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BETHLEHEM STEEL SUBSIDIARY RECEIVES ORDER FOR NEARLY 50,000 TONS OF PIPE FROM FLORIDA GAS TRANSMISSION COMPANY

 STEELTON, Pa., Nov. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Steel Technologies, Inc. announced today it has received an order for nearly 50,000 tons of pipe from Florida Gas Transmission Company, an ENRON/SONAT affiliate, for use in a natural gas system expansion project stretching from the Mexican border, across the southern tier of states, to Homestead, Fla., south of Miami.
 The contract represents one of the largest orders for pipe in the last decade for the locally based subsidiary of Bethlehem Steel Corporation (NYSE: BS).
 PST is providing Florida Gas with 30-inch and 36-inch diameter welded pipe for the project which is designed to add 530 million cubic feet per day of natural gas to the Florida market. Ninety percent of the increased supply of gas will be used for electric power generation in Florida.
 PST's segment translates into 113 miles of the 815-mile-long pipeline project.
 "This order is a major boost to our pipe manufacturing business, coming at a time when pipeline construction was virtually at a standstill throughout North America," said Andrew R. Futchko, PST president. "And as important as the order is to us here at PST, it will also benefit other companies and suppliers in this region involved in welding and coating our pipe, as well as business in general in our community."
 The total 47,370 tons of pipe to be produced here will include approximately 15,000 sections in 40-foot lengths and 11,000 sections in 80-foot lengths. The longer length pipe will be welded here by Midwestern Pipeline Services, Inc. All of the pipe will be fusion bond/epoxy-coated here by Dura-Bond, Inc.
 Steel plate for the pipe is being supplied by Bethlehem Steel's Sparrows Point, Md., and Burns Harbor, Ind., divisions.
 James Cichelli, pipe sales and marketing manager at PST, estimated that work on the pipe order will be completed by early 1994. "We're gearing our production to meet agreed-to shipping schedules to Kissimmee, Greenville and Fort Pierce, Fla. We're estimating that by the time the order is completed we'll have shipped more than 850 rail car loads."
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 /CONTACT: Henry Von Spreckelsen, manager of corporate communications, of Bethlehem Steel, 215-694-3711/
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