News Release
Feb. 07, 2000

Eastern Gas Pipeline sets new standards on the way to reaching the halfway milestone

Work on Duke Energy International’s (DEI) $450 million Eastern Gas Pipeline Project moves to Victoria this month, taking the project to its halfway mark and closer to the September 2000 deadline.

Construction crews from the Joint Venture Transfield/Willbros/Macmahon have moved from New South Wales (NSW) to establish camps in the southern state.

Work in Victoria will be carried out on two main fronts – beginning at Longford and working north to the Orbost region, and then from the border south to Orbost.

Crews will continue to work in NSW; from Horsley Park (near Sydney) south towards Nowra; and from Nowra south towards the Endrick River (north of Braidwood) while the revegetation program takes place on completed sections of the pipeline.

One of Australia’s major infrastructure developments for the turn of the century, the project has seen an unprecedented program of cultural and environmental protection.

DEI Eastern Gas Pipeline General Manager Mark Landseidel said Aboriginal Monitors and Archaeologists had been engaged to assist the company in preserving Aboriginal cultural heritage along the 795km route.

"The Monitors have been working closely with construction crews to ensure culturally significant features are protected during the construction process," he said.

"Such a program has never previously been undertaken in the Australian pipeline industry on such a scale nor have the Wildlife Protection and Vegetation Management Programs which we’ve undertaken.

"Our zoologists go to great lengths to protect wildlife during construction and this includes retrieving animals which have strayed into the trench."

Mr Landseidel said DEI was setting new standards in construction and environmental management for the pipeline industry.

He said the program started with an intensive four-year approvals process.

"DEI sought firstly to select the most appropriate alignment for the pipeline to minimise impact on the environment. As such, 95 per cent of the pipeline route is in previously disturbed land such as power, telecommunications, road or rail easements or agricultural land," he said.

"The plan covers all issues including weed management, erosion control, rehabilitation, bushfire prevention, and waste management."

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, Europe and the Asia Pacific. DEI’s Asia Pacific energy portfolio is located in Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia and includes 862 miles (1387km) of natural gas pipelines in operation and under construction; 780 gross megawatts of thermal power generation; and energy trading and marketing.

Duke Energy, a premier global energy company, serves customers and creates shareholder value through an integrated network of energy assets. As market leaders in their respective fields, Duke Energy businesses manage a multi-national portfolio of energy supply, delivery and trading assets valued at approximately $30 billion. Duke Energy, headquartered in Charlotte, USA, 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: www.duke-energy.com.

Contact: Michelle Barry
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