GPA Midstream’s Technical Section P – Pipeline Design, Operation & Maintenance, 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.
A typical committee member for Technical Section P – Pipeline Design, Operation & Maintenance 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.
Section P provides a forum for pipeline operators to share practices related to compliance with federal, state and local pipeline regulations.
Section P projects for the design engineer may include:
Section P 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..