OPTI Canada to Host Year End 2008 Results Conference Call on February 25, 2009

    TSX: OPC

    CALGARY, Feb. 18 /CNW/ - OPTI Canada Inc. (OPTI) announced today that it
will conduct a conference call at 7:00 a.m. Mountain Time (9:00 a.m. Eastern
Time) on Wednesday, February 25, 2009 to review the Company's year end 2008
financial and operating results. Sid Dykstra, President and Chief Executive
Officer, and David Halford, Chief Financial Officer, will host the call. To
participate in the conference call, dial:

              (800) 732-6179 (North American Toll-Free)
              (416) 644-3417 (Alternate)

    Please reference the OPTI Canada conference call with Sid Dykstra when
speaking with the Operator.
    A replay of the call will be available until March 10, 2009, inclusive.
To access the replay, call (416) 640-1917 or (877)-289-8525 and enter passcode
21295303, followed by the pound sign.
    This call will also be webcast, and can be accessed on OPTI Canada's
website under "Presentations and Webcasts" in the "For Investors" section. The
webcast will be available for replay for a period of 30 days. The webcast may
alternatively be accessed at:

    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 joint venture with Nexen Inc. The first phase of
the Project consists of 72,000 barrels per day of 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 (gross), primarily
39 degree API Premium Sweet Crude with low sulphur content, making it a highly
desirable refinery feedstock. OPTI has a 35 percent working interest in the
joint venture. 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; 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 "intends," "anticipate," "estimate," "expect,"
"potential," "could," "plan" 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.

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For further information:

For further information: Alison Trollope, Investor Relations Manager,
(403) 218-4705; OPTI Canada Inc., Suite 2100, 555 - 4th Ave. S.W., Calgary,
Alberta, Canada, T2P 3E7

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