Meet. Share. Learn.

Combining the power of networking with the information presented during the GPA Midstream Convention is invaluable. The schedule covers a number of topics within the areas of international affairs, legislative and regulatory issues, safety, market information, operations and maintenance, technical sessions and research. GPA Midstream committee meetings and forums held during the convention are open to all attendees, providing endless opportunities to meet, share and learn. Join us.

2018 GPA Midstream Convention Schedule

The 2018 schedule will be posted closer to the event. To get an idea as to the sessions offered, feel free to browse our 2017 schedule posted below.


SUNDAY, April 9, 2017

8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. GPA Midstream Sporting Clays (additional purchase required)

Novice and seasoned shooters are invited to join us for a day of friendly competition at the National Shooting Complex. Any convention registrant may sign up to participate individually or on a team of 4 (individuals will be placed on a team). This event is limited to the first 150 shooters. The entry fee for individual shooters is $200; the fee to enter a team of four is $800. The shooter/team entry fee includes sporting clays course fees, plus a light breakfast and lunch. Prizes will be awarded at the end of the event, and all participants will be eligible for door prize drawings.
8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. GPA Midstream Golf Tournament (additional purchase required)

The Keith Foster designed Quarry Golf Club is recognized throughout the country for its unique setting and character and offers a challenge to any level player. Any convention registrant may sign up to play. Players may designate their own foursome upon registration; otherwise, GPA Midstream will assign players to groups. The $150 entry fee includes transportation, breakfast, lunch, driving range and green fees. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams, and all participants will be eligible for special contests and door prizes.
12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Registration
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. International Reception (additional purchase required)
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. GPA Midstream Young Professionals Reception (additional purchase required) Sponsored by Superior Pipeline
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. GPSA Early Bird Reception with Vendor Night (open to all)

This reception is our kick-off event open to all registrants (no additional charge to attend). We typically have close to 1,000 attendees join us for the reception, making it a great venue to mix and mingle.
7:30 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. Company-Sponsored Hospitalities


MONDAY, April 10, 2017

7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Registration
7:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Coffee Break Provided by AECOM
7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Regulatory Committee Meeting
Chair: Cristopher Castillo, Tesoro Companies Inc.
Vice Chair: Dave Rader, ONEOK
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. GPA Midstream Overview & Orientation Breakfast (additional purchase required) Sponsored by ONEOK & Superior Pipeline
Co-Chairs: Terry Spencer, ONEOK, and Bill Ward, Superior Pipeline

This breakfast provides a learning opportunity for those new to the industry or those interested in learning about and/or becoming active in GPA Midstream or GPSA. Topics include GPA Midstream leadership activities, technical issues, legislative/regulatory issues, young professionals’ activities and GPSA activities.


GPA Midstream Overview: Bill Ward, Superior Pipeline, Executive Committee

GPSA Activities: Steve Tzap, ZAP Engineering, GPSA President

Technical Activities: Francis Foret, Targa Resources, Technical Committee Chair

Advocacy Activities: Robert Mitchell, Carrera Gas Co., Advocacy Steering Committee Chair

Young Professionals Activities: Cary Keen, Targa Resources, Young Professionals Committee Chair
7:30 a.m.  – 9:30 a.m. International Breakfast (additional purchase required)
Presiding: Colin Woodward, Woodward International Ltd.
This breakfast provides an opportunity for delegates with interests outside of the United States to meet over a hot meal and then listen to an authoritative speaker discuss a topic of wide international interest. The 2017 guest speaker is Ajey Chandra, Muse, Stancil & Co., and his topic is “The Effects of U.S. Shale Gas on International Markets.” The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session and networking.
7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. GPA Midstream Chapter Officers Roundtable
Chairs: Bill Ward, Superior Pipeline; Chris Lindenberg, Western Filter Co.
7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.   Safety Committee Meeting
Chair: Jim Hanson, Encana
Vice Chair: Mark Prewitt, DCP Midstream
7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.   Technical Section A – Facilities Design Meeting
Chair: Chip Burkett, Pine River Energy Services
Vice Chair: Mahdi Nouri, CH2M
Young Professionals Liaison: Christopher Peters, Tesoro Logistics
7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Technical Section C – Product Specifications Meeting
Chair: Phil Applegate, Targa Resources
Vice Chair: Greg Clark, Enterprise Products
7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.   Technical Section H – Measurement and Quantity Determination
Chair: Eric Estrada, Targa Resources
Vice Chair: Ron Carnahan, MarkWest Energy
7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Spouse/Guest Hospitality Hosted by GPA Midstream
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. GPSA Membership Meeting
Presiding: GPSA President Steve Tzap, ZAP Engineering
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Legislative Committee Meeting
Chair: Bret Fox, DCP Midstream
Vice Chair: David Callahan, MarkWest
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. GPSA Board Meeting
Presiding: GPSA President Steve Tzap, ZAP Engineering
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. General Session

GPA Midstream Chairman Wouter van Kempen, DCP Midstream, will present service awards and safety awards.

