Advocacy

For all companies - small, mid-size and large - GPA Midstream’s increased presence on Capitol Hill, frequent communications with legislators and regulators, and heightened focus on state midstream issues in the key states of Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wyoming, serve to protect members’ interests in matters that companies might not otherwise be involved. For major companies, our proactive involvement in the areas described not only supplement what member company employees with such responsibilities are doing, but also serve as an extension to their capabilities.

In 2015, GPA Midstream opened a dedicated Washington, D.C. office to maximize GPA Midstream’s legislative and regulatory influence and visibility. GPA Midstream also has a robust state government affairs function that relies upon staff leadership and direction, representatives of GPA Midstream member companies serving as state liaisons, and outside consultants, all engaged to focus on activities in the key states mentioned above.

For more information, visit the Advocacy Advisory Group page to learn more about our advocacy efforts and related committees.




Education/Training

GPA Midstream School of Gas Chromatography
GPA Midstream/GPSA Engineering Data Book Training and Certification
GPA Midstream Introduction to Midstream Course
GPA Midstream Fall Technical Conference
Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology (OSUIT)


GPA Midstream School of Gas Chromatography


GPA Midstream has hosted its annual School of Gas Chromatography since 1973, and it is considered one of the best chromatography schools available worldwide. This hands-on school is directed toward chromatograph operators, measurement technicians and engineers involved with chromatography, and the curriculum includes basic gas and gas liquid chromatography with an introduction to extended analysis and portable chromatographs. GPA Midstream’s chromatography school is typically held in early August in Tulsa, Okla. Learn more.




GPA Midstream GPSA Engineering Data Book Training and Certification


Since 1935, field and plant engineers have relied upon the GPSA Engineering Data Book to determine operating and design parameters for gas processing facilities. The book serves as a guide to accepted engineering practices for estimating, feasibility studies, preliminary design and for making operating decisions. GPA Midstream offers this five-day in-depth Data Book instruction course to equip individuals with the fundamentals they need to put this valued industry resource to practical use.  It is designed primarily for early career engineers and secondarily for senior operations, plant or maintenance personnel.  The course is limited to 25 students and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Students will be tested on the information presented throughout and, after displaying competency in the material taught,  will leave with a certificate documenting their successful completion of the GPA Midstream GPSA Engineering Data Book Instruction Course. Learn more.




GPA Midstream Introduction to Midstream Course


Created based on requests from our members, GPA Midstream is pleased to offer this new midstream industry overview course. The course uses the GPSA Engineering Data Book as a reference text and teaches students what happens at midstream operating facilities. It teaches students about midstream products, equipment typically found at midstream facilities, and the processes that turn variable hydrocarbon feedstock into fungible product. This three-day course is a great way to immerse new employees fully into the midstream industry. Students will partake in interactive lectures, perform light calculations, and experience working scale models of plant equipment. Learn more.




GPA Midstream Fall Technical Conference


GPA Midstream's Fall Technical Conference is where our technical committees and workgroups meet face to face to accomplish important industry work, and it also offers 16 technical educational sessions and networking opportunities at an incredibly modest cost for those that attend. Just like our annual convention, this conference is planned by your industry peers, so topics will be relevant and timely. Learn more.




Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology (OSUIT)


GPA Midstream and GPSA have shared a long partnership with the Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology (OSUIT), first through its Natural Gas Compression Program and now through the school’s recent introduction of its Pipeline Integrity Program. The midstream industry relies upon the education that students receive in OSUIT’s applied learning environments that simulate workplace expectations.

The Natural Gas Compression Program has been part of the OSUIT curriculum for more than 20 years. The purpose of this program is to develop a reliable and continuous source for technicians specifically trained in natural gas compression to enter the gas processing industry. The program targets the recruitment of students from geographic areas in which GPA Midstream and GPSA members have a need for technicians. The program also incorporates internships to allow students to use and reinforce in a real world setting what they have learned in their classrooms and labs.

Both GPA Midstream and GPSA have been instrumental in the program’s development, providing professional expertise, financial support and equipment since its beginning. Today the Natural Gas Compression Program is the largest at OSUIT and boasts a 100 percent employment rate for those who successfully complete the training.

The need for skilled engineering technologists that install, operate, maintain, repair and manage the integrity and security of pipelines is on the rise, and OSUIT has targeted this need by initiating its Pipeline Integrity Program that will enable students to develop the skills necessary to be successful in the pipeline industry. Major topics of study include safety, assessing pipeline damage and risk, corrosion control, design and integrity management.

OSUIT invited GPA Midstream and GPSA to partner with the school on the new program in a similar manner as the support that both associations provide to natural gas compression program. This degree program requires financial investment in order to provide classrooms, laboratory spaces and equipment for students to have an authentic learning environment that mirrors field experiences as closely as possible.




