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TRAINING SIMULATOR TO PROVIDE SAVINGS TO DUKE POWER

 TRAINING SIMULATOR TO PROVIDE SAVINGS TO DUKE POWER
 CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- A newly designed mobile


simulator for coal-fired station operators may save Duke Power Co. (NYSE: DUK) and its customers more than $175 million over the next 15 years, company officials said today.
 The simulator, a joint project between Duke Power and the utility industry's research association, the Electric Power Research Institute, will significantly enhance training methods using state-of-the-art technology.
 "Replica simulators have been used to train nuclear power plant operators for more than 15 years," said M.D. McIntosh, vice president of Duke Power's fossil/hydro generation department. "However, high cost and lack of flexibility have limited the use of simulators at coal-fired stations."
 The $1.5 million simulator is housed in two 40-foot trailers that can be moved throughout the Duke Power system. Its control systems and process models are able to duplicate the specific operating conditions of Duke's eight coal-fired stations.
 The simulator will help reduce operator preventable trips, improve engineering for control system replacements and upgrades, speed up plant start-ups and the ability to change plant load. These improvements will increase plant efficiency and lower fuel costs.
 Through the use of simulated plant malfunctions, operators can observe plant symptoms for a wide variety of conditions and learn the best way to interact with the automatic controls to maximize plant performance.
 "We expect our operators to be able to pay more attention to what the plant instrumentation tells them about the health of the plant and be able to take timely action to ensure that small problems remain small and large problems never occur," said McIntosh.
 "The challenge we face is to make our operators more comfortable with this new technology," added McIntosh. "These simulators and our excellent instructors will enable us to do that."
 The mobile simulator will train operators at eight Duke Power stations: Buck Steam Station in Rowan County; Allen Steam Station and Riverbend Steam Station in Gaston County; Belews Creek Steam Station in Stokes County; Cliffside Steam Station in Rutherford County; Dan River Steam Station in Rockingham County; Marshall Steam Station in Catawba County and Lee Steam Station in Anderson County, S.C.
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 EDITOR'S NOTE: A photo of employees at Allen Steam Station using the new equipment is available on request. Contact Randy Wheeless for overnight delivery.
 /CONTACT: Randy Wheeless, Duke Power Company, 704-382-8379, or (home) 704-535-8743 or 704-594-0681/
 (DUK) CO: Duke Power Company; Electric Power Research Institute ST: North Carolina, South Carolina IN: UTI SU: PDT


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