DUKE ENERGY BUSINESS UNITS PREPARE FOR HURRICANE RITA - Duke Energy

News Release
September 22, 2005

DUKE ENERGY BUSINESS UNITS PREPARE FOR HURRICANE RITA

HOUSTON – As Hurricane Rita continues to move across the Gulf of Mexico, Duke Energy is taking a number of emergency preparedness steps to ensure the safety of employees and the continued reliability of its operations in the region.

In support of this effort, most Duke Energy facilities in Houston will be staffed by essential employees only on Thursday and Friday.   

Operationally, the company’s different business units are taking the following steps:

  • Duke Energy Gas Transmission (DEGT) is securing facilities that potentially lie in the storm’s path. DEGT’s offshore system continues to operate, and the company’s Gas Control operations in Houston are being relocated to back-up facilities.  DEGT anticipates having certain Texas facilities unavailable for service.
  • Duke Energy Field Services (DEFS), based in Denver, is shutting down its natural gas gathering and processing facilities in the Mobile Bay, Ala., Houston, Tex., and in the south Texas areas because these facilities are in the projected path of the hurricane. DEFS has also relocated its Gas Control operations to back-up facilities as well.  Other natural gas gathering and processing facilities in west and central Texas, and southeast New Mexico are being shut-in because refineries and fractionators along the Gulf Coast affected by the hurricane are discontinuing their operations, resulting in a lack of natural gas liquids take-away capacity.
  • Duke Energy North America (DENA) has no operating facilities in the path of the hurricane. Critical staff, power and gas traders and schedulers are being relocated temporarily to other sites so those obligations can be met.
  • Duke Power has 1,000 employees and contractors continuing to restore power in Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina. The company continues to assess assistance that may be available once Hurricane Rita comes ashore.

Duke Energy’s public affairs staff will be available to respond to media calls.  Media inquiries should be directed to the company’s 24-hour media line at 704/382-8333.

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 the Americas. 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: http://www.duke-energy.com

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