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

Take a look at our 2018 schedule to get an idea as to the topics that our convention covers, along with a number of committee meetings and networking opportunities that are open to all registered attendees. The 2019 schedule will be posted before registration opens on Jan. 8.

SUNDAY, April 15, 2018

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 Hog Heaven Sporting Club in Dripping Springs, Texas. 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.
12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Registration Sponsored by Ariel Corporation
12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. GPSA Data Book Editorial Review Board Committee Meeting
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. International Reception (additional purchase required)
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.
8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. Company-Sponsored Hospitalities (suites - open to all)


MONDAY, April 16, 2018

7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Registration Sponsored by Ariel Corporation
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. "Good Morning GPA Midstream" Breakfast Provided by GPSA (open to all)
7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Coffee Break Provided by Eastman
7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Spouse/Guest Hospitality Hosted by GPA Midstream
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Regulatory Committee Meeting
Chair: Dave Rader, ONEOK
Vice Chair: Martin Marz, Tesoro Logistics Rockies

Note: Legislative Committee meeting to immediately follow this meeting
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. GPSA Membership Meeting
Presiding: GPSA President Richard Barber, Caterpillar
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Technical Workgroup Meeting 1
8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Technical Track - Process & Research
Co-Chairs: Karl Gerdes, Consultant; Dan McCartney, McCartney Gas Advisors; Chris Root, DCP Midstream

8:00 a.m. Presentation of Donald L. Katz Award to Dr. James C. Holste

8:15 a.m. Review of Current and Proposed GPA Midstream Research Projects and Introduction of Research Committee Members

8:30 a.m. Optimal Procedure for Estimating Higher Molecular Weight Hydrocarbon Compositions by Combining Natural Gas Chromatograph (GC) and Hydrocarbon Dew Point (HCDP) Measurement to Enable Matching Calculated HCDP with Experimental HCDP
Joe Landes, SPL; Kenneth Starling and Stephen Starling, Starling Associates; Keith Leong, TransCanada; Levi Reid, Alliance Pipeline; Sohrab Zarrabian, ZEGAZ Instruments

9:00 a.m. Comparison of GPA Midstream Data to Simulation Software Predictions: GPA Midstream Project 111
Darryl Mamrosh, Kevin Fisher, Anne Ryan and Austyn Vance, Trimeric Corporation

9:30 a.m. Effect of Small Sampling and Measurement Errors on Emissions and Gas Production Predictions
Kyle Ross, Bryan Research & Engineering

10:00 a.m. ThermoFAST: A New Tool for Predicting Solids Formation Risk in Cryogenic Gas Processing
Eric May, Corey Baker, Arman Siahvashi, Jordan Oakley, Thomas Hughes, and Darren Rowland, Fluid Science & Resources Division, School of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering, The University of Western Australia; Stanley Huang, Chevron Energy Technology Company
8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Business/Commercial Track – Upstream Infrastructure
Co-Chairs: Doug Coleman, Prism Midstream; Aaron Doughty, Phillips 66

8:15 a.m. Permian Production and Takeaway Growth
Greg Chitty, Jefferies

9:00 a.m. Mid-Continent: The Gift That Keeps on Giving
Mark Sooby, Deutsche Bank Securities Inc.

9:45 Appalachian NGL Production and Midstream Development
Amol Wayangankar, Enkon Energy Advisors
8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. GPA Midstream Chapter Officers Roundtable
Chairs: Bill Ward, Superior Pipeline; Chris Lindenberg, Western Filter Co.
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.   Legislative Committee Meeting
Chair: David Callahan, MarkWest
Vice Chair: Elizabeth Hawkins, Targa Resources
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. GPSA Board Meeting
Presiding: GPSA President Richard Barber, Caterpillar
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Technical Workgroup Meeting 2
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Doors open at 10:30 a.m.
Center Stage Luncheon Hosted by GPSA

