MIPAC Unveils CellView® for Copper Electro-refining and winning

MIPAC introduces new wireless technology for tankhouse management that significantly improves copper and other electrolytic process operations; developed in Xstrata's Townsville refinery; trial scheduled in Europe; order received in Kazakhstan.

Brisbane, Australia, October 21st, 2008 – MIPAC, experts in major industrial process control, has launched CellView®, a new wireless solution to automate cell condition monitoring in tankhouse operations. CellView® is a critical foundation for an effective tankhouse management system and enables customers to achieve optimum production, quality, safety and environmental standards. It combines the latest advances in wireless technology with an extremely robust design to increase the efficiency and profitability of electro-refining and winning operations.

"MIPAC developed CellView® in response to a need in the marketplace for tools that enable a more efficient, safe and profitable refinery operation. CellView® allows operators to produce more cathode at a higher, more consistent quality without having to increase inputs." said Tony Mathison, Product Manager, MIPAC.

CellView® has been developed and tested with the assistance of Xstrata's Townsville Copper Refinery and Xstrata Technology, and has undergone operational testing at the Townsville Refinery. The first order has been received, through Xstrata Technology, for a major Greenfield copper plant project with Kazzinc in Kazakhstan. CellView® is also being trialled with one of Europe's largest copper producers and processers.

The CellView® system consists of Wireless Cell Monitors communicating via a robust, state-of-the-art Mesh Network to a central Operator Interface. It makes use of long life sensors and an extremely robust upper level communication system which uses the mesh networking devices to provide continuous online monitoring.

CellView®Benefits: Provides continuous, real time monitoring of cell performance; Enables increased production through early detection of process problems; Reduces maintenance and implementation costs, particularly compared to hard-wired systems; Is at least 25% smaller than alternatives and therefore uses much less of the precious real estate in a tankhouse.

For more information on CellView® please visit www.mipac.com.au/cellview or contact [email protected]

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About MIPAC: MIPAC is a respected provider of process control, instrumentation and electrical engineering solutions. MIPAC is committed to working with our customers to help them achieve operational excellence. MIPAC specialises in industries that require continuous process control such as minerals and metal processing. We serve renowned companies such as Xstrata, BHP Billiton, Aditya Birla and Zinifex in more than a dozen countries. MIPAC is headquartered in Brisbane, Australia and employs some of the industry's most talented process control professionals. Learn more at www.mipac.com.au.

About Kazzinc: Kazzinc is a major fully integrated Zinc producer with considerable Copper, precious metals and Lead credits. The company's operations are in Kazakhstan and it employs some 22 000 people in mining, ore dressing, metallurgy, power generation and mechanical production. The Ust-Kamenogorsk metallurgical complex consists of a 180 000 tpa Zinc refinery, a 140 000 tpa Lead smelter and a precious metals refinery. Learn more at www.kazzinc.com.

About Xstrata Technology: Xstrata Technology develops, markets and supports technologies for the global mineral processing and metals smelting and refining industries. These technologies include ISASMELTTM and ISACONVERTTM, IsaMill grinding mills, Tankhouse Technology made up of ISA PROCESS and Kidd Process copper refining and winning technology, the Jameson Cell flotation machine, and Albion Process leaching technology. Learn more at: www.xstratatech.com.

Public Relations Contact: Amy Ward, [email protected] or +61 (0) 437 088 618 (mobile)