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Optimization of capacity expansion planning for gas transportation networks

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  • Andre, Jean
  • Bonnans, Frédéric
  • Cornibert, Laurent
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    This paper presents techniques for solving the problem of minimizing investment costs on an existing gas transportation network. The goal of this program is to find, first, the optimal location of pipeline segments to be reinforced and, second, the optimal sizes (among a discrete commercial list of diameters) under the constraint of satisfaction of demands with high enough pressure for all users. The paper develops new heuristics for solving this large-scale integer NLP problem, based on a two phases approach. The first one solves a continuous relaxation of the problem. A generalized potential formulation of the gas transportation networks including valves and compressor stations is introduced in order to find an initial point of the optimization solver. Phase two consists in choosing discrete values of diameters only among the set of pipes that have been reinforced in the continuous relaxation. A Branch & Bound scheme is then applied to a limited number of values in order to generate good solutions with reasonable computational effort on real-world applications.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal European Journal of Operational Research.

    Volume (Year): 197 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 3 (September)
    Pages: 1019-1027

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:ejores:v:197:y:2009:i:3:p:1019-1027

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    Keywords: OR in energy Global optimization Branch & Bound Gas networks Dimensioning;

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    Cited by:
    1. Franziska Holz & Philipp M. Richter & Ruud Egging, 2013. "The Role of Natural Gas in a Low-Carbon Europe: Infrastructure and Regional Supply Security in the Global Gas Model," Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin 1273, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.
    2. Bosman, M.G.C. & Bakker, V. & Molderink, A. & Hurink, J.L. & Smit, G.J.M., 2012. "Planning the production of a fleet of domestic combined heat and power generators," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 216(1), pages 140-151.
    3. Massol, O., 2011. "A cost function for the natural gas transmission industry: further considerations," Working Papers 11/03, Department of Economics, City University London.
    4. Massol, O. & Tchung-Ming, S., 2012. "Joining the CCS Club! Insights from a Northwest European CO2 Pipeline Project," Working Papers 12/10, Department of Economics, City University London.

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