All convention attendees are invited to attend this high-energy experience in which a nice plated lunch will be served to seated guests, as GPA Midstream and GPSA recognize deserving association volunteers and companies being honored for outstanding safety performances. Even with award presentations, attendees will have ample opportunity to visit with other table guests. Seating is limited to 1,200 people, and the doors will open at 10:30 a.m., so grab a seat early, sit back, relax, network and enjoy the experience.
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Technical Track – Design and O&M, Part 1
Co-Chairs: Jorge Foglietta, J.H. Foglietta Consulting; Ralph Neumann, Neumann Consulting

1:15 p.m. Integrated NRU and NGL Plant
Kathy Bigger, Linde Engineering North America

1:45 p.m. How to Evaluate an Existing NGL Recovery Plant Before Finalizing a Process Retrofit Design
Daryl Jensen, Adebola Oyedeji and Stephen Peterson, Ortloff Engineers

2:15 p.m. Reboilers with Plate-Fin Brazed Aluminum Heat Exchangers: Best Practices and Considerations for Design and Operation
Steven Vallee, Doug Decker and Adam McNeilly, Chart Energy & Chemicals
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Advocacy Track – Pipeline Safety
Co-Chairs: Jimmie Hammontree, Williams; Jerry Gump, Audubon Companies

1:00 p.m. Permanent Marking Best Practices
Chris Thome, Rhino Marking and Protection Systems

1:30 p.m. Update On FERC Regulation of Oil and NGL Pipelines
George Fatula, Bracewell

2:00 p.m. API 1165 Working Group Update
Russel Treat, EnerSys

2:30 p.m. Emergency Response and Remote Methane Leak
Sean Epps, Heath Consultants
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Business/Commercial Track – Market Fundamentals & Commercial Trends
Co-Chairs: John Poarch, Williams; Chad Love, Phillips 66

1:00 p.m. Crude and Natural Gas Fundamentals
Irme Kugler, I.H.S.

2:00 p.m. Refinery and Petchem Fundamentals
Horace Hobbs, Phillips 66
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.    Chromatography Instructors Workgroup Meeting
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. International Committee Meeting
Chair: Greg Bury, Keywest Projects
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Refreshment Break Sponsorsed by GPSA
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Technical Workgroup Meeting 3
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Technical Track – Treating
Co-Chairs: Tim Cullinane, ExxonMobil; Ben Gurtler, Koch-Glitsch

3:00 p.m. New Mercaptans Removal Technologies for Treating Hydrocarbon Streams
David Engel, Scott Williams, Heath Buns and Ryan Crowe, Nexo Solutions

3:45 p.m. Novel Adsorption-based Separation Technology for Gas Treating Applications
Chien-Chiang Chen, David Maher, Ananda Krishna Nagavarapu, Patrick McMahon, Tracy Fowler, William Barnes, and Steven Stewart, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company; Phillip Schoch, and Justin Federici, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering

4:15 p.m. Appropriate Antifoam Substitutes in MDEA Solution (Case Study)
Nasser A AlQahtani and Nawaf K Subaei, Saudi Aramco
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Advocacy Track – Safety & Reliability
Co-Chairs: Stephen Henderson, Enable Midstream Partners; Bruce Darter, Kinder Morgan

3:00 p.m. Solving Pressure Relief Valve and Piping Capacity Problems
Teresa Kerr, Duane Myers, Brad Piggott and Austyn Vance, Trimeric Corporation

3:45 p.m. Managing Pressure Vessels with Minimum Available Documentation
Tony Poulassichidis, Anadarko Corporation

4:15 p.m. Introducing a Passive Early Warning System for Early Detection of Brazed Aluminum Heat Exchanger End of Service Life
Adam McNeilly, Chart Energy & Chemicals
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Business/Commercial Track – Executive  Roundtable
Session Chair: Wayne Ziegler, SemGas
Facilitator: Paul Hart, Midstream Business

Executive Panel:
Wouter van Kempen, DCP Midstream

Bill Ordemann, Enterprise Products

Terry Spencer, ONEOK

Alan Armstrong, Williams
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.    Technical Workgroup Meeting 4
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.    Technical Workgroup Meeting 5
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.    GPSA Welcome Reception – NEW! (open to all)

