OPTI Canada Announces Upcoming Presentations to the Investment Community

    TSX: OPC

    CALGARY, Aug. 28 /CNW/ - OPTI Canada Inc. (OPTI) announced today the
following upcoming presentations and webcasts to the investment community:

    Project Update Conference Call

    OPTI will host a conference call and webcast on Friday, August 31, 2007,
at 6:00 a.m. Mountain Time to provide an update on Phase 1 of the Long Lake
Project. To participate in the conference call, dial:
                 (403) 410-9170  Local
                 (866) 898-9626  North American Toll-Free
                 (800) 8989-6323 Global Toll-Free

    It is advised to call in ten minutes prior to start time. A recording of
the conference call will be available approximately two hours after the event
until 6:00 a.m. Mountain Time, September 6, 2007. To listen to the audio
replay, call (416) 695-5800 or toll-free at (800) 408-3053, and enter passcode
3233481 followed by the number sign.

    Lehman Brothers CEO Energy Conference

    Sid Dykstra, President and Chief Executive Officer, will present an
overview of the Company at the Lehman Brothers CEO Energy Conference on
Thursday, September 6th, 2007 at 9:05 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time from the
Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers, New York.

    Peters & Co 2007 North American Oil & Gas Conference

    Mr. Dykstra will also present an overview of OPTI at the Peters & Co.
2007 North American Oil & Gas Conference on Tuesday, September 11th, 2007 at
4:50 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time from the Four Seasons Hotel, Toronto.
    All three presentations will be available via live and archived webcast.
The webcasts will be located under "Presentations and Webcasts" in the For
Investors section of the OPTI website at www.opticanada.com. Each will be
archived for 30 days.

    About OPTI

    OPTI Canada Inc. is a Calgary, Alberta-based company focused on
developing the fourth and next major integrated oil sands project in Canada,
the Long Lake Project, in a 50/50 joint venture with Nexen Inc. The first
phase of the Project consists of 72,000 barrels per day of SAGD (steam
assisted gravity drainage) oil production integrated with an OPTI-operated
upgrading facility, using OPTI's proprietary OrCrude(TM) process and
commercially available hydrocracking and gasification. Through gasification,
this configuration substantially reduces the exposure to and the need to
purchase natural gas. The Project is expected to produce 58,500 bbl/d of
products, primarily 39 degree API Premium Sweet Crude with low sulphur
content, making it a highly desirable refinery feedstock. OPTI's common shares
trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol OPC.
    Additional information regarding the Long Lake Project is available at

    Forward-Looking Statements

    Certain statements contained herein are forward-looking statements,
including statements relating to: OPTI's operations; anticipated financial
performance; business prospects, expansion plans and strategies; OPTI's plans
and expectations concerning the use and performance of the OrCrude(TM) process
and other related technologies; the cost, development and operation of the
Long Lake Project and OPTI's relationship with Nexen Inc. Forward-looking
information typically contains statements with words such as "anticipate,"
"estimate," "expect," "potential," "could" or similar words suggesting future
outcomes. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking
information because it is possible that expectations, predictions, forecasts,
projections and other forms of forward-looking information will not be
achieved by OPTI. By its nature, forward-looking information involves numerous
assumptions, inherent risks and uncertainties. A change in any one of these
factors could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those
projected in the forward-looking information. Although OPTI believes that the
expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, OPTI
can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct.
Forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, estimates and
projections that involve a number of risks and uncertainties which could cause
actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by OPTI and
described in the forward-looking statements or information. The
forward-looking statements are based on a number of assumptions which may
prove to be incorrect. In addition to other assumptions identified herein, we
have made assumptions regarding, among other things: market costs and other
variables affecting operating costs of the Project; the ability of the Long
Lake joint venture partners to obtain equipment, services and supplies,
including labour, in a timely and cost-effective manner; the availability and
costs of financing; oil prices and market price for the PSC(TM) output of the
OrCrude(TM) Upgrader; foreign currency exchange rates and hedging risks;
government regulations and royalty regimes; the degree of risk that
governmental approvals may be delayed or withheld; other risks and
uncertainties described elsewhere in this document or in OPTI's other filings
with Canadian securities authorities.
    Readers should be aware that the list of factors, risks and uncertainties
set forth above are not exhaustive. Readers should refer to OPTI's current
Annual Information Form, which is available at www.sedar.com, for a detailed
discussion of these factors, risks and uncertainties. The forward-looking
statements or information contained in this news release are made as of the
date hereof and OPTI undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any
forward-looking statements or information, whether as a result of new
information, future events or otherwise, unless so required by applicable laws
or regulatory policies.

For further information:

For further information: Alison Trollope, Investor Relations Manager,
(403) 218-4705

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