The American Petroleum Institute announced the creation of a Midstream Department that will focus on issues related to energy infrastructure and the transportation of oil and natural gas. Harry Pefanis, president and COO of Plains All American, will chair the committee made up of API member company representatives that will oversee the work of the Midstream Department.
“In order for America’s oil and natural gas renaissance to continue, we need a world class infrastructure system to deliver that energy to consumers”, said API President and CEO Jack Gerard. “Creating a division within our organisation focused on midstream issues will enable the industry to address the critical issues around energy infrastructure.”
The Midstream Department will encompass API’s policy work on the transportation of oil and natural gas by pipelines, rail, ship and other methods. These areas were previously split between API’s Upstream and Downstream departments. Robin Rorick, who has nearly 20 years of experience in the oil and natural gas industry, will lead the department as Group Director of Midstream and Industry Operations.