Don’t miss this new-for-2018 networking opportunity! As soon as the forums end Monday afternoon, the full floor reception will open for the biggest networking event of the convention. If you’re used to attending public hospitalities on Monday, those have been moved to Tuesday night.
7:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. Company-Sponsored Hospitalities (suites - open to all)


TUESDAY, April 17, 2018

7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Registration Sponsored by Ariel Corporation
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. FESCO's “Good Morning GPA Midstream” Breakfast (open to all)
7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Facility Design, Operation & Maintenance Committee Meeting
Chair: Chip Burkett, Pine River Energy Services
Vice Chair: Mahdi Nouri, Jacobs
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Technical Track – Worldwide Developments
Co-Chairs: Greg Bury, Keywest Projects; Malcolm Harrison, GPA Europe

8:00 a.m. (More) Effective Contaminant Measurement in LNG Processing
Tony Wimpenny, Orbital Gas Systems

8:45 a.m. Altagas – Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal
Jamie Fisher, Altagas

9:15 a.m. NGL Infrastructure Expansion in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin – From Well Head to Market
Steve Giacomin, Pembina Pipeline Corporation
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.  Technical Workgroup Meeting 1
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.  Technical Workgroup Meeting 2
8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  Coffee Break Provided by Spartan Energy Partners
8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.   Spouse/Guest Hospitality Hosted by GPA Midstream
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Business/Commercial Track – Challenges and Opportunities of Midstream Commodity Markets
Session Chair: Joel Whitney, Cimarex

9:30 a.m. Propane’s Rebound: Is it Real?
Peter Fasullo, EnVantage

10:00 a.m. Crude Oil – Take It Away: Takeaway Constraints, Prices and the Associated Gas Problem
Ron Gist, RBN

11:00 a.m. Challenges and Future Opportunities of Moving NGLs in the NE Today
James Crews, MarkWest

11:30 a.m. U.S. LNG Export Outlook
Adam Valentine, Freeport LNG Development
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Technical Track – Emerging Technology
Session Chair: Craig Warren, Lucid Energy

10:00 a.m. Increased Safety Through the Use of Technology
Scott Komarek, Bartlett & West

10:45 a.m. UOP Russell High Recovery Retrofit
David Dickinson, UOP Russell

11:15 a.m. Analysis of Operations Leading to Temperature Cycling of Brazed Aluminum Heat Exchangers
Sjoerd Hoogwater and Shaun Anderson, AECOM; Abdu Kikhia, Williams
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Advocacy Track – Regulatory Solutions
Co-Chairs: Brian DeLuca, Enable Midstream Partners; Ben Asnicar, Burns & McDonnell

10:00 a.m. Managing Major Source Air Permitting Risks from Project Aggregation
Blake Soyars, Burns & McDonnell

11:00 a.m. Baseball Lessons for Energy Buyers
Craig Sutter, Calpine Energy Solutions
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pipeline Design, Operations & Maintenance Committee Meeting
Chair: Jerry Gump, Audubon Field Solutions
Vice Chair: Jimmy Oxford, Targa Resources
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pipeline Safety Committee Meeting
Chair: Jimmie Hammontree, Williams

Note: Natural Resources Subcommittee Meeting to immediately follow this meeting
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Technical Workgroup Meeting 3
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Technical Workgroup Meeting 4
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Technical Workgroup Meeting 5
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Technical Workgroup Meeting 6
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

International Luncheon: The Canadian Gas Industry – 2018 and Beyond
Keynote: Greg Bury

With Canada having one of the largest natural gas reserves in the world, plus the ability to process both dry and liquids rich gas, Canada is a world-class player in this natural resource. Greg will go through the challenges and opportunities facing the Canadian market from infrastructure and market related topics to our political, aboriginal and environmental challenges. He will also discuss the commitment to the reduction of CO2 emissions that Canadian producers and midstreamers must adopt to be compliant with their federal and provincial government mandate.
Prayer Luncheon: Commitment - It CAN be Learned and Practiced
Keynote: David Rader
Sponsored by Cummins, Enable Midstream Partners and KP Engineering

