News Release
April 11, 2000


LONDON/HOUSTON– Duke Energy International (DEI) announced today the appointment of Alfred Sorensen as senior vice president of DEI and head of DEI Europe, effective immediately. Sorensen will lead DEI’s European merchant energy business including trading and marketing, natural gas and power portfolio development as well as acquisitions and divestitures. He reports to DEI President and CEO Bruce Williamson and will be based in London.

"Like North America, Asia Pacific and Latin America, Duke Energy is committed to building an integrated energy business in Europe having established an initial platform in the region with the acquisition of MEGAS, a leading gas marketing company," said Williamson. "Having helped build and run Duke Energy’s Canadian gas and power trading and marketing business, Alfred brings a wealth of experience in risk management, commodity trading, origination and development to our European business. His expertise and proven leadership capabilities add tremendous depth to our European team and will enable Duke Energy to rapidly build its gas and power trading and marketing business."

Prior to today’s appointment, Sorensen was president of the Canadian trading division of Duke Energy Trading and Marketing (DETM), a position he held since 1997. A native of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Sorensen began his career with Duke Energy in 1987 as a marketing representative. Since then he has served in a number of positions of increasing responsibility within the trading company and in 1999 was responsible for expanding DETM’s Canadian division into power trading from its gas trading platform.

Sorensen attended the University of Alberta, where he obtained a degree in commerce. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a director of the Alberta Ballet Company.

Duke Energy International (DEI), a wholly owned subsidiary of Duke Energy, is one of the world’s leading international energy companies offering energy trading and marketing, risk management, natural gas and power development expertise and operations services across Latin America, Asia-Pacific and Europe.

Duke Energy, a diversified multi-national energy company, creates value for customers and shareholders through an integrated network of energy assets and expertise. Duke Energy manages a dynamic portfolio of natural gas and electric supply, delivery and trading businesses -- generating revenues of nearly $22 billion in 1999. Duke Energy, headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., is a Fortune 100 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available on the Internet at:

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