CenterPoint Energy holds open season for crude oil gathering system in North Dakota

 CenterPoint Energy holds open season for crude oil gathering system in North
                                    Dakota

PR Newswire

HOUSTON, Feb. 19, 2013

HOUSTON, Feb. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE: CNP)
announced today that CenterPoint Energy Bakken Crude Services, LLC (CEBCS), an
indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of CNP has commenced an open season to
solicit binding long-term volume commitments from customers for a new crude
oil gathering and transportation pipeline system.

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The system will gather crude oil from points located in North Dakota's Dunn
and McKenzie Counties, and transport it to interconnections with interstate
markets. The open season provides potential shippers with the opportunity to
make long-term volume commitments of at least 1,000barrels per day for crude
oil gathering and transportation service over the system.

Binding offers for service should be received by 5 p.m. Central Time on March
29, 2013. To download the open season click here. For questions, please email
or call Robert Redding at 918-382-5102 or
robert.redding@centerpointenergy.com.

CenterPoint Energy, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a domestic
energy delivery company that includes electric transmission & distribution,
natural gas distribution, competitive natural gas sales and services,
interstate pipelines, and field services operations. The company serves more
than five million metered customers primarily in Arkansas, Louisiana,
Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas. Assets total more than $22
billion. With over 8,800 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor
companies have been in business for more than 135 years. For more information,
visit the company's website at CenterPointEnergy.com.

This news release includes forward-looking statements. Actual events and
results may differ materially from those projected. The statements in this
news release regarding future events and other statements that are not
historical facts are forward-looking statements. Factors that could affect
actual results include the financial performance of CenterPoint Energy, the
timing and impact of future regulatory decisions, and other factors discussed
in CenterPoint Energy's Form 10-K for the period ended Dec. 31, 2011, and Form
10-Qs for the periods ended March 31, June 30, and Sept. 30, 2012, and other
filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

For more information contact
Media:
Alicia Dixon
Phone 713.207.5885
Investors:
Carla Kneipp
Phone 713.207.6500

SOURCE CenterPoint Energy, Inc.

Website: http://www.centerpointenergy.com
 
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