Centerpoint Energy - Mississippi River

Third Revised Volume No. 1

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Effective Date: 12/01/2002, Docket: RP03- 51-000, Status: Effective

First Revised Sheet No. 41 First Revised Sheet No. 41 : Effective

Superseding: Original Sheet No. 41





4. WITHDRAWALS (Continued)


4.4 Rate Schedule FSS Customers will be permitted to withdraw gas in

accordance with the November 15-30 withdrawal schedule as set forth in Section

4.1 prior to November 15 to meet market demand created by abnormal weather

conditions. These withdrawals will not be treated as authorized overrun



4.5 In order to protect end of season deliverability, MRT reserves the

right, when necessary, to require that a total minimum withdrawal rate of

40,000 Dth per day be maintained during March. Under such circumstances, MRT

may issue the appropriate Operational Flow Orders pursuant to Section 9 of the

General Terms and Conditions.


4.6 Rate Schedule FSS Customers in the aggregate shall be entitled to

retain 3,060,000 Dth of inventory (assuming such inventory has a heat content

of 1,020 Btu per cubic foot) in storage at the end of the withdrawal cycle

without penalty. Each individual Customer's retention quantity shall be based

on the ratio of that Customer's Rate Schedule FSS storage capacity to the

total storage capacity leased by Rate Schedule FSS Customers. MRT will notify

each Customer of its retention quantity prior to the withdrawal season. In

the event that the total working gas inventory left in storage at the end of

the withdrawal cycle exceeds 3,060,000 Dth, any volumes exceeding a Customer's

retention quantity shall be forfeited to MRT free and clear of any adverse

claims unless MRT, in consultation with the Customer, agrees otherwise.


4.7 In order to minimize the risk that Rate Schedule FSS Customers

will forfeit gas pursuant to Section 4.6 of this rate schedule, MRT will take

the following steps:


(a) Each month during the withdrawal season, MRT shall provide

each Rate Schedule FSS Customer with a calculation of its inventory

remaining in storage and its individual retention quantity for the

withdrawal season.