VIRTUAL - 4th Annual Appalachian Regional Conference

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GPA Midstream acknowledges that COVID-19 still presents many unknowns when it comes to restrictions on large gatherings, so we have decided to offer speakers' presentations in a virtual format in lieu of holding a live event.

Please join us for the 4th Annual Appalachian Regional Conference (ARC 2020).  Since this will be offered as a VIRTUAL conference we have decided to hold the ARC over two days (September 22 and 24) from 10am-2pm each day.  Registration gets you access to each presentation over that 2-day period - you can pick and choose whichever sessions fit your schedule - although we hope you'll participate in them all!



The conference will feature some of our region’s top industry professionals. 

Presentations will be from 10am-2pm each day of the ARC.  Specific details and teleconference links will be sent prior to the ARC.

Registered participants will gain access to each of the presentations.  You can choose to attend them live or will be able to download for a limited time post-ARC.

Continuing Education Units (CDUs) and Professional Development Hours (PDHs) will be offered to participants, if requested.  Simply email us post-conference detailing which sessions you attended, and a certificate will be provided.




More details to come soon!  For now, please refer to each speaker's LinkedIn profile:

Bernardo Cuervo - Principal Integrity Consultant, G2 Integrated Solutions

ABSTRACT: PHMSA’s Mega Rule. A Practical and Easy Methodology to Apply API Standard 1163 to validate and integrate your ILI data!  To ensure safety and reliability, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) included section 192.493, In-Line Inspection (ILI) of pipelines, in the Federal Pipeline Safety Regulations, effective since July, 2020. This is part of the long-awaited Gas Pipeline Safety Rule,  also known as the “Gas Mega Rule.”  It means that when conducting in-line inspection of gas pipelines, each operator must comply with the requirements and recommendations of three documents incorporated by reference in §192.7. One of them is API Std 1163. The fundamental objective of this document is to establish a minimum standard for quality in conducting ILI activities. However, Addressing in detail each of the aspects of the integration of ILI results, with checks and balances, can be a very difficult task. This session provides an easy-to-implement methodology to verify the proper execution of an ILI survey, from the selection of the right ILI tool to the integration of the validated results. After this presentation, you will know what to do to get it right and be in compliance.

BIO: Bernardo Cuervo is a Principal Integrity Consultant for G2 Integrated Solutions with 30 years of experience in pipeline design, construction, and in-line inspection (ILI). Cuervo graduated as a Civil Engineer in 1989 and is a Master Trainer of the National Center for Construction, Education, and Research (NCCER). He is co-chair of the Corrosion Control Course of the University of Oklahoma and a PHMSA associate instructor for the ‘Safety Evaluation of In-line Inspection Programs’. Cuervo has co-presented the workshop ‘Practical Pigging Operations’ for Clarion Technical Conference and has trained and certified analysts and pipeline operators in various ILI technologies in the USA and Canada.

Dave Caudle - Business Development Manager, ChemImage Corporation

ABSTRACT: Layered Threat Detection and Entry Control Points: Integrating New Technologies.  The world continues to experience a proliferation of bomb making knowledge, fueled by the internet.  The commercial accessibility of the requisite materials and knowledge to build powerful improvised explosive devices is driving a nationwide trend to “harden” critical infrastructure and traditionally “soft” targets.  Oil and Gas infrastructure represents an attractive target to extremists and non-state actors.  By attacking oil and gas infrastructure, the attacker can accomplish an amplification of explosive damage, energy supply interruptions, significant and expensive harm to U.S. businesses including power generation and manufacturing, along with shocking video to share across the internet to garner support for the extremist’s cause. Countering explosive threats and protecting the ideal targets is a challenging problem, requiring multiple layers of technology, and well thought out entry control.  Identified best practices from the Global War on Terror, and from the post 9/11 hardening of federal infrastructure include Entry Control Point designs, suggested technologies, and how to integrate the latest technologies into existing security procedures.

BIO: Dave Caudle leads efforts to connect emerging chemical imaging technologies with the needs of defense and security markets.  Dave has 12 years of experience as a military officer in the Army Infantry and Special Operations, fighting in the Global War on Terror.  After leaving the military Dave advises the Department of Defense, and Department of Homeland Security on Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD).  Dave is an Expert on Chemical, Biological and Explosive threats, and protecting critical infrastructure.

