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Calpine Plant to Burn Sable Gas

February 22, 1999
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Calpine Plant to Burn Sable Gas

Calpine Corp., a San Jose-based independent power company, announced plans to build, own and operate a 540-megawatt gas-fired power plant in Westbrook, ME. Calpine acquired development rights for the Westbrook Power Plant from Genesis Power Corp. of Needham, MA. Construction of the $300 million facility is scheduled to begin later this month. The plant, which will burn about 90 MMcf/d, is scheduled to begin power deliveries as early as November 2000 and will serve the New England market. Westbrook is Calpine's fourth combined-cycle facility under development in the New England market.

Natural gas for the Westbrook facility will be transported through a dedicated connection to a pipeline jointly owned and managed by Portland Natural Gas Transmission System and Maritimes and Northeast Pipeline. This jointly owned pipeline, located between Westbrook and Dracut, MA, will provide the facility with access to gas from the Sable Offshore Energy Project as well as western Canadian and mid-western and southern U.S. gas reserves.

"With the addition of the Westbrook Power Plant, Calpine's New England power portfolio will produce enough electricity to supply more than one million households by 2000," said Bob Alff, Calpine's vice president - eastern region. "We look forward to providing the communities we serve with a much needed source of clean, reliable and affordable energy."

New England is one of the most attractive, highest priced energy markets in the nation. The region's 23,000 MW power base is comprised of many old, inefficient oil and coal-fired facilities and nuclear power plants. To date, about 2,400 MW of nuclear production has been retired, with an additional 500 MW of capacity slated for closure by 2003.

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