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    2 September 2003

    Straits Purchases Xstrata's (formerly MIM's) Exploration Portfolio in Australia

    Perth, Australia: Straits Resources Limited, (`Straits', ASX: SRL) is pleased to
    announce that its wholly owned subsidiary, Straits Exploration (Australia) Pty
    Ltd,has today entered into an agreement with Mount Isa Mines (MIM) Limited and related companies (now owned by Xstrata) to purchase the former MIM's
    exploration portfolio in Australia which includes the exploration technical

    Commenting on the purchase, Straits CEO Mr. Milan Jerkovic said, "Straits will
    acquire a highly prospective ground package with the potential for the rapid
    definition of economic ore bodies. Our primary focus will be on a number of
    advanced, high-grade gold and base metal targets in Western Australia,
    Queensland and South Australia."

    "We believe this transaction is highly beneficial to Straits and its shareholders,
    providing the company with a low cost entry to an extensive gold and copper-
    gold exploration portfolio in Australia."

    The portfolio (see attached map) includes six 100% held project areas in
    Queensland, South Australia and New South Wales, and features high-grade
    gold and copper-gold targets.

    In addition, Straits has agreed to acquire interests in eleven `farm in' and `farm
    out' properties subject to any applicable pre-emptive rights that are held by the
    joint venture parties. The joint venture agreements within the portfolio feature
    gold and copper-gold projects in the Murchison and Pilbara regions of WA as
    well as Queensland and South Australia.

    The Australian exploration database and technical information for all current
    and historical data are also included with the purchase.

    Excluded from the portfolio are coal tenements and the NW Queensland and
    Northern Territory data associated with Xstrata's existing operations.
    Straits Resources Limited ABN 2205 66 01 417 1st Floor 35 Ventnor Avenue West Perth WA 6005 PO Box 1641 West Perth WA 6872 Australia Telephone (61 8) 9480 0500 Facsimile (61 8) 9480 0520 MEDIA RELEASE MEDIA RELEASE MEDIA
    The complete package was acquired for a cash only payment with the final
    price dependent on any pre-emptive rights being exercised within the joint
    venture agreements.

    The accompanying technical database, built up over several years, is
    considered to be of great significance to Straits for the generation of high
    quality exploration and development targets

    Straits' Development Strategy

    Straits is an Australian-listed company focused on acquiring and developing
    assets within the gold, copper and bulk commodity sectors. Based in Perth,
    the company has an impressive management team with an outstanding track
    record of advancing resource projects through to full-production. Straits owns
    (80% stake and operator) the 2 million tonnes per annum Sebuku Coal Mine in
    Indonesia, and holds a portfolio of highly prospective tenements throughout
    Australia and Indonesia.

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