Keynote Presentation Sponsored by GPSA: Bill McDermott

Growing up in working-class Long Island, a 16-year-old McDemott traded three hourly wage jobs to buy a small deli, which he ran by instinctively applying ideas that would be the seeds for his successes that followed. In 2002, he became the unlikely president of SAP’s flailing American business unit. He was named co-CEO in 2010. In 2014, he became SAP’s sole, and first non-European, CEO. Today SAP is the global leader in business applications and analytics software with 335,000 customers in 190 countries.

His journey from enterprising teenager to SAP CEO is chronicled in the best-selling book Winners Dream. Most recently, he’s dealt with personal adversity from losing an eye, and nearly his life, in a freak accident on household stairs at night. His lesson from it: “How can I get this lucky!” Another book is in the works as a result.

McDermott speaks worldwide on a variety of topics, including re-engineering a corporation, the future of technology, global business outlook and change management. We consider his keynote address to be among the many “don’t miss it” presentations on the 2017 GPA Midstream Convention agenda.
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Technical Section M – Operations and Maintenance Forum
Chair: Steve Pudlewski, Enterprise Products Operating
Vice Chair: Shawn Brennan, Enterprise Products Operating
Young Professionals Liaison: Chris Cabusao, Tesoro Logistics Rockies

1:00 p.m. Uncovering Valuable Optimization Opportunities in Gas Processing Facilities
Jim McTasney, Rockwell Automation

1:45 p.m. Lifecycle Analysis of Brazed Aluminum Plate Fin Heat Exchangers (BAHX)
Bruce Harle, Chart Lifecycle Inc.

2:30 p.m. Dynamic Simulation Tool for NGL Recovery Units
Danielle Goldbeck and Thomas Martin, Linde Engineering North America; Martin Pottmann, Linde AG

Note: A meeting associated with Section M is listed at 3:30 p.m. Monday.
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Environmental Issues Forum
Session Chairs: Melanie Roberts, Targa Resources; Jeff Stovall, Crestwood Midstream Partners

1:00 p.m. Environmental Excellence Award Presentations

1:45 p.m. Environmental Committee Update - Topics include GHG Subpart W, NSPS OOOOa and Methane ICR

3:00 p.m. Natural Resources Subcommittee Update - Topics include nationwide permitting, ESA issues and WOTUS

3:45 p.m. Various issue discussions
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Pipeline Safety Forum
Session Chairs: Jerry Gump, Audubon Field Solutions; Jimmie Hammontree, Williams

1:15 p.m. Geomorphic Methods of Geohazard Assessment
Jen Holmstadt, WSB and Associates

2:00 p.m. Inherently Safer Piping – Best Practices
Steve Streblow, ACS Engineering

3:00 p.m. 20 Years Of Personal Process Safety Lessons
Steve Streblow, ACS Engineering

3:45 p.m. Using Police Investigation’s Process for Industrial Accident Scenes
Keith Farrell, K & K Consulting

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Technical Section A – Midstream Facilities Design Forum
Session Chairs: Jorge Foglietta, J.H. Foglietta Consulting LLC; Ralph Neumann, Neumann Consulting

1:15 p.m. Flexible NGL Recovery Process for Shale Gas Production
John Mak and Sabrina Devone, Fluor; Chuck Laughter, Joule Processing

2:00 p.m. Gas/Liquid Scrubber Performance Tests at Field‐Like Conditions
Steve Green, Flavia Viana and Chris Buckingham, Southwest Research Institute

3:00 p.m. Strategies to Maximize Ethane Recovery with High-CO2 Feeds
Barry Keys, Enbridge; Kyle Ross, Bryan Research & Engineering

3:45 p.m. Hydrate Formation in Chevron Mabee Unit for NGL Recovery and CO2 Purification for EOR
Jenn Welsh, Chevron North America Exploration and Production Co.; Steve Cheaney, Dickson Process Systems; Justin Slagle, Bryan Research & Engineering; Glenn Shiveler, Sulzer Chemtech
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Technical Section F – Technical Data Development Meeting & Forum
Chair: Karl Gerdes, Consultant
Subgroup 1 Chair: Dan McCartney, McCartney Gas Advisors
Subgroup 2 Chair: Chris Root, DCP Midstream

