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TAMPA ELECTRIC'S GANNON STATION RETURNS TO SERVICE

 TAMPA, Fla., Sept. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- TECO Energy, Inc. (NYSE: TE) reported that a rupture of a steam line for one of the six units at Tampa Electric's Gannon Station yesterday put its second-largest power plant out of service for several hours. There was no interruption of service to the utility's customers.
 The rupture occurred shortly after noon in a cold reheat line for Gannon's unit six boiler. Units one and three were back in service last evening. Unit four is expected on line this morning and unit five next week. Assessment of the damage to unit six is in progress. Unit two has been down for scheduled maintenance.
 There were no injuries and no environmental threat was posed to the area outside of the plant.
 Tampa Electric has a total net generating capability of 3,312 megawatts, including 1,172 total megawatts at Gannon Station. Gannon unit six accounts for 363 megawatts.
 Tampa Electric, a subsidiary of TECO Energy, Inc., serves more than 470,000 customers and has a retail service area of 2,000 square miles in West Central Florida.
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 /CONTACT: Mike Mahoney of TECO Energy, 813-228-4271, or home, 813-961-9456/
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