What does Midstream Mean?

GPA Midstream is a non-profit trade association representing the midstream industry, but what exactly does “midstream” mean?

As a simple explanation, the midstream industry’s basic raw material is natural gas, which is a fossil fuel and one of the world’s primary energy sources. Natural gas has to go from production to market.


Production to Market

The industry that connects production to markets is where the midstream industry takes over.

Natural gas consists of hydrocarbons like methane, propane, butane, pentane, plus many more. It also contains undesired materials such as sulfur compounds, water, CO2, etc.

Raw natural gas must be purified, or “processed,” to meet quality standards and regulations and to make useful everyday products for our homes, factories and businesses.


  • Production

    Involves getting the gas out of the ground and into the pipeline.

  • Market

    Is where the gas eventually ends up, so you can cook your food and heat your home.

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Midstream 101

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Midstream Operations

Without the acts of gathering and processing, the delivery of natural gas to your home wouldn’t be possible. Plus, we wouldn’t see familiar products like rubber, plastics or synthetics on the market without hydrocarbons.

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