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National trade association recognizes MPC employees

Pictured above: Ron Carnahan, Todd Phillips, Todd Coffman

Several Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC) employees recently were recognized by the American Petroleum Institute (API), a national trade association representing the oil and natural gas industry.

Ron Carnahan, senior measurement specialist, Todd Coffman, senior engineer, and Todd Phillips, senior analyst, received Citation of Service Awards from API at the Spring Committee on Petroleum Measurement (COPM) Standards Meeting, in Dallas, Texas, in March. The Citation of Service recognizes those individuals who have made significant contributions to the COPM and its subcommittees during the past year. The winners were nominated by peers in the industry based upon an individual project they completed.

Carnahan’s project was in API Manual of Petroleum Measurement Standards (MPMS) chapter 14.1, Collecting and Handling of Natural Gas Samples for Custody Transfer, for which he is the current chair. He added language that clarified the intended use of one probe, one sampler, one cylinder as opposed to the old language that did not specifically disallow the application of multiple cylinders on one sampler.

“This was a lingering issue that I have had over my career where a customer wants their own sample as opposed to using a shared analysis report,” explained Carnahan. “The use of multiple sample cylinders was fairly prevalent, but data shows that it is not a good practice. It was a huge thing for me as well as for the industry to get this situation clarified.”

Coffman was a member of the team that created API MPMS Chapter 11.3.4, Miscellaneous Hydrocarbon Properties – Denatured Ethanol and Gasoline Component Blend Densities and Volume Correction Factors. “I participate in API standards as a representative of MPC with the goal of assuring MPC’s interests are protected,” said Coffman. “It is wonderful to be recognized for the work, but I view it as doing what I am supposed to do.”

Phillips was involved in two recently published documents. He was the chair of the working group for API MPMS Chapter 7.4 – Temperature Determination – Dynamic Temperature Measurement, where his group worked with the EPA to form a task group to perform testing on alternative temperature devices that would replace mercury-in-glass thermometers in the petroleum industry. In his second project as a member of TR 2578 - Flow Conditioner Installation and Effects on Turbine Meters, the team performed numerous tests in a flow lab putting the turbine meters through different flow patterns at different flow rates to see how the high performance flow conditioners would perform.

“All COPM standards are voted on and members provide comments to the document,” said Phillips. “I put in a lot of time reviewing those comments and working with our group to find resolutions to voting members’ issues. It is very satisfying once all of the issues are resolved and a standard is published.”