GPA Midstream Association



GPA Midstream’s Pipeline Design, Operation & Maintenance group is responsible for all technical matters concerning pipeline design, operation and maintenance. The committee maintains a continuing study of gas, liquid, and multi-phase flow pipeline design (mechanical, materials, instrumentation) including construction, testing, integrity, leak detection, welding practices, NACE requirements, regulatory compliance, mapping and GIS, optimization, and modification. The section is also responsible for matters concerning software for pipeline design, including pipeline simulators and leak detection; work also includes pipeline pressure regulation, safety devices and control room operations but does not include pipeline custody transfer measurement, product sampling/analysis, material testing, permitting or gas distribution systems. This committee meets 2 times per year, most commonly in April and October. View the Pipeline Design, Operation & Maintenance Committee Charter.



  • Committee Leadership

  • Chair: Jerry Gump, Linde Engineering North America Inc.
  • Vice Chair: Jimmy Oxford, Targa Resources
  • YP Liaison: Eric Winscher, Mustang Gas Products
  • GPA Midstream Staff Liaison: Martin Erne

Typical Committee Member


A typical committee member includes individuals with appropriate job responsibilities and/or expertise involving them in the design, operations and maintenance of pipelines. This committee accepts volunteers with appropriate experience, and members may also be assigned by a GPA Midstream member company.



Current Committee Members


GPA Midstream and GPSA members on the committee as of 09-12-18 include:



Audubon
Black & Veatch Corp.
ChemTreat Inc.
DCP Midstream
Enable Midstream Partners
EnLink Midstream
Enterprise Products Operating
ExxonMobil/XTO
GPA Midstream Association
Hunt, Guillot & Associates
Linde Engineering North America Inc.
MarkWest Energy Partners
Midstream Energy Group Inc.
Momentum Midstream
Mustang Gas Products
ONEOK Partners
Phillips 66
Targa Resources
Watson Millican & Co.



Benefits of Committee Membership


The committee provides a forum for pipeline operators to share practices related to compliance with federal, state and local pipeline regulations.



Products & Services


Committee projects for the design engineer may include:

  • Pipeline Design Checklist
  • Hydrotesting Plans and Procedures
  • Pigging Operations and Automated Pigging Systems
  • Pipeline Leak Detection


Interaction with other GPA Midstream Committees/Outside Organizations


The committee works with other GPA Midstream technical sections and provides technical support to GPA Midstream's Pipeline Safety Committee, which monitors safety and legislative and regulatory pipeline issues, particularly PHMSA and equivalent state agencies..