Brisbane, Australia: MIPAC, a respected world leader in process control, is working with Xstrata to improve operations in its Mt Isa Zinc Concentrator. MIPAC will help Xstrata to automate and optimise key processes in the plant with the provision of an advanced control solution that integrates with existing systems and leads to a significant improvement in throughput and recovery of precious metal.

MIPAC is working onsite in Mt Isa to understand first-hand Xstrata's operational requirements and ensure the solution is designed to specifically meet the operating goals of the plant. The end result will be an advanced control strategy that automates key processes and optimises plant operating strategies.

"MIPAC is pleased to work with a customer who recognises the value of implementing an advanced control strategy, using the latest available technology. By undertaking this project Xstrata will substantially increase production and stabilise operations at these increased levels." said Tony Mathison, Product Management Director, MIPAC

The solution will be implemented using expert control technology from the CSense(r) online environment. MIPAC is a CSense(r) Solution Partner and using CSense(r) allows for a flexible, real-time solution that will be tailored for the Mt Isa Zinc Concentrator and its production objectives.

The project provides a plant wide solution for the Zinc Concentrator, including Rod Mills; Flotation; IsaMill Fine Grind and the SAG Mill. It will be implemented in four phases and will be completed before the end of 2008.

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Public Relations Contact: amy.ward@mipac.com.au or +61 7 3624 8800

ABOUT XSTRATA: Xstrata is a global diversified mining group, listed on the London and Swiss stock exchange, headquarters located at Zug, Switzerland.

Xstrata's businesses maintain a meaningful position in seven major international commodity markets: copper, coking coal, thermal coal, ferrochrome, nickel, vanadium and zinc, with additional exposures to platinum group metals, gold, cobalt, lead and silver, recycling facilities and a suite of global technology products, many of which are industry leaders. The Group's operations and projects span 18 countries and Xstrata employs approximately 56,000 people, including contractors. Learn more at http://www.xstrata.com

ABOUT CSENSE SYSTEMS: Csense Systems was established in 1997 in South Africa, and has from the start built its technology on market-requirements determined in real projects. The globally leading and tough metals and minerals environment with its many complex continuous and discrete processes, data integrity and other problems made an important contribution to developing a technology that is robust. It utilizes both new knowledge from historical data and existing knowledge and delivers sustainable benefits. Today Csense is a dynamic and fast-growing company that is aggressively expanding its business globally. Learn more at http://www.csense.com

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. We serve renowned companies such as Xstrata and Glencore 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 http://www.mipac.com.au.