News Release
Jan. 25, 1999

MARITIMES & NORTHEAST ANNOUNCES PHASE II CONSTRUCTION TO COMMENCE

BOSTON -- Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline, L.L.C. (Maritimes) today announced its contractors and initial construction schedule for Phase II of the natural gas pipeline. Construction of the 200- mile mainline from Baileyville, Maine, to Westbrook, Maine, is scheduled to begin in early February with the horizontal directional drilling of the Androscoggin, Kennebec, Penobscot and St. Croix rivers.

Michels Pipeline Construction, Inc. of Brownsville, Wis., recognized in the pipeline industry as a leader in drilling technology, has been awarded the contract to perform the horizontal directional drilling. Horizontal directional drilling will be used when crossing major water bodies to protect natural habitats and environmental resources.

Maritimes has also named Sheehan Pipe Line Construction Company of Tulsa, Okla, H.C. Price Company of Dallas and Latex Construction Company of Atlanta as the general contractors for the project. Each contractor will be responsible for building a portion of the Phase II mainline pipeline beginning in the spring.

"With our contractors in place, we are ready to begin early construction on this project. Gas will be flowing by our previously announced in-service date of November 1, 1999," said Tom O’Connor, president of M & N Management Company, managing member of Maritimes.

Maritimes and its contractors will be hosting contractor fairs to provide information on subcontracting opportunities to interested Maine companies. The contractor fairs will be held from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on March 3, 1999, at the Bangor Civic Center, and from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on March 4, 1999, at the Augusta Civic Center. For more information, contact the Maritimes office in Manchester, Maine at (207) 622-0073 or toll free at 888-876-4080.

Before construction, Maritimes will be holding a series of public meetings in communities along the mainline route to provide information on proposed activities.

Maritimes is owned by affiliates of Duke Energy Corporation (37.5%), Westcoast Energy Inc. (37.5%), Mobil Corporation (12.5%) and Nova Scotia Power Inc. (12.5%). Duke Energy, through its affiliates, is responsible for the overall development of the $1.2 billion Maritimes project and directly responsible for the U.S. portion of the project. Westcoast Energy Inc., a major energy company located in Vancouver, British Columbia, is responsible for the development of the Canadian pipeline portion of the project. Contact Maritimes on the World Wide Web at www.mnp-usa.com.

Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE:DUK) is a global energy company with more than $26 billion in assets. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., the company reaches into more than 50 countries, producing energy, transporting energy, marketing energy and providing energy services. In the United States, Duke Energy companies provide electric service to approximately two million customers in North Carolina and South Carolina; operate interstate pipelines that deliver natural gas to various regions of the country; and are leading marketers of electricity, natural gas and natural gas liquids. Additional information about the company is available on the Internet at: www.duke-energy.com.

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