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Form of Letter Being Sent to El Paso Employees.

April 9, 2003

To All El Paso [BU] Employees:

Over the years, we have periodically reviewed our organization and cost
structures to ensure that we are well positioned to compete in each
business segment of our company. Previously, for example, we have conducted
separate reviews at the time of the Tenneco, Sonat and Coastal mergers,
each of which represented a fundamental shift in our business. Today, while
we are not in the process of combining major companies, we are experiencing
another type of fundamental shift in our business nevertheless. In
particular, with the company's announced plan to exit the trading business,
our sale last year of assets valued at nearly $4 billion and our commitment
this year to sell an additional $3.4 billion of assets, we need to review
our organization and cost structures again in order for us to compete
effectively in this new environment.

To that end, a preliminary review of our corporate costs reveals a
disturbing trend. As the company grew through mergers and the emergence of
new businesses, our Sales, General, and Administrative (SG&A) costs
throughout the company also grew. However, as the revenues and earnings of
the company have decreased and will continue to decrease with the sale of
assets set forth in our announced divestiture program, SG&A costs have not
decreased proportionally. The economics behind this trend are not
sustainable. We have to bring our costs in line with what we are going to
be--not what we were.

We plan to aggressively attack this matter with the same resolve as we have
in the past. Accordingly, we are launching a company-wide initiative to
develop--from the ground up--a cost structure that will be appropriate for
the future size of the company and the activities we will engage in.
Because we are looking at all SG&A costs from a fresh perspective, we are
calling this effort the Clean Slate Initiative. The goal of this initiative
is to achieve substantial recurring cost reductions (i.e., cost reductions
that are more than "one-time" savings). Most of these savings will come
from our SG&A costs; however, some operational and maintenance (O&M) costs
will also be included. Both business unit and corporate SG&A will be

During the first four weeks of the Clean Slate Initiative, we will be
gathering data and identifying cost-saving opportunities. We have brought
in external resources to assist with benchmarks and to provide best
practices examples. They will also help us accelerate the process and bring
an objective, third party perspective to the effort.

At the end of the project, we will have a realistic, objective
understanding of what costs are right for the services we need and how
these services will be provided. All decisions will be based on data, not
opinions. We plan to complete the Clean Slate Initiative during a
three-month timeframe, and will begin implementation thereafter.


We need your support for this project, and possibly also your time.
Additionally, it is very important that we hear your ideas, so please send
them to [NAME] or [NAME], who will be heading the [BUSINESS UNIT] analysis.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.



     This release includes forward-looking statements and projections, made
in reliance on the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities
Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The company has made every reasonable effort
to ensure that the information and assumptions on which these statements
and projections are based are current, reasonable, and complete. However, a
variety of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the
projections, anticipated results or other expectations expressed in this
release, including, without limitation, the inability to consummate the
private placement of the notes, the successful completion of the plan to
exit the energy trading business; the positive acceptance of the exit plan
by the credit rating agencies; the accounting and financial consequences of
the plan to exit the energy trading business; changes in commodity prices
for oil, natural gas, and power; general economic and weather conditions in
geographic regions or markets served by El Paso Corporation and its
affiliates, or where operations of the company and its affiliates are
located; the uncertainties associated with governmental regulation;
regulatory proceedings, appeals from regulatory proceedings and any related
litigation, including those related to the pending FERC proceeding;
political and currency risks associated with international operations of
the company and its affiliates; inability to realize anticipated synergies
and cost savings associated with divestitures or restructurings on a timely
basis; difficulty in integration of the operations of previously acquired
companies; competition; the successful implementation of the 2003
operational and financial plan; and other factors described in the
company's (and its affiliates') Securities and Exchange Commission filings.
While the company makes these statements and projections in good faith,
neither the company nor its management can guarantee that anticipated
future results will be achieved. Reference must be made to those filings
for additional important factors that may affect actual results.


On April 9, 2003, El Paso Corporation filed a preliminary proxy statement
relating to its 2003 annual meeting with the Securities and Exchange
Commission. Prior to the annual meeting, El Paso will furnish a definitive
proxy statement to its shareholders, together with a WHITE proxy card.
Shareholders are strongly advised to read El Paso's proxy statement as it
contains important information.

Shareholders may obtain a copy of El Paso's preliminary proxy statement,
any amendments or supplements to the proxy statement and any other
documents filed by El Paso with the Securities and Exchange Commission for
free at the Internet website maintained by the Securities and Exchange
Commission at www.sec.gov. Copies of the preliminary proxy statement and
any amendments and supplements are available for free at El Paso's Internet
Web site at www.elpaso.com or by writing to El Paso Corporation, Investor
Relations, P.O. Box 2511, Houston, TX 77252. In addition, copies of El
Paso's proxy materials may be requested by contacting El Paso's proxy
solicitor, MacKenzie Partners, Inc. at (800) 322-2885 Toll-Free or by email
at proxy@mackenziepartners.com.

To the extent that individual customers, independent industry researchers,
financial analysts, or El Paso commissioned research, are quoted in this
document, it is El Paso's policy to use reasonable efforts to verify the
source and accuracy of the quote. El Paso has not, however, sought or
obtained the consent of the quoted source to the use of such quote as proxy
soliciting material. This document may contain expressions of opinion and
belief. Except as otherwise expressly attributed to another individual or
entity, these opinions and beliefs are the opinions and beliefs of El Paso.

Information regarding the names, affiliation and interests of individuals
who may be deemed participants in the solicitation of proxies of El Paso's
shareholders is contained in El Paso's preliminary proxy statement.