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.

2020 GPA Midstream Convention Schedule

SUNDAY, April 19, 2020

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

Novice and seasoned shooters are invited to join us for a day of friendly competition at the Riverside Lodge, Skeet and Sporting Clays facility in Denham Springs, Louisiana. 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 200 shooters. The entry fee for individual shooters is $210; the fee to enter a team of four is $840. 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. Note: this venue is 1.5 hours from the Hilton Riverside, so participants should make travel plans accordingly.
8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Golf Networking Event (additional purchase required)

Carter Plantation is a David Toms Signature Golf Community in Springfield, Louisiana, nestled among moss-laden live oaks, towering pines and cypress trees. 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 entry fee ($210 for individuals or $840 for foursome) includes transportation, breakfast, lunch, driving range and green fees. All participants will be eligible for door prizes. Note: this venue is 1 hour and 10 minutes from the Hilton Riverside, so while transportation is provided, participants should be aware of the travel distance while planning their convention schedules.
3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Registration
Sponsored by Ariel Corporation
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. International Reception (additional purchase required)
Open to any convention attendee with international business interests.
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. GPSA Early Bird Reception with Vendor Night
This reception is our kick-off event open to all registrants. 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. – 9:30 p.m. Company-Sponsored Hospitalities


MONDAY, April 20, 2020

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Fall Technical Program Committee Meeting
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. "Good Morning GPA Midstream" Breakfast
Sponsorship available!
7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Registration
Sponsored by Ariel Corporation
7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Coffee Break
Provided by Therminol
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Regulatory Committee Meeting
8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Chapter Officers Roundtable
8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Process & Research Forum
Session Co-Chairs: Dr. Karl Gerdes, Consultant; Dan McCartney, McCartney Gas Advisors; Chris Root, Consultant

Presentation of Donald L. Katz Award

Review of Current and Proposed GPA Midstream Research Projects and Introduction of Research Committee Members

Vapor-Liquid Equilibrium Based on the GPA Research Reports        

Shane Tierling, KBR

Elemental Mercury Partitioning in Natural Gases

Antonin Chapoy and Pezhman Ahmadi, Heriot-Watt University; Richard Szczepanski, Xiaohong Zhang and Alessandro Speranza, KBC; Junya Yamada and Atsushi Kobayashi, INPEX Corporation

Dithiazine in Natural Gas Transportation: Solubility and Potential Issues with Deposition

Su Wang and Kamal K. Botros, Nova; Melerin Madekufamba, Kevin L. Lesage, Paul M. Davis and Robert A. Marriott, Alberta Sulphur Research Ltd.; Karman Tittemore, TC Energy

Methanol vs. Ethylene Glycol - A Comparison of Hydrate Inhibitors Used in Natural Gas Processing
Jamie Gregan, Antero Resources; Zach Oremland, Bryan Research & Engineering
8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Safety & Reliability Forum
Session Co-Chairs: Stephen Henderson, Enable Midstream Partners; Bruce Darter, Kinder Morgan

Facility Siting: What You’re Not Thinking About

Jeff Marx, Quest Consultants Inc.

Public’s Individual Risk Level from a Pipeline Operation

John Kill, G2 Integrated Solutions; Larry Bak, County of Delaware (PA)

Troubleshooting Techniques and Improved Operations for BAHX: An Operator’s Perspective
Jason Bayless, Enable Midstream Partners
8:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Facility Design, Operations & Maintenance Committee Meeting
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Legislative Committee Meeting
9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Market Fundamentals Forum

Global NGL Markets – Issues & Trends
Dr. Walter Hart, IHS Markit
11:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. . Center Stage Luncheon (open to all)

It’s Time to Disrupt You!
Keynote presentation featuring Jay Samit
Forces of transformation in natural gas, natural gas liquids and crude oil seem to make the headlines with increasing frequency, whether it’s the digital revolution, big data, advanced analytics, and robotics; the ever-accelerating supply chain integration; or the growing focus on sustainability and the reduction of carbon footprints of energy and industrial operations. Sometimes it seems like the rate of disruption is getting faster each year. How will companies in oil and gas, chemicals, and the midstream sector stay ahead of the game and build a sustainable competitive advantage in a rapidly changing world?

