News Release
September 29, 2003


CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Duke Energy announced today that it has reached an agreement to sell its 30-percent interest in Vector Pipeline to Enbridge Inc. and DTE Energy Company for US$145 million.

Enbridge and DTE currently own 70 percent of the Vector pipeline. Each will pay $72.5 million for a 15-percent share of Duke Energy’s ownership stake. Upon completion of the sale, expected in early October, Enbridge will own 60 percent of Vector with DTE owning the remaining 40 percent.

The 348-mile Vector Pipeline transports Western Canadian natural gas from the Chicago-area market hub in Joliet, Ill., to the hub at Dawn, Ontario.

Duke Energy acquired ownership interest in the pipeline through its 2002 acquisition of Westcoast Energy.

"The sale of our non-operating, minority interest in Vector Pipeline strengthens Duke Energy’s financial position and is consistent with our overall North American portfolio management strategy," said Richard B. Priory, chairman and chief executive officer of Duke Energy.

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 500 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available on the Internet at:

Contact: Terry Francisco, Duke Energy
Phone: 704/373-6680
24-Hour Phone: 704/382-8333
Contact: Gretchen Krueger, Duke Energy Gas Transmission
Phone: 713/627-4072
24-Hour Phone: 704/382-8333