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Thursday 05 March, 2009

Kazakhmys PLC

Appointment of Non-Executive

RNS Number : 3468O
Kazakhmys PLC
05 March 2009

5 March 2009 



Kazakhmys PLC ("Kazakhmys" or the "Group") today announces the appointment of Peter Hickson as an independent non-executive Director with immediate effect. 


Peter Hickson is currently chairman of Communisis plc and senior independent director of London & Continental Railways Ltd. He was previously chairman of Anglian Water Group Ltd, group finance director of Powergen plc and a non-executive director of Telent plc, Scottish Power plc and RAC plc. 


Peter Hickson will become a member of the Audit and Health, Safety & Environment Committees.  


A further independent non-executive director will be appointed in due course to ensure at least half the Board is composed of independent directors.


Kazakhmys' Chairman Vladimir Kim said, "We are delighted to welcome Peter Hickson as a non-executive director to our Board. Peter brings a wealth of experience and his knowledge of the power sector will be of great value, given our position as the largest power generator in Kazakhstan." 

For further information please contact:

Kazakhmys PLC

John Smelt

Head of Corporate Communications

Tel: +44 20 7901 7882

Tel: +44 78 7964 2675

Olga Nekrassova

Financial Analyst

Tel: +44 20 7901 7814

Zulfira Mukhamediyarov

Senior Manager - Media

  Tel:  +77  27  266  317 


David Simonson

Tel: +44 20 7653 6620

Tom Randell

Tel: +44 20 7653 6620

Leonid Fink 

Tel: +44 20 7653 6620

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Notes to Editors

Kazakhmys PLC is a leading international natural resources group, listed in the UK and Kazakhstan, with significant interests in copper, gold, zinc, silver, power generation and petroleum.

It is the largest copper producer in Kazakhstan and one of the top ten worldwide with 20 mines, 10 concentrators and 2 smelters. Kazakhmys copper operations are fully integrated from mining ore through to the production of finished copper cathode and rod. Total copper cathode produced in 2007 from own ore was 341 thousand tonnes. Production is backed by a captive power supply and significant rail infrastructure. Kazakhmys also owns MKM, an upstream copper products fabrication company in Germany, which produces a range of pre- and semi-finished copper and copper alloy products.

Kazakhmys Copper produces significant volumes of other metals, including zinc, silver and gold. In 2007, it produced 45 thousand tonnes of zinc metal and 133 thousand tonnes of zinc concentrate. Kazakhmys is the fourth largest silver producer in the world (19 million ounces produced in 2007). Kazakhmys Gold, which acquired Eurasia Gold Inc in July 2007, includes substantial new development and exploration opportunities. The Group produced 146 thousand ounces of gold in 2007 and has measured and indicated resources of 2.3 million ounces.

Kazakhmys Power owns the recently acquired coal fired Ekibastuz GRES-1 plant, the largest in Kazakhstan with a nameplate capacity of 4,000 MW. In addition, it owns the Maikuben open cast coal mine, supplying around 20% of the power plant's fuel requirements producing over 3.4 million tonnes of coal in 2007.

Kazakhmys Petroleum has acquired the East Akzhar exploration block, with an area of 602km², located on the eastern fringe of the Caspian depression. 

The Group is part of the FTSE-100 index of companies listed on the London Stock Exchange and is also listed on the Kazakhstan Stock Exchange (KASE). It had revenues of $5.3 billion in 2007 with EBITDA of $2.3 billion. The Group employs some 65,000 people, principally in Kazakhstan. The Group's strategic aim is to diversify and participate in the development of the significant natural resource opportunities in Central Asia.

Other than Peter Hickson being a director of Tern plc which was declared insolvent in 1991, there are no further details that are required to be disclosed in respect of the appointment under LR 9.6.13R of the Listing Rules of the UK Listing Authority.

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