TULSA, Okla. DCP Midstream was honored with the Environmental Excellence Award and the Award for Energy Conservation on May 20 by the GPA Midstream Association and affiliated midstream suppliers association GPSA.

The organization also honored 15 companies for midstream industry safety and safety improvement, and recognized several individuals with distinguished service awards.

GPA Midstream and GPSA traditionally present these and other awards to companies and individuals at the GPA Midstream Convention where more than 2,000 midstream professionals gather, but this year's annual meeting scheduled for mid-April in New Orleans was canceled due to COVID-19. In lieu of the on-site recognitions, the association has released an awards video to give due credit to recipients of the 2020 honors. It is available for viewing here: GPAmidstream.org/awards/2020-recognition.

Environmental Excellence, Energy Conservation awards

Both awards are annual distinctions recognizing companies that demonstrate outstanding initiative in implementing programs and projects within those respective areas in the midstream sector.

DCP Midstream received the Environmental Excellence Award for developing an innovative way to visualize real-time compliance status with facility air permit and regulatory requirements at 10 gas plants and 14 compressor stations in Colorado’s Weld County.

“Being a leader in environmental performance allows DCP Midstream to foster better, more collaborative relationships with our local and state environmental agencies, as well as our facility neighbors,” said DCP Midstream Group Vice President and Chief Environmental, Health, Safety and Operational Risk Officer Jerry Barnhill. “Building a better reputation with the Colorado environmental regulators by showing them we are taking proactive steps with our compliance is allowing us to build a stronger, more trusting relationship.”

DCP Midstream earned the association’s Award for Energy Conservation for a project that replaced six integral compression units with three high speed separable compression units at one of its facilities. The replacement with the more efficient units resulted in multiple benefits, including efficiency improvements in use of fuel, and machinery and manpower, while consistently delivering production to end-users.

GPA Midstream Safety

“The midstream industry is not alone in experiencing unprecedented challenges and tough times right now, so it’s nice to be able to share some good news,” said GPA Midstream President and CEO Joel Moxley. “Although we weren’t able honor these companies in person at our GPA Midstream Convention as usual due to COVID-19, we certainly want to recognize and celebrate with them today. I’m proud to congratulate each and say ‘thank you’ for making safety a top priority.”

The four GPA Midstream award divisions are determined by a range of midstream operational workhours, ranging from less than 50,000 to more than 1 million, for both United States and international companies.

The top two entries in each division are selected according to lowest total cases incidence rate (TCR), lowest fatalities plus lost workdays incidence rate (LTR) and highest number of workhours reported. For 2019, member companies submitted safety statistics covering more than 76 million operational workhours.

Division I (1 million or more midstream operational workhours)

United States

1st Place: Western Midstream Partners (The Woodlands, Texas)

2nd Place: MPLX (Findlay, Ohio)

1st Place: Bahrain National Gas Co. (Riffa, Bahrain)

2nd Place: Saudi Aramco (Dhahran, Saudi Arabia)

Division II (200,000: 999,999 midstream operational workhours)

United States

1st Place: ConocoPhillips (Houston)

2nd Place: Navitas Midstream Partners (The Woodlands)

1st Place: Phoenix Park Gas Processors Ltd. (Trinidad, West Indies)

Division III (50,000: 199,999 midstream operational workhours)

United States

1st Place: Superior Pipeline Co. (Tulsa)

2nd Place: Enerfin Resources Co. (Houston)

Division IV (less than 50,000 midstream operational workhours)

United States

1st Place: Aka Energy Group LLC (Durango, Colo.)

2nd Place: Black Diamond Gathering (Houston)

Chairman’s Award for Safety Improvement

GPA Midstream also recognizes four companies with a Chairman’s Award for Safety Improvement for notably improving their respective safety performances in 2019: Enerfin Resources Co. (Houston), Energy Transfer Co. (Dallas), ONEOK (Tulsa), and Saudi Aramco (Dhahran, Saudi Arabia).

GPSA Safety Awards

GPSA safety awards are based on each company's 2019 Occupational Safety and Health Administration records and a three-year history of active programs promoting safety and displaying safety improvement. GPSA safety honors are presented to: Enerflex Energy Systems (Calgary, Alberta), ENGlobal U.S. Inc. (Houston), Gulf Interstate Engineering Co. (Houston), Interstate Treating Inc. (Odessa, Texas), Mustang Sampling (Ravenswood, W.Va.), Saulsbury Industries (Odessa), Tower Force, LLC (Deer Park, Texas), WSP USA Inc. (New York), and ZAP Engineering & Construction Services Inc. (Lakewood, Colo.).

Distinguished Service Awards

“GPA Midstream is a member-driven organization with a small professional staff, so we depend heavily on volunteers,” Moxley said. “These individuals have consistently gone above and beyond to help GPA Midstream carry out our mission and, to put it frankly, get things done. All have their own busy and challenging jobs, but they also consistently show up and deliver to the needs of our association and this industry, and we are pleased to recognize them for their selfless dedication in this way.”

The GPA Midstream Lifetime Achievement Award honors individuals who have positively impacted the association and midstream industry through career efforts and achievements. GPA Midstream presents its 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award to Gary Bartlett, president of Bartlett Equipment Co. (Tulsa). Bartlett served as a GPSA director for 24 years, and his active participation influenced the advancement of the midstream industry and the processor/supplier relationship during his nearly 50-year career.

The Donald L. Katz Award, one of GPA Midstream’s highest honors, recognizes outstanding accomplishments in midstream research and technology and excellence in engineering education. The 2020 Katz Award goes to Dr. Jürgen Gmehling, retired German professor of technical and industrial chemistry at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, known worldwide for his work in the fields of thermodynamics, technical chemistry and chemical engineering. His scientific and practical merits are innumerable, and many are now standard practice for virtually all chemical engineers.

The association presents its distinguished service awards for notable industry and association contributions and longtime service, and four individuals are honored this year: Alan Dove, principal, Dove Consulting and Design (Oklahoma City); Steve Johnson, vice president of government relations, ONEOK (Tulsa); John Mollenkopf, former COO, MarkWest Energy Partners (Denver); and Wouter van Kempen, chairman, president and CEO, DCP Midstream.

GPA Midstream’s Committee Leader of the Year Award is an individual recognition bestowed for outstanding service in leading association committee activities over the previous year. The 2020 GPA Midstream committee leaders of the year are: Jaron Hill, Pegasus EHS (Edmond, Okla.), GPA Midstream Environmental Committee chair; Dan McCartney, McCartney Gas Advisors (Overland Park, Kan.), GPA Midstream Research Committee Subgroup 1 chair; Jena Resnick, Antero Resources (Denver), GPA Midstream Environmental Committee vice chair; and Jeff Stake, OGT (Odessa), LLC, GPSA Membership Committee chair.

The Committee Volunteer of the Year Award is for significant participation and contributions to GPA Midstream committees in the previous year. The committee volunteers of the year are: Jerry Barnhill, DCP Midstream (Denver); Brian Booth, Enterprise Products (Houston); Leslie Crissup, Enable Midstream Partners (Oklahoma City); Bret Fox, DCP Midstream (Denver); Mike Hegarty, H2W United (Greenwood Village, Colo.); Laura Higgins, DCP Midstream (Denver); Stewart Markgraf, ONEOK (Tulsa, Okla.); Trevor Morrison, Western Midstream Partners (The Woodlands, Texas); Jeff Morton, Enterprise Products (Houston); Andrew Parker, SPL (Houston); Melanie Roberts, Targa Resources (Houston); and Phil Roberts, Williams (Tulsa).