What does it take to reach the top of your game personally and professionally? How do you resist the urge to give up on your goals? What if there was a skill-set required for success that your parents, teachers, coaches and bosses never shared with you? Commitment is an illusive skill that can be taught! No matter your stage in life, the rules of commitment are the same. David will inspire you by sharing how to become better equipped to make lasting, meaningful commitments that will enhance your life and your success.
Luncheon: How to Convert Fossil Fuel Opponents Into Fossil Fuel Supporters
Keynote: Alex Epstein, author of The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels

You’ve heard that our addiction to fossil fuels is destroying our planet and our lives. Yet by every measure of human well-being life has been getting better and better. Alex makes the moral case for fossil fuels to neutralize attackers, to turn non-supporters into supporters, and to turn supporters into champions. His book, “The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels,” explains why humanity’s use of fossil fuels is actually a healthy, moral choice to offer an alternative environmental philosophy to America, one that is anti-pollution but pro-development.
Luncheon: Thriving in the Age of Distraction
Keynote: Curt Steinhorst
Presented by GPA Midstream Young Professionals
Sponsored by Superior Pipeline

For the first time in history, we live in a world without any barriers to connection or communication.  This has fundamentally altered the way people work, engage, communicate, and relate to one another.  The same technology that simplifies processes also compromises our focus and makes it ever more difficult to reach increasingly distracted customers.  Attention resources have never been more competed over, or more depleted.   We are asked to process four times the information that Americans dealt with in 1986, but with less space and time to actually think. Advertisements, alerts, emails, constant notifications—no wonder the average American struggles to make it three minutes without being interrupted!  In this intensely practical and informative speech, Curt Steinhorst discusses the great challenges we face in a constantly-connected world.  He pulls back the curtain to reveal: How did we get here?  How deep does this distraction issue go?  And where do we go from here?
Luncheon: Great Game of Networking
Keynote: Dr. Burt Smith

Minimize effort, make more contacts, get more leads, make more money, and have a lot more fun doing it! Based on his book by the same name, Dr. Burt shares his proven techniques on how this exciting and often underutilized form of personal branding can help professionals of any experience level increase their value in the marketplace. He has helped organizations of all size improve their bottom lines by opening a strategic dialogue with customers. Dr. Burt is experienced in making things happen! He also knows plenty about failure and the folly of chasing after things that seem important but end up being meaningless.
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Ice Cream Social Provided by Gas Technology Corp. (open to all)
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Technical Track – Design and O&M, Part 2
Co-Chairs: Chip Burkett, Pine River Energy Services; Mahdi Nouri, Jacobs

1:45 p.m. Digitization of Gathering Field Operations and Supporting Business Processes
Steve Hendon, eSimulation

2:15 p.m. Mechanical Integrity Process Elements – “What”, “When”, “Who” and “How”
Tony Poulassichidis, Anadarko Corporation

3:00 p.m. Alternative Metallurgies Reduce the Cost of Amine Gas Treating Units
X. Courtial, J. Kittel, F. Grosjean, IFP Energies; G. Perdu, Prosernat; S. Le Manchet, V. Ngomo and D. Cornut, Industeel ArcelorMittal
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Advocacy Track – Environmental Part 1
Co-Chairs: Jeff Stovall, Crestwood Midstream Partners; Adrienne Sandoval, Andeavor Logistics

1:30 p.m. Environmental Excellence Award Presentation by ONEOK

1:45 p.m. Environmental Keynote Speaker
Patrick Traylor, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance

2:15 p.m. ARPA-E's Methane Observation Networks with Innovative Technology to Obtain Reductions
Dan Zimmerle, Colorado State University

2:45 p.m. Environmental Committee Year-in-Review

3:00 p.m. Natural Resources Subcommittee Committee Year-in-Review
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Business/Commercial Track - MLP and Private Equity Overview
Co-Chairs: Andy Giffhorn, Phillips 66; Scott Southard, Martin Midstream Partners

1:30 p.m. The State of the Midstream M&A Market
Brian Conner, Jefferies

2:30 p.m. Topic to be announced
Sam Pitts, EnCap Flatrock Midstream
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Measurement & Quantity Determination Committee Meeting
Chair: Eric Estrada, Targa Resources
Vice Chair: Ron Carnahan, MarkWest Energy
1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Safety Committee Meeting
Chair: Jim Hanson, Encana
Vice Chair: Mark Prewitt, DCP Midstream

