EnCana subsidiary Cenovus Energy completes a US$3.5 billion private debt offering

CALGARY, Alberta (September 18, 2009) - EnCana Corporation's (TSX, NYSE: ECA) wholly-owned subsidiary Cenovus Energy Inc. has completed, in three tranches, a US$3.5 billion private offering of debt securities which are exempt from the registration requirements of the Securities Act of 1933 under Rule 144A and Regulation S.

The three tranches are:
  • US$800 million 4.50% senior notes due September 15, 2014
  • US$1.3 billion 5.70% senior notes due October 15, 2019
  • US$1.4 billion 6.75% senior notes due November 15, 2039

These debt securities have been assigned provisional ratings of BBB+ by Standard & Poor's Corporation and A (low) by DBRS Limited, and Baa2 by Moody's Investors Services, Inc.

As previously announced, Cenovus has arranged a commitment for revolving and bridge credit facilities in the amounts of C$2 billion and US$3 billion, respectively, in connection with the proposed Plan of Arrangement as outlined in EnCana's news release of September 10, 2009. The proceeds of the private offering will eliminate the need for the US$3 billion bridge credit facility. The net proceeds of the private offering were placed into an escrow account pending the completion of the Arrangement.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of the securities in any state in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful. The securities have not been registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements.

EnCana Corporation
With an enterprise value of approximately $55 billion, EnCana is a leading North American unconventional natural gas and integrated oil company. By partnering with employees, community organizations and other businesses, EnCana contributes to the strength and sustainability of the communities where it operates. EnCana common shares trade on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges under the symbol ECA.

ADVISORY REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS - In the interests of providing EnCana shareholders and potential investors with information regarding EnCana and the private debt offering described above in this news release, including management's assessment of future plans, EnCana has included in this news release certain statements and information that are forward-looking statements or information within the meaning of applicable securities legislation, and which are collectively referred to herein as "forward-looking statements." The forward-looking statements in this news release include, but are not limited to, statements with respect to: the completion of the U.S. dollar private debt offering and the expected closing date thereof, the expected use of proceeds of such offering; and the anticipated acquisition of assets by Cenovus from EnCana in connection with the proposed Plan of Arrangement.

Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, as there can be no assurance that the future circumstances, outcomes or results anticipated in or implied by such forward-looking statements will occur or that plans, intentions or expectations upon which the forward-looking statements are based will occur. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve numerous assumptions, known and unknown risks and uncertainties, both general and specific, that contribute to the possibility that circumstances, events or outcomes anticipated or implied by forward-looking statements will not occur, which may cause the actual performance and financial results in future periods to differ materially from the performance or results anticipated or implied by any such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, among other things: risks associated with the ability to obtain any necessary approvals, waivers, consents, court orders and other requirements necessary or desirable to permit or facilitate the proposed Plan of Arrangement (including, regulatory and shareholder approvals); the risk that any applicable conditions of the proposed transaction may not be satisfied; volatility of and assumptions regarding oil and gas prices; assumptions contained in or relevant to the company's current corporate guidance; fluctuations in currency and interest rates; product supply and demand; market competition; risks inherent in marketing operations (including credit risks); imprecision of reserves estimates and estimates of recoverable quantities of oil, bitumen, natural gas and liquids from resource plays and other sources not currently classified as proved reserves; the ability to successfully manage and operate the integrated North American oil business with ConocoPhillips; refining and marketing margins; potential disruption or unexpected technical difficulties in developing new products and manufacturing processes; potential failure of new products to achieve acceptance in the market; unexpected cost increases or technical difficulties in constructing or modifying manufacturing or refining facilities; unexpected difficulties in manufacturing, transporting or refining synthetic crude oil; risks associated with technology and the application thereof to the business of EnCana (GasCo) and Cenovus; the ability to replace and expand oil and gas reserves; the ability to generate sufficient cash flow from operations to meet current and future obligations; the ability to access external sources of debt and equity capital; the timing and the costs of well and pipeline construction; the ability to secure adequate product transportation; changes in royalty, tax, environmental and other laws or regulations or the interpretations of such laws or regulations; applicable political and economic conditions; the risk of war, hostilities, civil insurrection, political instability and terrorist threats; risks associated with existing and potential future lawsuits and regulatory actions; and other risks and uncertainties described from time to time in the reports and filings made with securities regulatory authorities by EnCana. Although EnCana believes that the expectations represented by such forward-looking statements are reasonable, there can be no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. Readers are cautioned that the foregoing list of important factors is not exhaustive.

Assumptions relating to forward-looking statements generally include EnCana's current expectations and projections made by the company in light of, and generally consistent with, its historical experience and its perception of historical trends, as well as expectations regarding rates of advancement and innovation, generally consistent with and informed by its past experience, all of which are subject to the risk factors identified elsewhere in this document.

Furthermore, the forward-looking statements contained in this news release are made as of the date of this news release, and, except as required by law, EnCana does not undertake any obligation to update publicly or to revise any of the included forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. The forward-looking statements contained in this news release are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.

There can be no assurances that the offering will be completed as described herein or at all.

Further information on EnCana Corporation is available on the company's website, www.encana.com.

For further information:
EnCana Corporate Communications
Investor contact:
Paul Gagne
Vice-President, Investor Relations
(403) 645-4737

Ryder McRitchie
Manager, Investor Relations
(403) (403) 645-2007

Susan Grey
Manager, Investor Relations
(403) 645-4571

Media contact:
Alan Boras
Manager, Media Relations
(403) 645-4747



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