TransCanada Issues US$2.0 Billion of Senior Notes

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Jan. 9, 2009) - TransCanada Corporation (TSX:TRP) (NYSE:TRP) (TransCanada) announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary, TransCanada PipeLines Limited, has successfully completed an offering of US$750 million of 7.125% Senior Notes due January 15, 2019 and US$1.25 billion of 7.625% Senior Notes due January 15, 2039. Net proceeds from the issue will be used to partially fund TransCanada's capital projects, retire maturing debt obligations and for general corporate purposes.

"Our debt issue demonstrates TransCanada's ability to successfully access the capital markets on attractive terms in these uncertain economic times," said Hal Kvisle, TransCanada's president and chief executive officer. "We are pleased with the significant progress we have made towards meeting TransCanada's 2009 capital needs which arise primarily from our portfolio of attractive, low-risk projects currently under construction."

The offering was made in the United States under TransCanada's previously filed shelf prospectus dated January 2, 2009. The offering was co-led by Citigroup Global Markets Inc. and HSBC Securities (America) Inc.

A copy of the prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus relating to these securities may be obtained from Citigroup Global Markets Inc., Brooklyn Army Terminal, 140 58th Street, 8th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11220 (toll-free: 1-877-858-5407), or from HSBC Securities (USA) Inc., 452 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10018 (toll-free: 1-866-811-8049).

With more than 50 years' experience, TransCanada is a leader in the responsible development and reliable operation of North American energy infrastructure including natural gas pipelines, power generation, gas storage facilities, and projects related to oil pipelines and LNG facilities. TransCanada's network of wholly owned pipelines extends more than 59,000 kilometres (36,500 miles), tapping into virtually all major gas supply basins in North America. TransCanada is one of the continent's largest providers of gas storage and related services with approximately 370 billion cubic feet of storage capacity. A growing independent power producer, TransCanada owns, or has interests in, over 10,900 megawatts of power generation in Canada and the United States. TransCanada's common shares trade on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges under the symbol TRP.

FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION

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