MIPAC wins 2008 PACE Zenith award

Kazzinc New Metallurgy Project Awarded for Technical Excellence

Brisbane, Australia, June, 23, 2008: The 2008 annual PACE Zenith Awards were announced in Sydney last week.  MIPAC was honoured to receive the Award for Technical Excellence in the Metal Products Category for its contribution to the Kazzinc New Metallurgy Project in Kazakhstan.

MIPAC's role was to design and commission a plant wide control system – a major component of the upgrade to the Kazzinc Ust- Kamenogorsk site.

MIPAC worked closely with Kazzinc and Xstrata Technology to tailor the installation to the client’s needs.   The end result will provide the customer with a seamless, automated control strategy that operates plant wide.

With this solution, MIPAC will enable Kazzinc to increase the efficiency and profitability of their electro-refining operation; improve operator safety and produce larger amounts of high quality copper cathode with the same level of input.

This is MIPAC's third Zenith recognition having been awarded twice in 2006.

The awards were introduced in 2004 to recognise the achievements of businesses that demonstrate leadership in engineering and technological excellence and innovation.

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 and we serve renowned companies such as Xstrata, Zinifex and Glencore International 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.

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About PACE Zenith awards

The annual PACE Zenith Awards were established by Process and Control Engineering magazine to publicly recognise and reward companies that show leadership in engineering and technological excellence and innovation. For more information on the PACE Zenith awards please visit www.pacetoday.com.au/Awards.aspx

About Xstrata Technology: Xstrata Technology develops, markets and supports technologies for the global mineral processing and metals smelting and refining industries. These technologies include ISASMELT and ISACONVERT, 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.

About Kazzinc: Kazzinc is a major fully integrated Zinc producer with considerable Copper, precious metals and Lead credits. All the company's operations are in Kazakhstan, spread over six towns. 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