Kathryn Klaber - Managing Partner, The Klaber Group

ABSTRACT: Perspectives on Past, Present, and Future of Natural Gas Industry.  Kathryn Klaber will share her unique perspectives on the shale industry’s activities in the early years in the Appalachian basin, when she launched the Marcellus Shale Coalition.  Key policy and advocacy decisions at that time gave the industry its license to operate in Pennsylvania when neighboring states to the east were turning their backs on the industry.  Katie’s presentation will review some of the milestones over the last 10 years and look to the key issues that will determine shale’s future in Appalachia.

BIO: Kathryn Klaber leads The Klaber Group, providing strategic services to businesses and other institutions as they capitalize on shale development in the United States and abroad.  Ms. Klaber’s career-long experience in energy, economic and environmental issues at the confluence of the private and public sectors brings new perspectives, strategies and implementation to the clients of The Klaber Group. Ms. Klaber launched and led the Marcellus Shale Coalition as its first CEO, growing it to be the premier regional trade association for the oil and gas industry in the northeastern United States during a high-stakes period. Kathryn Klaber is a regular speaker on energy issues to major audiences, and has been a featured expert on national, state and local media, such as Fox Business, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post, and writes a monthly column for the Pittsburgh Business Times. Prior to joining the MSC, Ms. Klaber served as Executive Vice President for Competitiveness at the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Economy League.  In these roles, she testified before state and federal agencies and legislative bodies on key policy issues and achieved significant regulatory and legislative outcomes.  During the first decade of her career, Ms. Klaber worked for the international environmental, health and safety consulting firm Environmental Resources Management bringing her clients reliable compliance strategies and innovative business solutions. Ms. Klaber earned her undergraduate degree in environmental science from Bucknell University and her Masters in Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University, where she received the Enterprise Award for Entrepreneurship.  She serves on the Cleveland Federal Reserve’s Pittsburgh Board, the University of Pittsburgh School of Law’s Energy Law & Policy Institute, and the Executive Committee of Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania.

Michael Cox - Territory Account Manager, WEG

ABSTRACT: Monitoring Critical Motor Applications. Dive into how WEG Motor Scan can help maintain uptime of critical motor applications.

BIO: Michael Cox has been a Territory Account Manager at WEG Electric since December 2018. He has over 13 years in the Industrial VFD and Electric Motor business.

Zahroof Mohamed - President and CTO, Zahroof Valves Inc.

ABSTRACT: StraightFlo Valves – Redefining Compressor Valves. This presentation will start with a brief review of the primary conventional valves in use today and the issues associated with them. It will then look at the design of the Zahroof StraightFlo valve, how it works and the benefits of using these valves. It will then present the different ZVI technologies to address different applications and end with field measurements and case studies showing how the valves have performed in the field.

BIO: Zahroof Mohamed is the President and CTO of Zahroof Valves Inc. (ZVI), a Delaware Corporation founded in 2010, with its HQ in Houston, TX, that develops and markets a unique and groundbreaking compressor valve based on the Modular Reed Valve technology developed by Zahroof Corp in 2009. Prior to this, Zahroof was Chief Engineer of Samsung Techwin’s Power Systems group, establishing its Center for Excellence, Turbomachinery Design in Houston and overseeing Samsung’s compressor technology in South Korea and the USA. His previous experience includes Principal Engineer at Cameron; where he was responsible for new centrifugal compressor design in Buffalo, NY, Turbocharger design in Salina, KS, reciprocating compressor design in Houston, TX, Ajax engine/compressor development in Oklahoma City. He was the Aero-Mechanical Engineer at York International, responsible for the development of the next generation chillers. He started his career in Atlas Copco in New York, responsible for the rotordynamic and aerothermodynamic design of centrifugal compressors. He held senior Engineering R&D positions in Atlas Copco’s Compressor Technique group, in Voorheesville, NY and at Airtec in Antwerp, Belgium, and was responsible for the development of several compressor cores within process gas compression and air compression: centrifugal compressors; oil free, oil injected and water injected screw compressors and scroll compressors.

Matt McCarthy - Sales & Marketing, Sloan Lubrication Systems

ABSTRACT: Compressor and Rod Packing Force Fed Lubrication. This presentation is designed as an overview for operators, maintenance mechanics, and engineers of the proper operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of compressor and rod packing force fed lubrication. Topics to be covered include: 1) What are we lubricating and why. 2) Introduction to the components of a force-fed lubrication system its functions. 3) Discussion of lubrication rates. A quick understanding into flow rate calculations. 4) Divider block operation and testing – how and why, including cycle indicator instruction. 5) What you will see during failure and discussion of troubleshooting the lube system. 6) Preventative maintenance recommendations – procedures and intervals. 7) Emergency planning including spares and skills training. 

