Facility Design, Operation & Maintenance (Facility Committee)

GPA Midstream’s Facility Design, Operation & Maintenance group is responsible for technical matters concerning midstream facilities design, operations and maintenance. The committee maintains a continuing study of all phases of midstream facilities design (process, mechanical, civil, structural, electrical, instrumentation) including construction, startup, process safety management design related issues, optimization, and modification. They also serve as a forum for personnel involved in operations and maintenance of midstream facilities to share and improve practices and procedures. This group maintains a list of topics identified to consider addressing, such as preventative maintenance programs, plant turnarounds and vendor alliances. This committee meets twice per year, usually in April and October. View the Facility Design, Operation & Maintenance Committee Charter.

Committee Leadership

Chair: David Beck, Audubon
Vice Chair: Drew Vincent, Targa Resources
Young Professionals Liaison: Vacant
GPA Midstream Staff Liaison: Martin Erne

Typical Committee Member

A typical committee member is an individual with appropriate job responsibilities or expertise related to the committee's work. This committee accepts volunteers with appropriate experience, and individuals may also be assigned by a GPA Midstream member company.

Current Committee Members

GPA Midstream and GPSA members on the committee as of 02-01-2022 include:

Atlas Copco Gas and Process, Audubon, AUX Sable Liquid Products Inc., Azota Gas Processing, Ltd., Barry D. Payne & Associates, Mangan Inc., Black & Veatch Corp., Blair Engineering, Bryan Research & Engineering, LLC, Cameron, A Schlumberger Company, Caterpillar, Inc., Chart Industries, ConocoPhillips, CoreWorks, LLC, Crestwood Midstream Partners LP, ENABLE Midstream Partners, Encore Oilfield Services, LLC, Enerflex, Energy Transfer Co., EnLink Midstream, Enterprise Products Operating LP, EXTERRAN, ExxonMobil/XTO, Flow Control Services, Freese and Nichols, Inc., GasTech Engineering, LLC, Honeywell UOP, Hunt, Guillot & Associates, Huntsman Corp., Iron Horse Midstream, LLC, J. H. Foglietta Consulting, LLC, Kahuna Ventures, Linde Engineering Americas, Lummus Technology, M Chemical Company, Marathon Petroleum Corp., Midcoast Energy, Monico Monitoring, Inc., Mustang Gas Products, LLC, NTACT Operations, LLC, Nuevo Midstream Dos, LLC, ONEOK Inc., Ovintiv USA Inc., PetroSkills/John M. Campbell, Phillips 66, Phoenix Park Gas Processors Ltd., ProSep Inc., Raffinate Technologies, Ref-Chem LP, River City Engineering, Shrieve Chemical Products, Inc., Southern Heat Exchanger, Superior Midstream, Targa Resources, Inc., Triumph Gas Technology Consulting, Watson Millican & Co., Western Midstream Partners, LP, Williams

Benefits of Committee Membership

Members can personally and professionally benefit from the sharing of technological knowledge, assimilating best practices and participating in the design of gas gathering and processing facilities. Additionally, members benefit from the sharing of operation and maintenance practices and procedures, as well as networking.

Products & Services

The committee maintains a continuing study of all phases of gas processing and gathering facilities design, operations and maintenance (process, mechanical, civil, structural, electrical, instrumentation) including construction, startup, process safety management design related issues, optimization and modification. The section maintains the following documents and publications:

  • GPA Midstream Facilities Design Recommended Practices

  • GPA Midstream Survey of Recent Plant Spacing Recommendations

  • GPA Midstream Facilities Design & Optimization Training Resources List

  • GPA Midstream Check Lists for Energy Conservation in Gas Processing Plants

  • GPA Midstream Plant Project and Design Checklist

  • GPSA Data Book Spreadsheets/Formulas

  • GPA Plant Operations Test Manual

  • O&M Maintenance Practice Guidance

  • Amines System Operations Guidelines

Facility Committee Workgroups

Digital / Mobile Technology for O&M Applications
Emission Control Guidance
Midstream Facilities Optimization Check Lists
Operator Checklists for Select Plant Equipment
Plant Project and Design Checklist
Process Control in Gas Processing Facilities Guideline

Interaction with other GPA Midstream Committees/Outside Organizations

The committee works with other GPA Midstream technical committees and outside organizations such as the American Petroleum Institute (API), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Chemical Safety Board (CSB), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).