MEG Energy announces the closing of its Senior Unsecured Notes Offering

CALGARY, ALBERTA (July 19, 2012) – MEG Energy Corp. today announced that it has closed its previously announced senior unsecured notes offering (the "Notes Offering"). MEG has issued US$800 million in aggregate principal amount of 6.375% senior unsecured notes due in 2023 (the "Notes"). The Notes were issued pursuant to an indenture dated as of July 19, 2012, by and between MEG and Wilmington Trust, National Association, as trustee.

The Notes have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "U.S. Securities Act"), and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from registration requirements. The Notes were offered only to qualified institutional buyers in the United States under Rule 144A and outside the United States in compliance with Regulation S under the U.S. Securities Act. In Canada, the Notes were offered on a private placement basis in certain provinces of Canada.

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to buy, any security and shall not constitute an offer, solicitation or sale in any jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation, or sale would be unlawful.

Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Information

This news release may contain forward-looking information. Such forward-looking information is based on certain assumptions and analysis made by MEG in light of its experience and perception of current conditions and expected future developments as well as other factors it believes are appropriate in the circumstances. However, whether actual results, performance or achievements will conform to MEG's expectations and predictions is subject to a number of known and unknown risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from MEG's expectations. Other factors which could materially affect such forward-looking information are described in the risk factors detailed in the offering documentation prepared and delivered by MEG in connection with the Notes Offering.

MEG Energy Corp. is focused on sustainable in situ oil sands development and production in the southern Athabasca oil sands region of Alberta, Canada. MEG is actively developing enhanced oil recovery projects that utilize SAGD extraction methods. MEG's common shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "MEG."

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