News Release
Aug. 17, 1999

Duke/Fluor Daniel Chosen To Build Power Plant In Georgia

CHARLOTTE, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Duke/Fluor Daniel Tuesday announced that it has been awarded a contract by West Georgia Generating Co., L.P., a subsidiary of Sonat Energy Services Company, to provide engineering, procurement and construction services for a 650-megawatt dual fuel, natural gas and distillate oil-fired power plant in Upson County, Ga. The power plant will be designed to use four PG7241 (FA) gas turbines in simple-cycle operation.

The $180 million power plant, which will be built within the Thomaston Industrial Park in Upson County, is expected to be fully operational by June 1, 2000, providing electricity to serve the summer peak demand. A significant portion of the electricity from the power plant will be sold to Georgia Power under an existing power sales agreement. Duke/Fluor Daniel’s contract value was not disclosed.

"We are planning to design and construct a power plant for West Georgia Generating Company with the high level of quality our customers are accustomed to receiving, within the short time frame required for commercial operation. We look forward to working with West Georgia Generating Company, Georgia Power and Upson County to make this project a success for all parties involved," said Clarence Ray, Jr., President of Duke/Fluor Daniel. "We’re pleased that we are able to provide value to West Georgia Generating Company and Sonat Energy Services in this way.

The groundbreaking ceremony was conducted at the site on March 25, 1999. Engineering and procurement began earlier this year at Duke/Fluor Daniel’s office in Irvine, Calif.

The project will serve the growing needs for power in Georgia. Duke/Fluor Daniel anticipates that the project will provide a peak level of approximately 250 local craft labor jobs during the construction phase.

SONAT (NYSE:SNT) the parent company of SONAT Energy Services, is an integrated oil and natural gas company engaged in exploration, development and production of oil and natural gas, interstate transmission of natural gas, and natural gas and electric power marketing. SONAT Energy Services also has a 50% ownership of the "Mid-Georgia" 300 MW cogeneration power plant in Kathleen, Ga., which began commercial operation in 1998.

Duke Energy Corporation and Fluor Daniel formed Duke/Fluor Daniel in 1989 to provide comprehensive engineering, procurement, construction, and operating plant services for fossil-fueled electric power generation facilities worldwide.

Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE:DUK) is a global energy company with more than $24 billion in assets. Duke Energy companies provide electric service to about 2 million customers; operate pipelines which 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.

Fluor Daniel is the engineering, procurement and construction services subsidiary of Fluor Corporation (NYSE:FLR). In 1998, Fluor Corporation revenues were $13.5 billion. Fluor Corporation releases are available on Fluor’s Corporate News on the Net site at: http://www.businesswire.com/cnn/flr.htm.

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