News Release
Oct. 04, 2000


HOUSTON – Duke Energy Gas Transmission (DEGT) has named Robin E. (Rob) Manning vice president of engineering and Steve Craft as vice president, information services. DEGT is the Houston-based Duke Energy business unit responsible for the company’s interstate natural gas pipeline operations.

Manning will be responsible for managing all engineering functions for DEGT, including design and construction, testing, codes and mapping and project management. He transfers from Duke Power where he advanced through positions of increasing responsibility over 22 years. He most recently was general manager of electric distribution.

Craft will be responsible for oversight of the information technology group for all pipeline activities, including the Link system, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition, real-time systems, engineering systems and data center services. He advanced through positions of increasing responsibility over 25 years.

Manning earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from North Carolina State University. He will complete a master of business administration program at Queens College in Charlotte, N.C., in December.

Craft earned a bachelor of science degree in computer science from the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) in 1975. He earned a master's in business administration at Houston Baptist University in 1984.

DEGT manages 12,000 miles of natural gas pipelines known as Texas Eastern Transmission Corp., Algonquin Gas Transmission Co., East Tennessee Natural Gas Co. and with other partners, Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline. Together, these companies transport 8 percent of the natural gas consumed in the United States. DEGT also owns natural gas salt cavern facilities in Texas and Louisiana with a total storage capacity of 23 billion cubic feet. Other natural gas storage projects in Mississippi and Pennsylvania are currently under development.

Duke Energy, a diversified multinational 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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