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Friday 14 December, 2007

Kazakhmys PLC

Production at South Mine

Kazakhmys PLC
14 December 2007







                                                                14 December 2007



                Kazakhmys PLC Restarts Production at South Mine



On 8 October Kazakhmys PLC announced that there had been a flood at its South
Mine in the Zhezkazgan complex which had led to an interruption in transporting
extracted ore from the mining horizons.


Following a successful recovery plan, the impact of the flooding on the
operations at the main shaft has now ended and the mine is ramping up and should
be back to full output by the end of the year, slightly ahead of expectations.


South Mine accounts for approximately 525,000 tonnes of ore output each month,
with an average grade of 0.7% copper.


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For further information please contact:
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John Smelt, Head of Corporate Communication             Tel:+44 20 7901 7882
                                                        Mob: +44 787 964 2675
Sergei Stephantsov, Investor Relations Manager          Tel:+44 20 7901 7814
Kazakhmys PLC

David Simonson & Tom Randell (English language)
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Leonid Fink & Anastasia Ivanova (Russian language)
Merlin                                                 Tel:+44 20 7653 6620
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Notes to Editors


Kazakhmys PLC

Kazakhmys PLC is the largest copper producer in Kazakhstan and one of the
leading copper producers in the world.  Kazakhmys is a fully integrated copper
producer from mining ore through to the production of finished copper cathode
and rod.  The Group produces significant volumes of other metals as by-products,
including zinc, silver and gold.  Existing operations include 19 open pit and
underground mines, 8 concentrators, two copper smelting and refining complexes,
a copper rod plant, a zinc plant and a precious metals refinery.  Production is
backed by a captive power supply and significant rail infrastructure.  Kazakhmys
also owns MKM, a copper products fabrication company in Germany, and has Gold
and Petroleum Divisions with assets in Kazakhstan and Central Asia.  The Group's
strategic aim is to diversify and participate in the development of the
significant natural resource opportunities in Central Asia.








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