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Kazakhmys PLC (KAZ)

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Tuesday 31 January, 2006

Kazakhmys PLC

Q4 Production Summary

Kazakhmys PLC
31 January 2006

                                                                 31 January 2006
                        Kazakhmys PLC Production Summary
                 for the fourth quarter ended 31 December 2005

• For the year ended 31 December 2005, copper cathode production was 396.6 
thousand tonnes with 1,685 thousand tonnes of total copper concentrate
• Metal zinc production for the 12 month period was 50.9 thousand tonnes with 
231.5 thousand tonnes of zinc concentrate processed.

Kazakhmys Group Production by Product

                        Q1 2005   Q2 2005   Q3 2005   Q4 2005   FY 2005   FY 2004
                         ------    ------    ------    ------    ------    ------
Ore extraction   '000 t   9,592     9,866     9,731    10,257    39,446    35,376
Average copper
grade               %      1.00      1.05      1.04      1.03      1.03      1.30
Average zinc
grade (1)           %      3.28      2.75      3.23      3.84      3.28      2.77

Concentrate      '000 t     385       438       417       444     1,684     1,607
concentrate      '000 t     330       355       348       383     1,416     1,593
concentrate      '000 t      55        83        69        61       268        14
Copper in
Concentrate         %     24.82     23.90     23.01     22.78     23.60      25.2
concentrate         %     25.42     24.93     23.92     23.44     24.40      25.2
concentrate         %     20.80     19.74     18.44     18.64     19.35      21.4

Concentrate      '000 t    58.8      49.8      45.4      77.5     231.5       150
Zinc in
Concentrate         %      38.4      39.6      41.7      43.8      42.3      43.8

Cathodes (2)(3)  '000 t    95.4     104.3      94.4     102.5     396.6       428
from own &
concentrate      '000 t    91.0     102.0      92.6     100.9     386.5       408
from tolling
concentrate      '000 t     4.4 (4)   2.3       1.8       1.6      10.1        20
Copper Rod       '000 t     1.3       4.6       1.2       1.6       8.7        49
Metal Zinc       '000 t    17.1      11.6       9.6      12.6      50.9        18
Silver           '000 oz  4,961     5,632     4,811     5,112    20,516    17,718
Gold             '000 oz   13.1      33.7      26.5      27.2     100.5        86
---------------- ------   ------    ------    ------    ------    ------    ------
(1) Complex ores only
(2) Includes copper used to produce copper rod
(3) Correction to previously stated volumes: in the Production Summary released on
19 December 2005, cumulative 9 months copper cathode production was stated at
301.1 thousand tonnes rather than the correct figure of 294.1 thousand tonnes.
(4) Correction: to reflect the fact that 2.3 thousand tonnes of copper cathodes
were produced from tolling concentrate rather than from own concentrate. This
adjustment did not affect the total copper cathode production for the period.

In the fourth quarter of 2005, Kazakhmys PLC produced 102.5 thousand tonnes of
copper cathodes (of which 1.6 thousand tonnes were used to produce copper rods),
with total 2005 copper cathode production of 396.6 thousand tonnes. Copper
cathode production was 8.6% higher in the fourth quarter compared to the third
quarter, primarily due to higher ore extraction volumes and following the
completion of the scheduled smelter maintenance works at the Zhezkazgan complex.

Copper concentrate production in the fourth quarter of 2005 was 6.5% higher than
in the third quarter of 2005 despite major scheduled repair works at the
Karagaily concentrator. Overall in 2005, the Group produced 1,416 thousand
tonnes of copper concentrate and a further 268 thousand tonnes of copper
concentrate were purchased from third parties.

Zinc metal production for the fourth quarter of 2005 was 12.6 thousand tonnes.
The production was higher than in the third quarter but still below full
production capacity due to the continued ramp-up period for the smelter
resulting in lower volumes of smelter output and higher levels of zinc
concentrate inventory.

Zinc concentrate production in the fourth quarter was significantly higher (up
71% compared to the third quarter). Zinc concentrate production increased due to
the commencement of production at the Artemyevskoe mine.

In 2005 the Group produced 231.5 thousand tonnes of zinc concentrate. A
significant part of this has been utilised to produce 50.9 thousand tonnes of
metal zinc.

