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Wednesday 22 November, 2006

Kazakhmys PLC

Appointment of Director

Kazakhmys PLC
22 November 2006

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                                                                22 November 2006


Kazakhmys plc ("Kazakhmys" or the "Company") today announces the appointment of
Simon Heale to the Board as a non-executive director with effect from 
1 January 2007.

Mr Heale was Chief Executive of The London Metal Exchange Limited, the largest
base metals futures exchange in the world, from July 2001 to October 2006. For
much of this period he was also a director of LCH Clearnet Group Limited. 
Mr Heale was previously Chief Operating Officer of Jardine Fleming Ltd and, 
prior to that, Deputy Managing Director of Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. He is 
currently a non-executive director at The Morgan Crucible Company plc.

Mr Heale will also be appointed to the Audit, Remuneration and Nomination

With effect from 1 January 2007, Board Committee membership will be: 
James Rutland as Chairman of the Audit Committee with Messrs Aiken and Heale 
also being members. Lord Renwick as Chairman of the Remuneration Committee with
Messrs Aiken and Heale also being members. The Chairman of the Nomination
Committee will be Mr Kim, with Lord Renwick and Mr Heale being members. 
David Munro will be Chairman of the HSE Committee with its other members being 
Messrs Aiken and Rutland.

Kazakhmys' Executive Chairman Vladimir Kim said, "We are delighted to welcome a
non-executive director of Simon Heale's stature onto our Board. Simon's
experience as Chief Executive of the LME will greatly benefit our business as we
seek to diversify into other commodities as part of our growth strategy.

The non-executive directors provide a strong independent element to the Board
and a solid foundation for the development of progressive and best practice
corporate governance structures which are essential to the long-term
sustainability of our business."

The appointment of a Group Chief Executive will be decided and announced in the
New Year.

For further information please contact:

Jinsoo Yang,         Head of Investor Relations          Tel:   +44 20 7901 7800
Sergei Stephantsov,  Deputy Head of Investor Relations
Kazakhmys PLC

Robin Walker                                             Tel:   +44 20 7251 3801
Andrew Mitchell
Zoe Watt

Notes to Editors
Kazakhmys PLC's principal business is the mining, processing, smelting, refining
and sale of copper and copper products, including copper cathode and copper rod,
which is carried on by the Group's main subsidiary LLC Kazakhmys Corporation.
The Group is one of the largest producers of copper cathode and mined copper in
the world. The Group's operations are vertically integrated. Kazakhmys operates
19 open pit and underground mines and two smelting and refining complexes in the
Republic of Kazakhstan. Kazakhmys also owns significant rail infrastructure in
Kazakhstan and MKM, a copper products fabrication company in Germany.

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