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AmerenUE Completes Purchase of Aquila's Missouri Eastern Gas System
AmerenUE has completed its purchase of the natural gas distribution facilities of Aquila, Inc. in east-central Missouri. Aquila's 4,200 customers in Rolla, Salem and Owensville became customers of AmerenUE, effective May 1.

Besides the transfer of customers, the transaction also involves about 164 miles of natural gas distribution mains, plus trucks and other equipment necessary to operate the system. The locally-based Aquila employees serving the area are now AmerenUE employees.

AmerenUE is mailing packets of information to all customers in the communities involved, providing details on the company's services, contact information, bill payment options and other information. For natural gas service questions and requests, customers in Rolla, Salem and Owensville should now call AmerenUE's toll-free number: 1-800-552-7583 (1-800-55-ASK-UE). Information and a wide range of services are also available on the Ameren Web site (www.ameren.com).

AmerenUE is a subsidiary of St. Louis-based Ameren Corporation (NYSE:AEE). Ameren companies serve 1.7 million electric customers and 500,000 natural gas customers in a 49,000-square-mile area of Missouri and Illinois.

Based in Kansas City, Mo., Aquila, Inc. (NYSE:ILA) operates electricity and natural gas distribution networks serving customers in seven U.S. states and in Canada. Aquila also owns and operates power generation assets.