News Release
October 17, 2003


HOUSTON – TEPPCO Partners, L.P. (NYSE:TPP) today announced that it will increase its quarterly distribution to $0.65 per unit from $0.625 per unit. The distribution is payable Nov. 7, 2003, to unitholders of record on Oct. 31, 2003. This distribution covers the period from July 1, 2003, through Sept. 30, 2003.

“We are pleased to increase our distribution for the second time in 2003, continuing our 10-year track record of solid distribution growth,” said Barry R. Pearl, president and chief executive officer of the general partner of TEPPCO. “This increase reflects our positive outlook for both our near-term performance and growth opportunities across each of the partnership's business segments.”  

TEPPCO Partners, L.P. is a publicly traded master limited partnership, which conducts business through various subsidiary operating companies. TEPPCO owns and operates one of the largest common carrier pipelines of refined petroleum products and liquefied petroleum gases in the United States; owns and operates petrochemical and natural gas liquid pipelines; is engaged in crude oil transportation, storage, gathering and marketing; owns and operates natural gas gathering systems; and owns 50-percent interests in Seaway Crude Pipeline Company, Centennial Pipeline LLC, and Mont Belvieu Storage Partners, L.P., and an undivided ownership interest in the Basin Pipeline. Texas Eastern Products Pipeline Company, LLC, an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Duke Energy Field Services, LLC, is the general partner of TEPPCO Partners, L.P.   For more information, visit TEPPCO’s Web site at 

This news release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters discussed in this news release are forward-looking statements that involve certain risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include, among other things, market conditions, governmental regulations and factors discussed in TEPPCO Partners, L.P. filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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