News Release
April 20, 1998

DUKE ENERGY FIELD SERVICES ACQUIRES SOUTH TEXAS ASSETS

HOUSTON -- Duke Energy Field Services, Inc. is continuing to expand its south Texas gathering and processing assets with the acquisition of the Brooks-Hidalgo Pipeline System from subsidiaries of Aquila Energy and Mitchell Energy, effective April 1.

The 90-mile gathering system, consisting of primarily 10-inch- and 12-inch-diameter pipeline with smaller diameter laterals, will provide an additional 45 million cubic feet per day of inlet capacity to Duke Energy’s LaGloria Gas Plant in Jim Wells County.

"The acquisition of the Brooks-Hidalgo Pipeline, combined with the recent spindown of Trunkline Gas Company’s South Texas System, continues to build on Duke Energy’s growing presence in the region, while offering producers the competitive service alternatives they desire," said Jim Mogg, president of Duke Energy Field Services.

Duke Energy Field Services Inc., gathers and processes natural gas and is the nation’s fourth largest producer and a leading marketer of natural gas liquids. The company also provides intrastate natural gas transportation and storage, and financial services for producers.

Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE:DUK) is a global energy company with $20 billion in assets. Duke Energy companies provide electric service to approximately 2 million customers; operate pipelines that deliver 12 percent of the natural gas consumed in the United States; and are leading marketers of electricity, natural gas and natural gas liquids. Globally the companies develop, own and operate energy facilities and provide engineering, management, operating and environmental services. Contact Duke Energy on the World Wide Web at http://www.duke-energy.com.

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