Market Information

GPA Midstream provides a fundamental link among the American Petroleum Institute (API), U.S. Department of Energy Information Agency, the Propane Education and Research Council and GPA Midstream, and thus the midstream industry. GPA Midstream works closely with these other agencies in assuring the compilation and timely publication of useful statistical data on natural gas liquids production, consumption and inventories. GPA Midstream sponsors publication of the annual statistical series "Sales of Natural Gas Liquids Refinery Gases," cooperatively with API and the National Propane Gas Association.




Research/Technical

GPA Midstream’s cooperative research program has received worldwide recognition because of its successes and benefits to the global midstream industry. For more than 50 years, our program has been a successful model for leveraged research and has helped provide the basic data needed to increase the efficiency and environmental performance of gas processing facilities. Data from the program have been used in all facets of gas processing and treating design and operation, with an estimated value worth more than 10 times its $14 million investment.

For GPA Midstream members, the cooperative approach has proved to be especially practical, economical and efficient because it eliminates the needless duplication of individual company research. In addition, history has shown that GPA Midstream research projects have stimulated additional research by other organizations and companies, so that total benefits accruing to the industry go substantially beyond the results obtained from just the association’s efforts.

How Projects Are Determined

The selection of projects presented and administered by GPA Midstream is attributed to the members of GPA Midstream’s two technical section sub-groups that oversee the process and the projects. These committee members are highly knowledgeable of the challenges faced by this industry on a day-to-day basis, and they know the availability, or lack, of data necessary for the resolution of the key issues. It is such in-depth knowledge - both theoretical and practical - of data and processes that make them proficient in guiding and evaluating this research effort.

In addition to the individual knowledge that each committee member brings, the collective synergy from the groups results in excellent supervision and assessment of the new and continuing research, ensuring that GPA Midstream member companies receive the maximum benefit in return for their funding contributions.

Research Funding

The 2019 research budget is $650,000, and GPA Midstream members contribute a combined $300,000 toward that amount through their annual dues. For 2019, GPA Midstream has directed $50,000 from GPSA members’ commitments and research reserve funds to the overall budget to help reduce the funding obligation of member companies. GPA Midstream has also directed $300,000 of funding from the Propane Education Research Council (PERC) to supplement the overall budget. This PERC support is greatly appreciated and will be a great help in continuing GPA Midstream’s efforts to provide valuable process data to the midstream industry.

For detailed information about GPA Midstream’s continuing, new and completed projects, take a look at GPA Midstream’s 2019 Research Brochure (PDF).

All GPA Midstream members contribute to the research program through their annual dues, and a number of other companies also support the program on a voluntary basis. GPA Midstream would welcome your company's contribution to our research program. Your company's participation in the program is critical to keeping GPA Midstream on the leading edge of technological advancements in the industry, and a benefit of supporting the program is receiving free electronic copies of GPA Midstream Research Reports. Download the research commitment form to make a contribution.




Safety

Operating safely, whether in an office setting or in the field, is critical to the success of our member companies and the midstream industry. Despite involving volatile substances at high pressures, our industry has a superb safety record. GPA Midstream's Safety Committee has contributed to this record by bringing together safety managers from member companies whom share experiences and ideas that can be used by all to upgrade safety practices at their own facilities.

GPA Midstream compiles and publishes safety statistics for the midstream industry each year. These statistics are useful in evaluating individual performance, identifying problem areas in individual company operations, and assisting with proposed legislation/regulation. An awards program recognizes companies for safe operations.

The 2016 GPA Midstream safety statistics covered more than 59 million hours worked, and incident rates continue to decrease from historical rates. Vehicle driving statistics are also collected, and the information compiled shows rates for total vehicle incidents, preventable vehicle incidents and vehicle animal strikes. The statistics encompassed more than 389 million company vehicle miles traveled.

Current and historical safety statistics are available to member company employees. Go to the Account Login page for access to members-only information.


For more information:
Company Safety Awards
Facility Safety Awards
Perfect Record Awards


Young Professionals

The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that 50 percent of the oil and gas industry’s workforce will be eligible for retirement within the next five to ten years, and GPA Midstream leaders have long recognized the need to train and retain our industry’s young talent to help fill the impending employment gap.


In 2008, GPA Midstream introduced a training and networking option for the midstream industry’s young professionals at its GPA Midstream Convention, and since then, we have witnessed an increasing number of young faces join us for the premier midstream industry conference year after year and also become involved at a greater level on GPA Midstream committees.


Most of GPA Midstream’s domestic chapters have their own young professionals groups and activities, and at the national level, a newly formed Young Professionals Committee is working to establish its own industry initiatives and deliverables.


To GPA Midstream, a young professional is loosely defined as someone with less than 10 years of industry experience. Member company employees meeting that definition are invited and encouraged to become involved with the Young Professionals Committee, and/or other GPA Midstream committees, to garner additional industry knowledge and leadership experience.