EDMONTON, Alberta – Capital Power Corporation (TSX: CPX) (Capital Power) has notified the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) that the Genesee 3 unit is expected to be offline for an estimated five weeks due to unplanned maintenance requirements. The outage duration estimate is preliminary and based on an initial review of information.
On November 11, 2011, the Genesee 3 plant, a 495 gross megawatt (MW) joint venture with TransAlta Corporation (247.5 net MW ownership interest), experienced an unplanned outage that resulted in damage to turbine/generator bearings. As the plant operator, Capital Power is working diligently to return the unit to service by mid-December, 2011. The root cause of the outage is under investigation, and a turbine bearing inspection is ongoing at this time.
As a result of the event, Capital Power’s fourth quarter production from its Alberta coal fleet is expected to be reduced by approximately 180 gigawatt hours. Additional generation from Capital Power’s 243 MW Clover Bar Energy Centre peaking facility, is expected to materially offset the lost production from the Genesee 3 facility.
About Capital Power Corporation
Capital Power (CPX:TSX) is a growth-oriented North American power producer headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta. The company develops, acquires, operates and optimizes power generation from a variety of energy sources. Capital Power owns more than 3,300 megawatts of power generation capacity at 16 facilities across North America. An additional 487 megawatts of owned wind generation capacity is under construction or in advanced development in British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario.
Certain information in this press release is forward-looking within the meaning of Canadian securities laws as it relates to anticipated financial performance, events or strategies. When used in this context, words such as will, anticipate, believe, plan, intend, target, and expect or similar words suggest future outcomes.
Forward-looking information in this press release includes, among other things, information relating to: (i) the expected duration of an unplanned outage at Genesee 3; (ii) the nature and extent of the repairs required to Genesee 3; (iii) the expected production impacts from the outage and offsetting production from other units during the expected outage period.
These statements are based on certain assumptions and analyses made by Capital Power in light of its experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments and other factors it believes are appropriate. The material factors and assumptions used to develop these forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: (i) the operation of the Capital Power’s facilities; (ii) power plant availability and dispatch, including Sundance which is subject to an acquired PPA; (iii) Capital Power’s financial position and credit facilities and sources of funding; (iv) Capital Power’s assessment of commodity and power markets, including power prices for 2011; (v) Capital Power’s assessment of the markets and regulatory environments in which it operates; (vi) weather; (vii) availability and cost of labour and management resources; (viii) performance of contractors and suppliers; (ix) availability and cost of financing; (x) foreign exchange rates; (xi) management’s analysis of applicable tax legislation; (xii) currently applicable and proposed tax laws will not change and will be implemented; (xiii) currently applicable and proposed environmental regulations will be implemented; (xiv) counterparties will perform their obligations; (xv) renewal and terms of PPAs; (xvi) ability to successfully integrate and realize benefits of its acquisitions, including the acquisition of the North Carolina assets and the Halkirk Wind Project; (xvii) ability to implement strategic initiatives which will yield the expected benefits; (xviii) ability to obtain necessary regulatory approvals for development projects; (xix) the Company’s assessment of capital markets, common share ownership distribution, and ability to complete future share and debt offerings; (xx) locations of projects and the areas of which they will be developed, including the availability and use of certain optioned lands; (xxi) costs of construction and development; (xxii) current risk management strategies including hedges will be in place; and (xxiii) the receipt of all required regulatory approvals and the satisfaction of all other conditions precedent to the closing of the Sale and Acquisition.
Whether actual results, performance or achievements will conform to Capital Power’s expectations and predictions is subject to a number of known and unknown risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results and experience to differ materially from Capital Power’s expectations. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, risks and uncertainties relating to: (i) operation of Capital Power’s facilities; (ii) power plant availability and performance, including unplanned plant outages at facilities of other market participants; (iii) unanticipated maintenance and other expenditures; (iv) availability and price of energy commodities; (v) electricity load settlement; (vi) regulatory and government decisions including changes to environmental, financial reporting and tax legislation; (vii) weather and economic conditions; (viii) competitive pressures; (ix) construction; (x) availability and cost of financing; (xi) foreign exchange; (xii) availability and cost of labour, equipment and management resources; (xiii) performance of counterparties, partners, contractors and suppliers in fulfilling their obligations to Capital Power; (xiv) developments in the North American capital markets; (xv) compliance with financial covenants; (xvi) ability to successfully realize the benefits of acquisitions and investments; (xvii) the tax attributes of and implications of any acquisitions; (xviii) ability to secure new contracts and terms of such contracts; (xix) the failure to receive any required regulatory approvals in connection with the Sale or the Acquisition or the failure to satisfy any other condition to the Sale or the Acquisition; and (xx) the failure of Capital Power to realize expected benefits from the Sale and Acquisition. If any such risks actually occur, they could materially adversely affect Capital Power’s business, financial condition or results of operations. In that case the trading price of the Company’s common shares could decline, perhaps materially.
Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. Forward-looking statements are provided for the purpose of providing information about management’s current expectations, and plans relating to the future. Readers are cautioned that such information may not be appropriate for other purposes. Capital Power does not undertake or accept any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect any change in Capital Power’s expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based, except as required by law.