of the Northwest Arctic Borough’s (NAB) general fund revenues, which totals about $140 million in payments to date. Red Dog is also a significant purchaser of goods and services within the State of Alaska, spending about $160 million each year.
With an annual payroll of approximately $75 million, Red Dog directly employs 610 people on site and a total of 715 jobs in the region are mine-related, making Red Dog the main provider of private sector jobs in northwest Alaska.