1:00 p.m. Business Meeting and Solicitation of New Research Ideas

2:00 p.m. Glycols Partitioning at High Pressures in Gas Processing Systems
Rod Burgass, Alastair Reid, Antonin Chapoy and Bahman Tohidi, Heriot‐Watt University

3:00 p.m. Rapid Simulation of Solid Deposition in Cryogenic Heat Exchangers
Eric May, Corey Baker and Zachary Aman, The University of Western Australia

3:45 p.m. The Effect of Gas Gravity on the Water Content of Natural Gas: A Simple Correlation
Connor Deering, Sarah Carefoot, Francis Bernard, Binod Giri, Raymond French and Robert Marriott, Alberta Sulphur Research

4:15 p.m. Measurement and Modeling of Mercaptans Solubility in Aqueous Alkanolamine Solutions
Elise El Ahmar, Tianyuan Wang and Christophe Coquelet, Mines Paristech – PSL Research University Centre Thermodynamics of Processes; Stanley Huang, Chevron Energy Technology
1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Technical Section B – Analysis and Test Methods Meeting
Chair: Joe Landes, SPL
Vice Chair: Bob King, DCP Midstream
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Technical Section M – Operations and Maintenance Meeting
Chair: Steve Pudlewski, Enterprise Products Operating
Vice Chair: Shawn Brennan, Enterprise Products Operating
Young Professionals: Chris Cabusao, Tesoro Logistics

Note: A forum associated with Section M is listed at 1:00 p.m. Monday.
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.    International Committee Meeting
Co–Chairs: Justin Hearn, BASF; Chuck Mart, ExxonMobil
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Professional Women’s Networking Reception (additional purchase required)
Ladies working in the midstream sector are welcome to attend this reception to build networking, leadership and mentoring opportunities with other professional women in the industry.
6:30 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. Company-Sponsored Hospitalities


TUESDAY, April 11, 2017

7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Registration
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. “Good Morning GPA Midstream” Breakfast Provided by FESCO Ltd. (open to all)
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Midstream Industry Prayer Breakfast (additional purchase required) Sponsored by Cummins, Enable Midstream Partners and KP Engineering
Presiding: Wayne Ziegler, SemGas

Motivational comedian and magician Billy Riggs is more than a mere speaker, entertainer, magician, motivator or comedian. His blend of oratory motivations, content, practical takeaways, comedy and magic is perhaps unrivaled in the speaking profession. No one else does as many things well.
7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.   Spouse/Guest Hospitality Hosted by GPA Midstream
8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Coffee Service Provided by Bowden Construction Co.
9:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Advocacy Steering Committee Meeting
Chair: Robert Mitchell, Carrera Gas Co.
Vice Chair: Jessica Keiser, Targa Resources
9:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Technical Committee Meeting
Chair: Francis Foret, Targa Resources
Vice Chair: James Meier, Pioneer Natural Resources USA
9:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Gas and Product Treating Forum
Session Chairs: Chris Coxon, Azure Midstream; Tim Cullinane, ExxonMobil Upstream Research
Young Professionals Liaison: Ben Gurtler, Koch-Glitsch

9:15 a.m. Challenge of Mercury Removal for Natural Gas Processing
Clotilde Jubin and Olivier Ducreux, Axens

9:45 a.m. Surfactant Contaminants in Feed Gas Streams to Amine Units: The Hidden Foaming Agent
David Engel, Heath Burns and Scott Williams, Nexo Solutions

10:15 a.m. Improved Econamine of Ultra-Sour Gas Treatment
Bryant Lynch, Dave Schulte, Steven van Wagensveld and Curt Graham, Fluor Corp.

11:00 a.m. Resurrecting a Gas Plant
Wyatt Doop, Anadarko Petroleum Corp.

11:30 a.m. Practical Experience in the Operation of Triethylene Glycol Dehydration Facility
Mahdi Nouri and Eberhard Lucke, CH2M Oil, Gas and Chemicals

9:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. NGL Business Forum
Session Chairs: Phil Nickel, Cimarex; Joel Whitney, Superior Pipeline
Young Professionals Liaison: Ryan Latchem, Kinder Morgan

9:15 a.m. Implications on Ethane Balances from NGL Supply and Infrastructure Shifts
Peter Fasullo, EnVantage

9:45 a.m. Perspective on the Globalization of NGL Feedstocks
Dan Lippe, Petral Consulting Company

10:45 a.m. The Outlook for Crude Oil and Its Effects on U.S. NGLs
Ron Gist, RBN Energy