Jay Samit is an international bestselling author who is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on disruption and innovation. An adjunct professor at USC, Samit teaches innovation at America’s largest engineering school and is author of the best-selling book Disrupt You! Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity, and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation.
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Design and O&M Forum, Part 1
Session Co-Chairs: Mahdi Nouri, Worley Group Inc.; Chip Burkett, Integral Dynamics; Ralph Neumann, Neumann Consulting

Review of Current GPA Midstream Facility Committee Projects

Asset Integrity Management Practices

Tony Poulassichidis, Consultant

Startup Troubleshooting in Amine Units for LNG Plants
David Engel, Cody Ridge and Scott Williams, Nexo Solutions

A New Operating Mode - Maximum Throughput for Advanced Gas Processing Technologies

Galip Guvelioglu, Saquib Ejaz and Fred Yamin, McDermott
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Pipeline Safety Forum
Session Co-Chairs: Jimmie Hammontree, Williams; Jimmy Oxford, Targa Resources

Cathodic Protection Basics for Non-CP Engineer and Operations Managers
Ted Huck, MATCOR Inc.

Preparing for Changes to the Gas Pipeline and Underground Storage Rules: What You Need to Know
Wallace McGaughey, G2 Integrated Solutions

Geohazard Mitigation Experiences in the Appalachian Basin

Steven Ladavat, AECOM Technical Services Inc.

Safety Management Systems Not Required by Law - Yet       
Alice Ratcliffe, TRC Companies
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. International Committee Meeting
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Executive  Roundtable
1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Measurement & Quantity Determination Committee Meeting
3:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Treating Forum
Session Co-Chairs: Tim Cullinane, ExxonMobil; Ben Gurtler, Koch-Glitsch

Iron Sulphide - Friend or Foe

Michael Sheilan and Ben Spooner, Sulphur Gas Experts Inc.

Valkyrie – A Revolutionary H2S Removal Technology

John Bourdon and Peter Photos, Streamline Innovations

BASF PuraTreat® Stabilizer and Nalco INTERCEPT™ Corrosion Control for Gas Treating Amines

Rudy Gonzalez, Nalco Water Midstream; Jesse Santos, BASF Gas Treatment; Matthew Mancuso, CNX Resources

Sulfur Treating Solutions using Caustic and Where It Fits in the Gas Processing Plant
Jessy Trucko, Jon Tertel and Maya Nair, Honeywell UOP
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Trends in Midstream Forum

Water Midstream and Its Integral Role in an Evolving L48 Midstream Sector
Evan Tikka, Wood Mackenzie
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.    GPSA Welcome Reception
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Company-Sponsored Hospitalities

TUESDAY, April 21, 2020

7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. “Good Morning GPA Midstream” Breakfast
Sponsorship available!
7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Registration
Sponsored by Ariel Corporation
8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  Coffee Break
Provided by Therminol
8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.   Spouse/Guest Hospitality
9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. GPSA Membership Meeting
9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Opportunities and Challenges of Midstream Forum

A Midstream Legislative and Regulatory Overview
Matthew Hite, GPA Midstream

A speaker on Environmental Social Governance (ESG) will be announced soon. Check back here for updates.
9:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Worldwide Developments Forum

Yamal LNG - A Project Beyond the Limit

Christian Bladanet, TechnipFMC

Getting It Over the Line - SemCAMS Wapiti Plant
Cory Roberts and Rob Nimmo, SemCAMS Midstream ULC

Other speakers to be announced; check back soon
9:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Emerging Technology Forum
Session Chair: Stan Golemon, Cogent Energy

The Use of CFD to Detect Slug Catcher Malperformance, with Case Study

Edmund Duban, Holloman Corporation

First Application of SRX NGL Recovery Technology
Scott A. Miller, Honeywell UOP

Geohazard Analysis & Mitigation

Marcus Cope, AECOM
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. GPSA Board of Directors Meeting
10:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Pipeline Design, Operations & Maintenance Committee Meeting
10:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Pipeline Safety Committee Meeting
12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Attendees may choose from one of the three keynote luncheon options below. Please register for the lunch you wish to attend to guarantee a seat, but thanks to our luncheon sponsors, you won't have to pay any additional fees.

Keynote Luncheon - Energy, Economy, Environmental: Critical Thinking and the Role of Natural Gas

Dr. Scott W. Tinker, Switch Energy Alliance
Sponsored by Brown & Root Industrial

Keynote Luncheon - Engagement: How to Reach and Keep Customers

Amanda Slavin, marketing strategist and brand engagement expert
Sponsored by Atlas Copco Gas and Process

Keynote Luncheon - How Faith Intersects with Business

Daniel Gomez, award-winning motivational speaker, corporate trainer and confidence architect
Sponsored by Cummins and Infinity Project Management
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Chromatography School Instructors Meeting
1:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Design and O&M Forum, Part 2
Session Co-Chairs: Mahdi Nouri, Worley Group Inc.; Chip Burkett, Integral Dynamics; Ralph Neumann, Neumann Consulting

Review of Current GPA Midstream Facility Committee Projects

Design Challenges Associated with Usage of CO2 Rich Natural Gas for Regeneration of LPG Purification Systems

