Water treatment plant in Spain will help copper mine meet environmental standards

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DENVER, CO, May 14, 2010 -- Harrison Western Group is pleased to announce that a consortium lead by it subsidiary, HW Process Technologies Inc. (HWPT) was awarded a contract for the design, supply, installation, commissioning and operation of a new Water Treatment Plant at Cobre Las Cruces (CLC) copper mine near Seville, Spain. The contract has a value of approximately US $22 million. CLC is 70% owned by Inmet Mining Corporation, a Canadian based global mining company, and 30% by US based Leucadia National Corporation.

CLC Mine Spain - View of Open Pit
Commenting on the contract, Allan Provost, Chief Executive Officer of Harrison Western said, "Cobre Las Cruces, one of the largest mining operations in Spain, awarded the HW Process Technologies lead consortium, a significant contract as a result of our unrivaled technical expertise and leading-edge technology in water treatment for industrial process solutions. We are very proud to deliver reliable solutions to assist CLC in meeting the challenge of optimizing sustainable mine production while complying with stringent Spanish environmental standards applicable to the re-injection of treated water into the regional aquifer."

The contract was awarded to HWPT under a joint venture with MP Medioambiente S.L., a Spanish water management company. HWPT will design, engineer, and build the plant utilizing its patented membrane-based water treatment technology. The best-in-class water treatment and re-injection plant, represents a milestone in the Spanish mining industry, and guarantees the effective treatment of waters during the life of the CLC mine.

 
HWPT Water Processing Plant - Sample
Work is under way and the project is scheduled for completion and commissioning by the end of 2010.

The new plant will treat up to 3.7 million gallons per day of mine water from the dewatering and re-injection system using HWPT's patented technology known as Engineered Membrane Separation or EMS® before being re-injected into the aquifer. The high quality treated water ensures compliance with strict environmental standards issued by the Andalusian Water Agency and allows the mine to operate at full capacity year round. Cobre Las Cruces can process up of 72,000 tons of copper per year which represents 25% of the total Spanish domestic consumption.

About HW Process Technologies
Based in Denver, Colorado, HWPT is engaged in the business of designing, manufacturing, installing and operating industrial water treatment and resource recovery systems. HWPT offers a wide range of specialized engineering solutions utilizing proven, patent-protected technologies to process complex water treatment conditions. With projects in North and South America, Europe and Asia Pacific, HWPT supports the environmentally responsible development of the world's natural resources and helps clients minimize their environmental impact and water footprint, while optimizing resource recovery. For more information, visit www.harwest.com

About Cobre Las Cruces
CLC operates an open pit copper mine and hydrometallurgical processing plant in southern Spain. CLC applies advanced concepts to its extractive activities driven by technological and environmental innovation, the implementation of economic restoration guarantees and other financial assurance, and a corporate commitment to social responsibility. The first cathode of copper was produced on June 3rd, 2009. The company is currently increasing production to achieve full capacity estimated at 72,000 tons of copper per year. For more information, visit www.cobrelascruces.com

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