11:15 a.m. Natural Gas Outlook and Midstream Impact
Kendall Puig, East Daley Capital
11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. GPA Midstream Membership Meeting and Chairman's Luncheon
Admission by invitation only
Presiding: GPA Midstream Chairman Wouter van Kempen, DCP Midstream
1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Ice Cream Social Provided by Gas Technology Corp. (open to all)
1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Natural Resources Subcommittee (Environmental) Meeting
Chair: Jimmie Hammontree, Williams
Vice Chair: Rudy Salazar, Targa Resources
1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Advances in Midstream Operations Forum
Session Chairs: Paul Glaves, Wood Group Mustang; Ross Goff, ConocoPhillips; Stan Golemon, Lucid Energy

1:45 p.m. High Mach Number Turbo-Expander Compressor Redesign in a 200MM Standard Cryogenic Plant for Increased Throughput and Reduced Residue Compression Power
Wiley Blair, Blair Engineering; Eric Brink and Vern Van Leuven, The Williams Co.

2:15 p.m. Modular NGL Plant Providing High Recoveries in the CNOW Play: Optimized Solution Leading to Successful Operation at a Gas Processing Facility
Rodolfo Marin, Ankur Jariwala and Pinkesh Sanghani, Schlumberger<

2:45 p.m. Rising to the Optimization Challenge in Condensate Stabilization Units
Mahdi Nouri and Eberhard Lucke, CH2M Oil, Gas and Chemicals

1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Safety and Reliability Forum
Session Chairs: Bruce Darter, Kinder Morgan; Stephen Henderson, Enable Midstream Partners

1:45 p.m. Process Safety System Methodology Applied to the Midstream Industry
Bryce Elliott, Barry D. Payne & Associates; David Hyden, Energy Transfer

2:15 p.m. Addressing Pipeline Safety Using New Practices and Techniques
Tyler Wilson and Uday Turaga, ADI Analytics

2:45 p.m. The Top Ten Items Overlooked in Pressure Relief System Design
Sjoerd Hoogwater, Jeff Matthews and Alex Israel, AECOM; Josh Kolenc, Farris Engineering Services

1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. LNG Forum
Session Chairs: Shawn Hoffart, Black & Veatch; Chuck Mart, ExxonMobil

1:45 p.m. Improving LNG Liquefaction with Modeling of Cryogenic Heat Exchangers as Part of the Full Process
Hafez Bahrami and Jennifer Dyment, Aspen Technology

2:15 p.m. LNG Freeze Component Removal Technology Application Map
Kéli Davis and Thomas Gaskin, CB&I

2:45 p.m. Ten Trends Driving Efficiency, Reliability and Risk Reduction at Gas Processing and LNG Facilities
Chuck Miller, Emerson

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Technical Section P – Pipeline Design, Operations & Maintenance Meeting
Chair: Jerry Gump, Audubon Field Solutions
Vice Chair: Jimmy Oxford, Targa Resources
Young Professionals Liaison: Eric Winscher, Mustang Gas Products
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Advances in Midstream Technology Forum
Session Chairs: Andy Giffhorn, Phillips 66; John Poarch, Williams Midstream

3:30 p.m. NGL Fractionation – Evaluation of Alternate Configurations
Scott Schroeder, Advisian

4:00 p.m. Sorbent‐Based Desulfurization Process for Removing Hydrogen Sulfide and Organic Sulfur Compounds
Gokhan Alptekin, SulfaTrap

4:30 p.m. 5th Generation NGL/LPG Recovery Technologies for Retrofits
Michael Pierce, Kyle Cuellar, Joe Lynch, Hank Hudson, John Peyton and Scott Miller, Ortloff Engineers
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sensible Solutions to Regulatory Obstacles Forum
Session Chairs: Ben Asnicar, Burns & McDonnell; Brian DeLuca, Enable Midstream Partners; Wayne Ziegler, SemGas

3:30 p.m. Saltwater Treatment System (STS) – A New Method for the Disposal of Oil and Gas Well Producer Water and Shale Formation Frack Water
Kenny Wheat and Joe Moore, QPSE

4:15 p.m. Final RMP Rule and the Impacts on Midstream
Sara Feucht, Targa Resources
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Project Economics Forum
Session Chairs: Ajey Chandra, Muse, Stancil & Co.; Michael Gebhardt, Tesoro Logistics

3:30 p.m. A Data Driven Approach to Executing Successful Capital Projects
  Pete Luan, Pete Luan & Associates

4:00 p.m. Lower Capital Project Cost by Understanding the Company Culture Effect
Dr. Mark Robben, Mark A. Robben

