Leith McDonald is a Facilities Engineer in the BP - US Pipelines and Logistics Business Unit and serves as the Technical Authority for Offshore and Subsea Systems. He provides oversight of BP Pipelines Flow Assurance and Integrity Management Programs in the Gulf of Mexico Region. BP’s US Pipelines and Logistics Business Unit operate approximately 1000 miles of pipelines in the Gulf of Mexico to water depth’s exceeding 7000 FSW (feet of seawater).
Leith began his career, in 1992, in Amoco Oil’s Refining and Transportation Engineering Department where he worked as a design engineer for two years. He then transferred to Amoco Pipeline Company where he served as the District Engineer for 4.5 years in their West Texas Region. In 1998, Leith transferred to Houston to begin working on Amoco Pipeline’s offshore assets. In 1999, BP and Amoco merged together and Leith continued to work projects and technical issues within the Gulf of Mexico region until 2002. He then transferred into the Mardi Gras Project where he served as Project Manager for the Okeanos Pipeline connection into the Destin Pipeline System at the Main Pass 260 platform. In 2004, Leith returned to BP Pipelines where he assumed the role of Facilities Engineer for the Mardi Gras Transportation System (MGTS). In 2006, he was named as Technical Authority for Offshore and Subsea Systems within the Facilities Engineering Team.
Leith is a member of American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Marine Technology Society and the Houston Pipeliner’s Association, and he holds a BSME from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas.