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DETROIT EDISON BURNS GREAT LAKES STEEL'S COKE-OVEN GAS

 DETROIT, May 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Detroit Edison (NYSE: DTE) and Great Lakes Steel have become partners in a project that will lower costs for both and improve the environment at the same time. On May 19, the utility began burning Great Lakes Steel's coke-oven gas at its River Rouge Power Plant.
 "We see our new partnership with Great Lakes Steel as a way to retain jobs in southeastern Michigan," said T. Michael Holton, manager of Major Accounts for Detroit Edison. "If we help our customers remain competitive, Detroit Edison also will thrive."
 The agreement offers other mutual benefits.
 "It's a win-win situation," said Ronald L. McIntyre, superintendent of Detroit Edison's River Rouge Power Plant. "Great Lakes can gain revenue by disposing of the gas in an environmentally acceptable manner. At the same time, Detroit Edison gains a fuel supplement that costs less than coal on a heat-equivalent basis."
 For Great Lakes Steel, the agreement also provides revenue.
 "We'll benefit monetarily by selling the gas as a fuel," said Steve Tucci, energy manager for Great Lakes Steel, a division of National Steel Corp. (NYSE: NS). "Detroit Edison will make low-cost electricity with it, and we'll benefit from that."
 Coke-oven gas is a by-product of steel manufacturing. A 2,000-foot- long, 20-inch diameter pipeline was built between the Detroit Edison and Great Lakes Steel plants to deliver the gas, which the power plant will use as a coal supplement. Detroit Edison will purchase up to 16 million cubic feet a day of coke-oven gas.
 Construction started last fall on the pipeline connecting the steelmaker with two units at the 517-megawatt power plant. Great Lakes Steel paid for the pipeline installation and for boiler modifications made during the winter to accommodate the gas at River Rouge Unit 2. The modifications will allow the unit's boiler to burn simultaneously coke-oven gas with the coal and blast-furnace gas currently used.
 The plant's Unit 3 also will be modified and ready to burn the coke- oven gas in the spring of 1994.
 Both companies have received the necessary environmental permits from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Wayne County Air Pollution Control Division. Detroit Edison has installed special emissions monitors to ensure compliance with the permits.
 "This project actually will reduce total sulfur dioxide emissions from the two plants," McIntyre said.
 The utility's sulfur-dioxide emissions are well below the 1995 standards set by the 1990 amendments to the federal Clean Air Act and also comply with the more restrictive standards that take effect five years later.
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 /CONTACT: Mary Kay Bean, 313-237-8809, or Lorie N. Kessler, 313-237-8807, both of Detroit Edison/
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