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Tampa Electric announces plans to reduce emissions from Big Bend Units One and Two

TAMPA, July 20, 1998

Tampa Electric Company today announced it has concluded that the most cost-effective method of compliance with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Clean Air Act, Phase 2 sulfur dioxide (SO2) reduction requirements is to install a flue gas desulfurization (FGD) system at Big Bend Station units one and two.

The FGD system will be comparable to the system operated at Big Bend units three and four. It will have a 95 percent sulfur dioxide removal capability.

Tampa Electric President John Ramil said, "By installing one FGD system to service two units, we're going to benefit from one of the lowest cost-per-kilowatt FGD system installations in the United States."

"The project's estimated cost of about $90 million, or $100 per kilowatt, is less than half the industry average for a project of this kind," Ramil noted. "This cost-effective approach will directly benefit our customers."

Tampa Electric has contracted with Raytheon Engineers and Constructors to provide architect/engineering and construction management services, and with Wheelabrator Air Pollution Control, Inc. to design, supply and install the FGD system.

The FGD system will use recycled water as part of its basic operational design. In addition, the system will produce high quality gypsum for use in the manufacture of wallboard.

Conceptual and preliminary site engineering are underway. The project work is scheduled to be completed by the middle of 2000.

Tampa Electric is the principal subsidiary of TECO Energy, Inc. TECO Energy is a diversified, energy-related utility holding company also based in Tampa. In addition to Tampa Electric, its principal businesses include TECO Coal, TECO Transport, TECO Coalbed Methane, TECO Power Services, Bosek Gibson & Associates.

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