The Group also produced 5.1 million ounces of silver and 27.2 thousand ounces of
gold in the fourth quarter of 2005.

                        ------    ------    ------  ------    ------    ------
                       Q1 2005   Q2 2005   Q3 2005 Q4 2005   FY 2005   FY 2004
                        ------    ------    ------  ------    ------    ------
Ore extraction  '000 t   6,759     6,993     6,910   7,384    28,046    24,647
Average copper
grade              %      0.87      0.90      0.86    0.84      0.87      1.06

Copper          '000 t   145.4     154.4     143.1   155.3     598.2       668
Copper          '000 t    57.9      60.0      52.7    64.7     235.3       236
Cathodes (1)       
Copper Rod      '000 t     1.3       4.6       1.2     1.6       8.7        49
--------------  ------  ------    ------    ------  ------    ------    ------
(1) includes copper used to produce copper rod

Copper cathode production was higher in the fourth quarter of 2005, due to the
completion of the scheduled smelter maintenance works at the Zhezkazgan complex.
Surplus concentrate that could not be smelted during the third quarter due to
the maintenance works was processed in the fourth quarter of 2005.

Copper rod production remained low in the fourth quarter of 2005, as more
refined copper was allocated to meet the Group's cathode copper export

                       Q1 2005   Q2 2005   Q3 2005   Q4 2005   FY 2005   FY 2004
                        ------    ------    ------    ------    ------    ------

Ore extraction  '000 t   1,602     1,443     1,437     1,391     5,873     5,675
Average copper
grade              %      0.61      0.75      0.75      0.70      0.70      0.67

Concentrate (1) '000 t    41.6      50.2      48.0      41.1     180.9       175
Copper          '000 t    37.5      44.3      41.7      37.8     161.3       172
Cathodes (2)       
of which        '000 t     4.4       2.3       1.8       1.6      10.1        20
Copper Rod      '000 t      --        --        --        --        --        --
--------------- ------  ------    ------    ------    ------    ------    ------
(1) Does not include concentrate processed by third parties
(2) Includes tolling

Copper concentrate and copper cathode production at the Balkhash complex in the
fourth quarter of 2005 was lower than in the third quarter primarily due to
lower copper grades.

Eastern Complex
                            ------  ------  ------  ------    ------    ------
                           Q1 2005 Q2 2005 Q3 2005 Q4 2005   FY 2005   FY 2004
                            ------  ------  ------  ------    ------    ------
Ore extraction      '000 t   1,231   1,430   1,384   1,482     5,527     5,054
Average copper           %    2.28    2.17    2.25    2.32      2.23      3.20

Copper Concentrate  '000 t   143.3   136.4   144.2   168.4     592.3       750
Copper Cathodes     '000 t      --      --      --      --        --        --
Copper Rod          '000 t      --      --      --      --        --        --
--------------      ------  ------  ------  ------  ------    ------    ------

In the fourth quarter of 2005, ore extraction at the Eastern complex increased
by 7% compared to that of the third quarter, due to the resumption of mining
operations at the Irtyshskoe mine and higher ramp-up production at the
Artemyevskoe mine.

Copper concentrate production increased by 16.8% in the fourth quarter of 2005
compared to the third quarter of 2005 primarily due to the higher quantity of
mined ores.

The Company has scheduled a conference call to discuss its Quarter 4 production
report at 10:00am GMT on Tuesday, 31 January 2006. The call will be hosted by Mr
Oleg Novachuk, Kazakhmys PLC Finance Director.

Individuals who would like to participate, should call 01296 480 100 and use the
pin code C 274807.

For further information please contact:

Jinsoo Yang, Head of IR                         Tel:   +44 20 8636 7900
Sergei Stephantsov, Deputy Head of IR                  +44 20 8636 7900
Kazakhmys PLC

Morgan Bone                                     Tel:   +44 20 7251 3801
Robin Walker

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Notes to Editor
The Group's principal business is the mining, processing, smelting, refining and
sale of copper and copper products, including copper cathode and copper rod, and
is carried on by the Company's main subsidiary LLC Kazakhmys Corporation
("Kazakhmys"). Based on 2004 production, the Group is the 10th largest producer
of copper cathode and mined copper in the world. The Group's operations are
vertically integrated. Kazakhmys operates 16 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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