Novus Energy Inc. announces acquisitions of assets in its Dodsland,
Saskatchewan core area

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CALGARY, Dec. 18 /CNW/ - Novus Energy Inc. ("Novus") (TSXV: NVS) is pleased to announce that it has closed two separate agreements for the acquisition of assets within its core operational area of Dodsland, Saskatchewan. Pursuant to the agreements, which are effective December 1, 2009, Novus made aggregate cash payments of $850,000 and acquired 73,900 boe of proven plus probable reserves (measured effective December 31, 2008), located within its core area of Viking oil production.

These acquisitions complement the recently closed acquisition of Ammonite Energy Ltd. and the previously disclosed purchase of assets from two private companies and provide Novus with additional strategic acreage prospective for light Viking oil.

Novus is focused on growing the Company's asset base through targeting high quality, high netback, light oil resource style plays amenable to horizontal drilling utilizing multi-stage fracture technology. Novus' two core focus areas are in Saskatchewan. In the Dodsland area of Saskatchewan, Novus is focusing on developing its recently acquired acreage targeting Viking light oil, and in Southeast Saskatchewan, Novus is pursuing two separate Bakken projects.

Novus Energy Inc. is a well positioned, junior oil and gas company with a proven management team committed to aggressive, cost-effective growth of light oil reserves and production. Novus' common shares trade on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol NVS.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Advisory Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

The information provided above includes references to discovered and undiscovered natural gas resources. There is no certainty that any portion of the resources will be discovered. If discovered, there is no certainty that it will be commercially viable to produce any portion of the resources.

This press release contains forward-looking statements and forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws. The use of any of the words "expect", "anticipate", "continue", "estimate", "objective", "ongoing", "may", "will", "project", "should", "believe", "plans", "intends" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking information or statements. More particularly and without limitation, this press release contains forward looking statements and information concerning petroleum and natural gas reserves; business strategy; future development and growth opportunities; prospects; asset base and oil and natural gas prices. The forward-looking statements and information are based on certain key expectations and assumptions made by Novus, including expectations and assumptions concerning prevailing commodity prices and exchange rates, applicable royalty rates and tax laws; future well production rates and reserve volumes; the performance of existing wells; the success obtained in drilling new wells; and the sufficiency of budgeted capital expenditures in carrying out planned activities; and the availability and cost of labour and services. Although Novus believes that the expectations and assumptions on which such forward-looking statements and information are based are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on the forward looking statements and information because Novus can give no assurance that they will prove to be correct. Since forward-looking statements and information address future events and conditions, by their very nature they involve inherent risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from those currently anticipated due to a number of factors and risks. These include, but are not limited to, the risks associated with the oil and gas industry in general such as operational risks in development, exploration and production; delays or changes in plans with respect to exploration or development projects or capital expenditures; the uncertainty of reserve estimates; the uncertainty of estimates and projections relating to reserves, production, costs and expenses; health, safety and environmental risks; commodity price and exchange rate fluctuations; marketing and transportation; loss of markets; environmental risks; competition; incorrect assessment of the value of acquisitions; failure to realize the anticipated benefits of acquisitions; ability to access sufficient capital from internal and external sources; failure to obtain required regulatory and other approvals; and changes in legislation, including but not limited to tax laws, royalties and environmental regulations. Readers are cautioned that the foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive. Additional information on these and other factors that could affect Novus' operations or financial results are included in reports on file with applicable securities regulatory authorities and may be accessed through the SEDAR website (www.sedar.com), and at Novus' website (www.novusenergy.ca). The forward-looking statements and information contained in this press release are made as of the date hereof and Novus 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 securities laws

Disclosure provided herein in respect of barrels of oil equivalent (boe) may be misleading, particularly if used in isolation. A boe conversion ratio of 6 Mcf:1 Bbl is based on an energy equivalency conversion method primarily applicable at the burner tip and does not represent a value equivalency at the wellhead. Figures quoted may not add exactly due to rounding.

SOURCE Novus Energy Inc.

For further information: For further information: Hugh G. Ross, President and Chief Executive Officer, Telephone: (403) 263-4310, Fax: (403) 263-4368

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