News Release
Jan. 20, 2000

TEPPCO PARTNERS L.P. UPGRADES EASTERN ARKANSAS TRUCK RACK

HOUSTON — TEPPCO Partners, L.P. (NYSE:TPP) announced today the completion of upgrades to the truck rack at the company’s Helena, Ark. terminal. The conversion to a two-bay, fully automated truck rack with upgraded loading pumps and bottom-loading connections for trucks will enhance the delivery of high- and low-sulfur diesel to Eastern Arkansas and Western Mississippi. The refurbished facility also allows TEPPCO to resume supplying premium and regular gasoline to meet the fuel demands in this market area.

Trucks will be able to load gasoline locally rather than driving to Memphis, Little Rock or Greenville, Miss., which should reduce overall transportation costs. Customers in the Helena, Ark. area should benefit from the lower costs of getting gasoline to local service stations.

"The timing on the upgrade was right for everyone," said Refined Products Terminal Services Manager Ken Schutt. "TEPPCO wanted to get back into providing a full slate of transportation fuels for the Helena area and local jobbers and marketers were asking for gasoline delivery to be brought back to the area."

The rack’s new equipment allows drivers to load products through a secure card-accessed automation system that speeds loading and improves safety. The facility is open 24 hours-a-day, seven-days-a week and is equipped with a new vapor control system that reduces air pollution during truck loading activities.

TEPPCO Partners, L.P. is a publicly owned master limited partnership which conducts business through two operating companies. TB Products Pipeline Company, Limited Partnership is one of the largest common carrier pipelines of refined petroleum products and liquefied petroleum gases in the United States. TEPPCO Crude Oil, LLC is a crude oil gathering, transportation, storage and marketing company operating primarily in Texas and Oklahoma. Texas Eastern Products Pipeline Company, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Duke Energy, is the general partner of TEPPCO Partners, L.P.

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