BIO: Matt McCarthy is a 27 year sales veteran of Sloan Lubrication Systems and has become an
expert compressor lubrication advisor to the oil, gas, refining, chemical, and food industries. He has invested the majority of his career in sales-focused roles but also has extensive hands-on experience in field work including installations, troubleshooting, and maintenance. Matt is an experienced trainer in all aspects of lubrication systems used in reciprocating compression across the US and Canada. His current position as Senior Sales Representative for National Accounts allows him to bring his vast application knowledge to the industry and affords him opportunities to collaborate on the industry’s most challenging issues. In addition to being a part of Sloan, Matt is on the Board of Directors of the EGCR (Eastern Gas Compression Roundtable) where he has served for 25 years in various capacities including chairmen of several prominent committees. Matt resides in Saxonburg, PA, along with his wife Colleen who also works at Sloan as Manufacturing Manager.

Kristen Drew - Director of Projects, Williams

ABSTRACT:  Dynamic Delivery: America's Evolving Oil and Natural Gas Transportation Infrastructure. In late 2017, the Secretary of Energy asked the National Petroleum Council (NPC), to complete a study to answer the following questions and topics:  1) Provide an overview of existing infrastructure and the need for additional infrastructure to address potential changes as supply and markets develop in new locations; 2) Review and understand any constraints and bottlenecks that could arise - in particular, constraints that might limit the industry’s ability to continue to produce and grow U.S. oil and natural gas production; 3) Technology advances that can improve the safety, resiliency, efficiency, and environmental performance of the infrastructure system; 4) Identify regulatory or policy challenges to infrastructure development and potential solutions; and 5) Other emerging topics such as cybersecurity.  The resulting study, named “Dynamic Delivery: America’s Evolving Oil and Natural Gas Transportation Infrastructure”, addresses this request and was approved by the NPC and presented to the Secretary of Energy in December 2019.

BIO: Kristen Drew is the Director of Projects for the Susquehanna River Supply Hub at Williams where her teams develop, engineer, and build gathering assets in the northeastern counties of Pennsylvania.  She graduated from Texas A&M University in 2001 with a degree in structural engineering and has 19 years of oil and gas experience in management and technical positions at Williams and Enbridge.  Her career has taken her from the offshore platforms and processing plants of the Gulf Coast to the regulated interstate pipelines and compressor stations on the Transco and Gulfstream systems before taking on her current role of building gathering assets in Appalachia.  Externally, Kristen is on the board of the Wyoming County United Way and presents STEM education and careers, the trade professions, and other technical topics at numerous schools and events for students from elementary to university.   Kristen held the role of Assistant Chair of the Coordinating Subcommittee of the Dynamic Delivery Study of the National Petroleum Council.

John Guoynes - Vice President of Business Development, E2 Energy Services

ABSTRACT: Rich Gas NGL Conditioning. This presentation will review technology to condition wet gas from the Utica and Marcellus plays using modular cryogenic expansion and fractionation methods. Natural gas properties of the Utica and Marcellus will be explored to design the most efficient dew point conditioning process for actual conditions. Areas of rich gas in the Marcellus and Utica are of higher interest to production and midstream operators as market gas prices have decline. These wet gas areas produce natural gas that is full of dry methane enriched with heavier hydrocarbons. Cryogenic processing is the most efficient method of extraction which yields valuable quantities of NGL’s. 

BIO: John Guoynes is currently heading up Producer Services for E2 Energy Services with over 25 years of experience in the Appalachia basin. John has held roles as President of Big North Consulting and Director of Production for Rice Energy and Engineering Manager for CNX Gas. He is currently involved with a specialty blend of midstream projects at E2 Energy including midstream facilities, wellsite compression and rich gas/condensate conditioning. John has a BS in Petroleum Engineering with an MBA and has authored numerous publications for SPE, AAPG and API.



Registration to the ARC will also include a 2021 Membership!  

Individual Registration / Membership — $55, access to all live presentations and post-ARC download. 

Sponsorship / Corporate Membership — $500, company logo scrolling between each ARC break

Benefits of an ABGPA individual/corporate membership here

Online Registration for the ARC ends midnight on September 21.


NOTE:  No refunds will be issued for this event as we are also using it as a 2021 Membership Drive.



September 22nd, 2020 10:00 AM   through   September 24th, 2020 2:00 PM

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