News Release
August 26, 2004


HOUSTON -- The fire at the Moss Bluff natural gas storage facility east of Houston is now out and the ongoing work to replace the new control valve assembly continues. The fire that began about 4:15 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 19, burned itself out at about 9:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 25.

The methodical work at the site continues. Installation of the new valve assembly began this afternoon. Workers will continue through the night and on Friday welding the valve assembly into place.

Local Department of Public Safety and emergency response officials will make the final determination of when it is safe for residents who remain in the evacuation zone to return to their homes.

NOTE:   B-ROLL AVAILABLE                                    

As a safety consideration and to eliminate distraction for workers at the site, Duke Energy this afternoon shot B-roll of the new valve assembly and its movement closer to the connection point on top of cavern #1. A 100-ton crane was utilized in the effort. The B-roll (broadcast quality Beta format) is now available to interested media outlets at the front desk of Duke Energy's primary Houston location at 5400 Westheimer Court (Westheimer and Yorktown just west of the Galleria). Please credit Duke Energy for any B-roll that is used.

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 17,500 miles of transmission pipeline and about 250 billion cubic feet of storage capacity in Canada and the United States. More information on DEGT can be found at:

Duke Energy is a diversified energy company with a portfolio of natural gas and electric businesses, both regulated and unregulated, and an affiliated real estate company. Duke Energy supplies, delivers and processes energy for customers in North America and selected international markets. In 2004, the company celebrates a century of service with the 100th anniversary of its electric utility Duke Power. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy 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

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