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Awarded contract for new scoping study in Tanzania

30 June 2008

MDM Engineering (AIM: MDM), the minerals process and project management group that provides services to the mining industry in Africa, is pleased to announce that it has been awarded the contract to undertake the Scoping Study for Mantra Resources Limited’s (“Mantra”) Mkuju River Project, (the “Project”) in southern Tanzania.

The Project is owned by Mantra, which is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange and has advanced uranium projects in Tanzania, Malawi and Mozambique.

MDM Engineering will oversee the Scoping Study of the Mkuju River Project (“the Study”), where metallurgical testwork has commenced and the majority of the study team has now been appointed. The Study team will cover metallurgy, mining engineering and resource consultancy. Work on the Study is expected to be completed by the end of 2008. The Study will be used to provide a preliminary assessment of the economic viability of the Project and to determine the scope of work for the next phase of the development of the Project.

The Company has a 19 year track record of undertaking feasibility studies and designing and constructing metallurgical plants and associated infrastructure throughout Africa. During the past 18 months MDM Engineering has completed two feasibility studies for uranium projects and is currently constructing two uranium plants. MDM Engineering is currently involved in First Uranium’s Ezulwini Uranium Project in South Africa providing a full Engineering, Procurement, Construction Management (“EPCM”) and project management role for the entire scope of works including a uranium leach plant. Additionally MDM Engineering has been awarded a full EPCM and project management contract for First Uranium’s Chemwes Uranium Project in South Africa.

The Study team will be lead by Mr Dave Dodd. Mr Dodd has over 30 years of experience in extractive metallurgy including 27 years of process plant design and commissioning and feasibility study management. His experience of metallurgical test work, design and commissioning includes the Buffelsfontein and Western Deep Levels uranium plants in South Africa and the Ezulwini and Chemwes uranium plants currently being designed and constructed by MDM in South Africa. Mr Dodd’s expertise also covers precious metals, base metals, industrial minerals, coal and gemstones. These projects have been located throughout Africa, Europe, South America, Central Asia and the Middle East. Mr Dodd is currently managing the Mutanga Project in Zambia for Denison Mines Corp.

Grant Lowman, CEO of MDM Engineering commented:

“Following our successful IPO in May this year, we are very pleased to have been awarded the contract for the scoping study at the Mkuju River Project. This significantly bolsters our position in the uranium sector and strengthens our portfolio of projects. We look forward to working closely with Mantra and hope that we will be able to continue to develop the working relationship with them as they continue to make significant progress with their projects. MDM Engineering has a great deal of expertise in uranium projects and we believe that the Company is well positioned to deliver a very high quality service for Mantra. ”


MDM Engineering Group Limited
Grant Lowman
Tel: +27 11 886 7981
George Bennett
Tel: +27 11 886 7981

Numis Securities Limited (Nominated Adviser & Broker to the Group)
John Harrison
Tel: 020 7260 1000
Stuart Skinner

Pelham Public Relations
Candice Sgroi
Tel: 020 7743 6376
James MacFarlane
Tel: 020 7743 6375


MDM Engineering Group Limited is a minerals process and project management company that provides services to the mining industry. The Company provides a wide range of services from preliminary and final feasibility studies, through to plant design, construction and commissioning, to mining companies. To date, the Company’s clients have largely been junior and mid-tier mining corporations with operations in Africa.

The Company was established in November 2006. In February 2007 the Group purchased out of liquidation certain of the intellectual property and fixed assets of MDM Ferroman (Pty) Limited (“MDMF”), a mining services company with an established track record of providing services to the African mining industry. The Company subsequently employed a number of the technical staff of MDMF, and implemented an approach to project execution based on a transparent, open-book Engineering, Procurement, Construction Management (“EPCM” or “cost-plus”) basis. In May 2007, the Company successfully listed on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange. The Company now has what the directors consider to be a strong portfolio of current studies and execution projects and a strong outlook of prospective work, which the directors believe provides the Company with an attractive and visible revenue stream to drive the Company’s growth in the future.

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