CenterPoint Energy Field Services division signs long-term agreement with XTO Energy to gather crude oil production in North

CenterPoint Energy Field Services division signs long-term agreement with XTO
     Energy to gather crude oil production in North Dakota's Bakken shale

With agreement, CenterPoint Energy unit will diversify product gathering
capability and expand outside footprint into liquids-rich area

PR Newswire

HOUSTON, April 9, 2013

HOUSTON, April 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- CenterPoint Energy Bakken Crude
Services, LLC (CEBCS), an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of CenterPoint
Energy, Inc. (NYSE: CNP), announced it has entered into a long-term agreement
with XTO Energy Inc., a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM), to
gather XTO's crude oil production through a new crude oil gathering and
transportation pipeline system in North Dakota's liquids-rich Bakken shale.
The agreement with XTO is the first agreement entered into pursuant to the
open season announced by CEBCS on February 19.


Under the terms of this new agreement, which includes volume commitments,
CEBCS will provide service to XTO over a gathering system to be constructed in
Dunn and McKenzie counties, North Dakota. The gathering system will have a
capacity of up to 19,500 barrels per day.

"We are extremely pleased to provide long-term crude oil gathering services
for such an outstanding producer, and we appreciate the confidence they have
placed in our current and expanding capabilities," said C. Gregory Harper,
senior vice president and group president of CenterPoint Energy's Midstream
business. "Our excellent track record of developing gathering systems on time
and on budget continues to provide us with opportunities, and positions us to
execute our strategy of expanding into liquids-rich basins."

"This agreement presents significant growth opportunities," added Scott
Prochazka, executive vice president and chief operating officer of CenterPoint
Energy. "It leverages our core competencies while allowing us to diversify our
product gathering capabilities and geographic footprint."

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 8,700 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

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, 2012, and
other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

For more information contact
Alicia Dixon
Carla Kneipp
Phone 713.207.6500

SOURCE CenterPoint Energy, Inc.

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