News Release
Aug. 23, 2002

DUKE ENERGY: NATURAL GAS MAINLINE EXPANSION IN NORTHEAST BRITISH COLUMBIA RECEIVES REGULATORY APPROVAL

CALGARY, Alberta -- Duke Energy has received National Energy Board (NEB) approval to expand Duke Energy Gas Transmission’s (DEGT) Fort Nelson Mainline in northeast British Columbia.

 

The expansion of the Fort Nelson Mainline includes the addition of 4.0 kilometers (2.5 miles) of 36-inch pipeline on the north end of DEGT’s compressor station N5, located approximately 15 kilometers (9.5 miles) north of Beryl Prairie in British Columbia. The additional pipeline capacity will add 43 million cubic feet per day (MMCF/D) of incremental natural gas transportation service to this segment of the BC Mainline. Construction is scheduled for mid-August with an in-service date set for November 2002.

 

An integral part of DEGT’s British Columbia Pipeline transportation system, the Fort Nelson Mainline segment extends from DEGT’s processing plant near Fort Nelson to its Compressor Station 2 at Willow Flats, British Columbia.

 

“This increase in transportation service on our Fort Nelson Mainline will meet the immediate needs of producers in the Fort Nelson area – an area where producers are achieving considerable success in adding new reserves and production,” said Doug Haughey, president, DEGT BC Pipeline and Field Services divisions. “Duke Energy Gas Transmission provides the link for natural gas supplies from the key northeast British Columbia supply region, to reach the growing markets of British Columbia and U.S. Pacific Northwest.  These regions are the traditional market for gas produced in northeast British Columbia.”

 

Duke Energy Gas Transmission is a North American leader in developing energy infrastructure and connecting major natural gas supply basins to growing markets. The company’s natural gas operations include more than 18,900 miles of interstate transmission pipeline and 240 billion cubic feet of storage capacity in Canada and the United States. More information on DEGT can be found at www.degt.duke-energy.com.

 

Duke Energy is a diversified multinational energy company with an integrated network of energy assets and expertise. The company manages a dynamic portfolio of natural gas and electric supply, delivery and trading businesses – meeting the energy needs of customers throughout North America and in key markets around the world. 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: www.duke-energy.com.

 

Contact: Toni Beck
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