1:30 p.m. Call to Order and Introductions

2:00 p.m. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
Jeff Langloss, Texas DOT

2:30 p.m. TapRoot - Improving Incident Investigations
Mark Paradies, TapRoot

3:00 p.m. Four Steps to Effective Fatigue Management
Lori Guasta, Predictive Safety SRP

3:30 p.m. H2S Contingency Plan (Rule 36)/RRC Updates
Wesley Dresch, Texas Railroad Commission

4:00 p.m. Committee Meeting
3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Natural Resources Subcommittee (Environmental) Meeting
Chair: Rudy Salazar, Targa Resources
Vice Chair: Patrick Jacobs, EnLink Midstream

Note: immediately follows Pipeline Safety Committee Meeting
3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Technical Track – LNG
Co-Chairs: Shawn Hoffart, Black & Veatch; Chuck Mart, ExxonMobil

3:30 p.m. Using Liquefied Natural Gas for Upstream Oil and Gas Operations
Anne Ryan and Ray McKaskle, Trimeric Corporation; Bryant Dear, Noble Energy

4:15 p.m. Challenges for Options and Prospects for Natural Gas to Become a Significant Player in Fueling for the Shipping Industry
Scott Schroeder, Advisian

4:45 p.m. New Inlet Feed Gas Conditioning Technologies for Contaminant Removal in Amine Units
Scott Northrop, ExxonMobil Upstream Research; David B. Engel, Nexo Solutions
3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Advocacy Track – Environmental Part 2
Co-Chairs: Jeff Stovall, Crestwood Midstream Partners; Adrienne Sandoval, Andeavor Logistics

3:30 p.m. The Process of Developing a Rich Burn Emissions Control System (Control + Catalyst) That Maintains Emissions Compliance Between Quarterly Tests Despite Changes in Ambient Conditions
Nick Klosinski, GE Waukesha Gas Engines

4:00 p.m. Remote Pipeline Leak Detection and Monitoring with Active Laser Absorption Techniques on Small Handheld, Stationary and Drone Applications
Sean Epps, Heath Consultants

4:30 p.m. Emission Destruction Technologies for Natural Gas Processing
Scott Bayon, Anguil Environmental Systems

5:00 p.m. United States’ Regulatory Outlook for Natural Gas Industry
Uday Turaga, ADI Analytics LLC
3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Business/Commercial Track - Project Economics
Co-Chairs: Ajey Chandra, Muse, Stancil & Co.; Michael Gebhardt, Andeavor Logistics

3:30 p.m. Cryogenic Gas Plant Facilities – Lessons Learned
Josh Doramus, Rock Wall Energy Solutions

4:15 p.m. Mitigating Known Unknowns
Dinah Sylvester, SNC-Lavalin

4:45 p.m. Apache Alpine High Gas Processing for Maximum Operational and Profitable Flexibility
Jim Virginillo, Apache Corporation; Talal El Awar, Audubon Engineering
3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Analysis, Test Methods & Product Specifications Committee Meeting
Chair: Joe Landes, SPL
Vice Chair: Bob King, DCP Midstream
Vice Chair: Greg Clark, Enterprise Products
6:30 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. Company-Sponsored Hospitalities (public – open to all)


WEDNESDAY, April 18, 2018

7:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Coffee Service Provided by Tulco Oils
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. GPA Midstream Membership Meeting and Chairman's Breakfast
Admission by invitation only
Presiding: GPA Midstream Chairman Wouter van Kempen, DCP Midstream
8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Technical Workgroup Meeting 1
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Advocacy Workgroup Meeting
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Technical Workgroup Meeting 2
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. GPA Midstream Board of Directors Meeting
Presiding: GPA Midstream Chairman Wouter van Kempen, DCP Midstream
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Advocacy Advisory Group and Technical Executive Committee Lunch
Admission by invitation only
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Advocacy Advisory Group (AAG) Meeting
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Technical Executive Committee (TEC) Meeting