4:30 p.m. An Overview of NGLs in the U.S.
Brandon Johnson and Uday Turaga, ADI Analytics
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. GPSA Party (open to all - voucher must be exchanged for a ticket to enter)

The World Classic Rockers (WCR) has earned its reputation as the World’s Greatest Rock and Roll All-Star Band, and by popular demand, the group will make a return to the GPA Midstream Convention in 2017. Featuring former members of rock super-groups Journey, Steppenwolf, Boston, Santana and Lynyrd Skynyrd, the group combines the talents of some of the most prominent musicians to ever grace the stage. WCR has toured the world, bringing audiences to their feet with electrifying performances of legendary hits “Born To Be Wild,” “Separate Ways,” “More Than a Feeling,” “Black Magic Woman,” “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Magic Carpet Ride,” “Anyway You Want It,” “Free Bird” and many more!


WEDNESDAY, April 12, 2017

7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Coffee Service Provided by Spartan Energy Partners
7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. GPA Midstream Board of Directors Meeting
Presiding: GPA Midstream Chairman Wouter van Kempen, DCP Midstream
8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Sour Gas & Sulfur Symposium
Session Chair: B. Gene Goar, Goar Sulfur Services & Assistance

8:30 a.m. Gas Treating
Mike Sheilan, Amine Experts

9:00 a.m. Claus Sulfur Recovery Units
B. Gene Goar, Goar Sulfur Services & Assistance

9:45 a.m. Claus Tail Gas Cleanup Units (TGCU’s)
Nate Hatcher, Optimized Gas Treating

10:15 a.m. Sulfur Handling (Degassing, Forming, & Storage)
Elmo Nasato, Nasato Consulting

11:00 a.m. SRU/TGCU Environmental Air Permits, Regulations, & Guidelines in Texas
David Crowther, Crowther & Associates
8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Environmental Technical Forum
Session Chairs: Melanie Roberts, Targa Resources; Jeff Stovall, Crestwood Midstream Partners

8:30 a.m. Application of Ultra‐Low NOx Emissions Technology Utilizing Internal Flue Gas Recirculation in a Loosely Wound Helical Coil Fired Heater
Doyle Bishop, Tulsa Heaters Midstream; Demetris Venizelos, Exterran

9:00 a.m. New Direct Flame Monitoring Technology to Help Operators Comply with Increasingly Stringent Flaring Regulations
Matt Miskelly, Zeeco

9:45 a.m. Current Technologies and Research Options of Catalytic Emissions Control Systems
Ted Heron, Environex

10:15 a.m. Remote Methane Fugitive Emissions Monitoring with Tunable Diode Laser Absorption Spectroscopy (TDLAS) on Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS), Fixed Surveillance Systems and Portable Handheld Devices
Sean Epps, Heath Consultants
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. Workshop: Getting Full Use Out of the GPSA Engineering Data Book: An Introduction to the Week-Long Training Class
Presented by AECOM and CH2M
AECOM Presenters: John Jechura, Jeff Matthews, P.E., and Sjoerd Hoogwater
CH2M Presenter: Tim Rollenhagen, P.E.

This four-hour workshop was developed to showcase the importance and utility of the GPSA Engineering Data Book. This session will present a sampling of the content directly from GPA Midstream’s week-long class to introduce the scope of the full training course for this well-known resource. Beyond being introduced to the content of the GPSA Engineering Data Book, attendees will benefit from several full length modules from the training course, as the presenters dive into specific and realistic problems that might be encountered every day on the job, when designing or troubleshooting facilities and/or equipment.
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Worldwide Developments Forum
Session Chairs: Greg Bury, Universal Pegasus International, Canada; Adrian Finn, Costain, United Kingdom; Sandy Dunlop, GPA Europe, United Kingdom

8:30 a.m. Challenges and Opportunities in the Canadian Marketplace for the Natural Gas Industry
Greg Bury, UniversalPegasus International

9:00 a.m. Woodfibre LNG Project Development – British Columbia, Canada
Graham Lawton, Woodfibre LNG

9:45 a.m. Design Challenges for a Zero Flaring Concept
Stéphanie Druesne, TechnipFMC

10:15 a.m. Model-Based Optimization of the Operation of Integrated Natural Gas Production & Processing Networks
Daniel Aluma, Basrah Gas Co. (Shell); Costas Pantelides, PSE

11:00 a.m. Innovation and Challenges in LPG Train-4 Commissioning
Karthik Rajagopalan and K.S. Sabapathi, KNPC

11:30 a.m. Experience with Optimizing Steam to Gas Ratio in Steam Methane Reforming Hydrogen Unit Mina Abdulla Refinery
Ahmad Ibrahim Ahmad Al-Baghli, KNPC