Midstream & Transport Monitor - April 22, 2016

The oil and gas industry’s rapid Permian Basin expansion could push the power transmission and distribution capacity of the region’s electric system to its limits by 2020, a new GPA Midstream Association technical committee report cautions. To forestall potential power service limitations or reliability problems, midstream operators and upstream producers should contact their respective transmission and distribution service providers (TDSP) to discuss projections for future power needs over the next five or more years, James Meier, vice president of Permian gas and power infrastructure for Pioneer Natural Resources Co. and vice-chairman of GPA’s technical committee, said.