News Release
May 10, 2001


HOUSTON Duke Energy Gas Transmission (DEGT) has received the Safety Achievement Award from the American Gas Association -- the AGA’s top safety award. The award is given to member companies for outstanding achievements in promoting natural gas pipeline safety.

This marks the seventh time that DEGT has received the honor. Last year, DEGT had the lowest lost-time incident rate among large natural gas transmission companies.

"This award reflects the commitment and hard work of our employees and enhances the message that Duke Energy is a leader in pipeline safety. We are very proud to receive it," said Theopolis Holeman, DEGT senior vice president. "It is an honor that the AGA has again recognized the high value Duke Energy Gas Transmission places on the health and safety of our employees, customers and communities in which we operate. Our emphasis on safety grows as we strive to provide the necessary infrastructure to meet the growing demand for energy across the nation."

The award was recently presented to DEGT at the 2001 AGA Operations Conference in Dallas.

Duke Energy Gas Transmission owns and operates 12,000 miles of natural gas pipelines including Texas Eastern Transmission, LP, Algonquin Gas Transmission Co. and East Tennessee Natural Gas Co., and also owns an interest in Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline. DEGT is a partner in the proposed Gulfstream Natural Gas System. Additionally, DEGT owns natural gas salt cavern facilities in Texas and Louisiana with a total storage capacity of 24 billion cubic feet.

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 more than $49 billion in 2000. 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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