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

SUNDAY, April 15

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

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. – 10:30 a.m. Technical Track - Process & Research
Co-Chairs: Karl Gerdes, Consultant; Dan McCartney, McCartney Gas Advisors; Chris Root, DCP Midstream

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

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

Effect of Small Sampling and Measurement Errors on Emissions and Gas Production Predictions
Kyle Ross, Bryan Research & Engineering

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

Permian Production and Takeaway Growth
Greg Chitty, Jefferies

Producing Areas (to be named)
Speaker to be announced

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
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. – 3:30 p.m. Technical Track – Design and O&M, Part 1
Co-Chairs: Jorge Foglietta, J.H. Foglietta Consulting; Ralph Neumann, Neumann Consulting

Integrated NRU and NGL Plant
Kathy Bigger, Linde Engineering North America

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

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

Papers will address hot topic pipeline safety items, including operational. Technical, regulatory and legislative concerns.
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Business/Commercial Track – Market Fundamentals & Commercial Trends
Co-Chairs: John Poarch, Williams; Chad Love, Phillips 66

Crude and Natural Gas Fundamentals
Reed Olmstead, I.H.S.

Refinery and Petchem Fundamentals
Horace Hobbs, Phillips 66
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.    Technical Workgroup Meeting
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.    Technical Workgroup Meeting
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, Equinox Engineering
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Refreshment Break Sponsorship available!
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Technical Track – Treating
Co-Chairs: Tim Cullinane, ExxonMobil; Ben Gurtler, Koch-Glitsch

New Mercaptans Removal Technologies for Treating Hydrocarbon Streams
David Engel, Scott Williams, Heath Buns and Ryan Crowe, Nexo Solutions

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

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

Solving Pressure Relief Valve and Piping Capacity Problems
Teresa Kerr, Duane Myers, Brad Piggott and Austyn Vance, Trimeric Corporation

Managing Pressure Vessels with Minimum Available Documentation
Tony Poulassichidis, Anadarko Corporation

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
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
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.    Technical Workgroup Meeting
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

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, CH2M
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Technical Track – Worldwide Developments
Co-Chairs: Greg Bury, Equinox Engineering; Malcolm Harrison, GPAE

(More) Effective Contaminant Measurement in LNG Processing
Tony Wimpenny, Orbital Gas Systems

What Has Your Sulphur Plant Done for You Lately?
Angie Slavens, UniverSUL Consulting; Onur Kirpici, ADGAS

Altagas – Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal
Jamie Fisher, Altagas

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.  Advocacy Workgroup Meeting
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.  Technical Workgroup Meeting
8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  Coffee Break Provided by Spartan Energy Partners
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 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
Co-Chairs: Phil Nickel, Cimarex; Joel Whitney, Cimarex

Propane’s Rebound: Is it Real?
Peter Fasullo, EnVantage

Crude Oil – Take It Away: Takeaway Constraints, Prices and the Associated Gas Problem
Ron Gist, RBN

Challenges and Future Opportunities of Moving NGLs in the NE Today
James Crews, MarkWest

U.S. LNG Export Outlook
Lance Goodwin, Freeport LNG Development
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Technical Track – Emerging Technology
Session Chair: Stan Golemon, Lucid Energy

Increased Safety Through the Use of Technology
Scott Komarek, Bartlett & West

UOP Russell High Recovery Retrofit
David Dickinson, UOP Russell

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

Managing Major Source Air Permitting Risks from Project Aggregation
Blake Soyars, Burns & McDonnell

Best Practices in Electricity Risk Management
Jon Shore, 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. Advocacy Workgroup Meeting
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Technical Workgroup Meeting
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.
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Ice Cream Social Provided by Gas Technology Corp. (open to all)
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Pipeline Safety Committee Meeting
Chair: Jimmie Hammontree, Williams

Note: Natural Resources Subcommittee Meeting to immediately follow this meeting
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, CH2M

Digitization of Gathering Field Operations and Supporting Business Processes
Jenny Corry, Steve Hendon, and Mark Roop, eSimulation; Brad Harrison and Cody Fees, Enable Midstream Partners

Mechanical Integrity Process Elements – “What”, “When”, “Who” and “How”
Tony Poulassichidis, Anadarko Corporation

Alternative Metallurgies Reduce the Cost of Amine Gas Treating Units
J. Kittel, F. Grosjean, IFP Energies; G. Perdu, X. Courtial, 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

Environmental Committee Year-in-Review

Environmental Excellence Award Presentation

Presentation on a recent methane study
Speaker to be announced

Presentation on regulatory outlook
Speaker to be announced
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

Topic to be announced
Brian Conner, Jefferies

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
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Refreshment Break Sponsorship available!
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

Presentation title to be announced
Tom Seng, University of Tulsa

Using Liquefied Natural Gas for Upstream Oil and Gas Operations
Anne Ryan and Ray McKaskle, Trimeric Corporation; Bryant Dear, Noble Energy

Challenges for Options and Prospects for Natural Gas to Become a Significant Player in Fueling for the Shipping Industry
Scott Schroeder, Advisian

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

Emission Destruction Technologies for Natural Gas Processing
Scott Bayon, Anguil Environmental Systems

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

United States’ Regulatory Outlook for Natural Gas Industry
Uday Turaga, ADI Analytics LLC

Remote Pipeline Leak Detection and Monitoring with Active Laser Absorption Techniques on Small Handheld, Stationary and Drone Applications
Sean Epps, Heath Consultants
3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Business/Commercial Track - Project Economics
Co-Chairs: Ajey Chandra, Muse, Stancil & Co.; Michael Gebhardt, Andeavor Logistics

Cryogenic Gas Plant Facilities – Lessons Learned
Josh Doramus, Rock Wall Energy Solutions

Mitigating Known Unknowns
Dinah Sylvester, SNC-Lavalin

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
5:30 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. Company-Sponsored Hospitalities (public – open to all)



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. – 12:00 p.m. Technical Workgroup Meeting
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Technical Workgroup Meeting
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Advocacy Workgroup Meeting
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