Midstream

AAA

DEFINITION of 'Midstream'

Term used to describe one of the three major stages of oil and gas industry operations. Midstream activities include the processing, storing, transporting and marketing of oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids.

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Midstream'

Midstream activities are commonly included as part of downstream operations for much of the oil and gas industry. The midstream and downstream activities take place after the initial production phase and through to the point of sale.

Many oil and gas companies are considered integrated because of their ability to combine upstream, midstream and downstream activities as part of their overall operations.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Commodity

    1. A basic good used in commerce that is interchangeable with ...
  2. Horizontal Integration

    The acquisition of additional business activities that are at ...
  3. Downstream

    The oil and gas operations that take place after the production ...
  4. Upstream

    Operations stages in the oil and gas industry that involve exploration ...
  5. 1979 energy crisis

    The 1979 energy crisis in the U.S. was an event of widespread ...
  6. Benchmark Crude Oil

    Benchmark crude oil is crude oil that serves as a pricing reference, ...
Related Articles
  1. Home & Auto

    Getting A Grip On The Cost Of Gas

    Feeling overwhelmed by rising oil prices? We offer some tips that will save you money.
  2. Active Trading

    Oil And Gas Industry Primer

    Before jumping into this hot sector, learn how these companies make their money.
  3. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    ETFs Provide Easy Access To Energy Commodities

    Hedge against rising energy prices and diversify your portfolio with these funds.
  4. Active Trading

    What Determines Oil Prices?

    Changes in the price of oil aren't arbitrary. Read on to find out what moves them and why.
  5. Options & Futures

    A Guide To Investing In Oil Markets

    Find out how to take advantage of this market without having to open a futures account.
  6. Economics

    What Determines Gas Prices?

    Gas prices are influenced by more than supply and demand. Find out what determines the price you pay at the pump.
  7. Chart Advisor

    Commodities Set Up For A Continued Move Lower

    Commodities have been suffering since late summer, and unfortunately for the bulls it doesn’t appear that the situation is about to change anytime soon.
  8. Stock Analysis

    ConocoPhillips's Well-Oiled Profit Machine

    By focusing on upstream production and farming out subsequent links in the chain, ConocoPhillips maximizes profits in a very capital-intensive industry.
  9. A commodity is a basic good used in commerce.
    Markets

    What are Commodities?

    A commodity is a basic good used in commerce that is interchangeable with other commodities of the same type. Commonly traded commodities include gold, beef, oil, lumber and natural gas. Additional ...
  10. Chart Advisor

    Traders Fight To Push Corn Prices Higher

    With corn down some 60% since its 2012 high, a recent bounce higher was welcome. But several key resistance levels are suggesting a continued downtrend.

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. SWOT Analysis

    A tool that identifies the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of an organization. Specifically, SWOT is a basic, ...
  2. Simple Interest

    A quick method of calculating the interest charge on a loan. Simple interest is determined by multiplying the interest rate ...
  3. Special Administrative Region - SAR

    Unique geographical areas with a high degree of autonomy set up by the People's Republic of China. The Special Administrative ...
  4. Annual Percentage Rate - APR

    The annual rate that is charged for borrowing (or made by investing), expressed as a single percentage number that represents ...
  5. Free Carrier - FCA

    A trade term requiring the seller to deliver goods to a named airport, terminal, or other place where the carrier operates. ...
  6. Law Of Supply And Demand

    A theory explaining the interaction between the supply of a resource and the demand for that resource. The law of supply ...
Trading Center