Yugo Furubayashi and Hiroyuki Sangawa, JGC Corporation; Olivier Ducreux and Christophe Nédez, Axens

Design Considerations for NGL Fractionators

Timothy Oneal, Exterran

Increased Throughput and Low Flow

David Dickinson, Honeywell UOP
1:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Environmental Forum, Part 1
Session Co-Chairs: Jaron Hill, Pegasus EHS; Jena Resnick, Antero Resources

Environmental Excellence Award Presentation

Update on Federal Air Regulations Impacting Midstream Operations
Karl Moor, Deputy Assistant Administrator in Office of Air and Radiation

Methane Rule Developments in New Mexico  
Adrienne Sandoval, New Mexico Oil Conservation Division

Environmental Committee and Natural Resources Subcommittee Updates
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Natural Resources Subcommittee Meeting
1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Project Economics Forum
Session Co-Chairs: Ajey Chandra, Muse, Stancil & Co.; Jonathan Jackson, Andeavor Logistics

Incorporating Producer Contracts in Gas Plant Optimization Techniques     
Reegan May, Targa Resources; Jeremiah Baker, Bryan Research & Engineering

Factors Influencing Oil & Gas Prices

Tom Seng, The University of Tulsa

Economics and Efficiencies of Large Volume Produced Water Treatment for Reuse

Abheek Banerjee, Exterran

Commissioning and Start-Up Best Practices

Anne Branson, LDIS
1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Safety Committee Meeting
2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Analysis, Test Methods and Product Specifications Committee Meeting
3:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Environmental Forum, Part 2
Session Co-Chairs: Jaron Hill, Pegasus EHS; Jena Resnick, Antero Resources

Consent Decree - Now What?

Don Kinder, MPLX; Jake Fournier, Marathon Petroleum

Legal and Regulatory Risks:  What to Expect If There’s a New Administration

Aaron Flynn, Hunton Andrews Kurth

A Dynamic Look at Design of Storage Tank Vapor Control Systems

James Van Horne, SLR International Corporation

What is ESG, Why It is Important and How Companies Can Create Their Own Program

Valerie Banner, Exterran
3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. LNG Forum
Session Co-Chairs: Shawn Hoffart, Black & Veatch; Scott Northrop, ExxonMobil

A New Nitrogen Rejection Technology from Produced Gas   

Gokhan Alptekin, SulfaTrap

Increased Dehydration Bed-life: NGL and LNG Gas Plant Case Studies

Peg Greene and Justin Pan, BASF; Adam Gray, Dominion Energy Transmission Inc.

Small-Scale LNG: Coming of Age
Brandon Johnson and Uday Turaga, ADI Analytics

Integrated Mid-Scale Natural Gas Liquefaction Solution- Factors That Can Lead to a Viable Mid-Scale Project  

Rajeev Nanda and George Hu, Technip Energies
6:30 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. Company-Sponsored Hospitalities


WEDNESDAY, April 22, 2019

7:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Coffee Break
Sponsorship available!
8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Breakout Session
Session Chair: Chris Root, Consultant

It Should be EASY to Model My Midstream Gathering System and Its Liquid Surges from Our GIS – Right?
Dewayne Anderson, VMG - a Schlumberger Technology; Michelle Ehlers-Peterson, MPLX
8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Breakout Session
Session Chair: Jim Leathers, Superior Pipeline

Accelerating the Midstream Build-Out / Private Equity's Role in Midstream
Uday Turaga and Brandon Johnson, ADI Analytics
9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Breakout Session
Session Chair: Chris Root, Consultant

Improvements in Modeling Gas Gathering Systems
Michael Everett, Clay Noble and Deen Akinrinsola, Targa Resources; Michael Istre and Thuy Nguyen, Gregg Engineering
9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Breakout Session
Session Chair: Jim Leathers, Superior Pipeline

U.S. & Global LNG Markets
Tom Seng, The University of Tulsa
10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Breakout Session
Session Chair: Chris Root, Consultant

Starting (Nearly) From Scratch – Implementing PSM at a Start-up Midstream Company
Naomi Baker, Navitas Midstream Partners
10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m Breakout Session
Session Chair: Jim Leathers, Superior Pipeline

Pipeline Safety and the Normalization of Deviance (NoD): Lessons Learned from Five Pipeline Incidents
Bernardo Cuervo and Mark McQueen, G2 Integrated Solutions
11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Breakout Session
Session Chair: Jimmie Hammontree, Williams

From the Hill: Legislative and Tax Reform Impacts on GPA Midstream Members
Dean Zerbe, alliantgroup
11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m Breakout Session
Session Chair: Jim Leathers, Superior Pipeline

How to Create and Sustain High Performing Teams to Create a Reliability Advantage
Melanie Zamora and Jim Turner, OE Advisors