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An Oil Pipeline Design Problem


  • Jack Brimberg

    (Department of Business Administration, Royal Military College of Canada, P.O. Box 17000, Station Forces, Kingston, Ontario, Canada K7K 7B4, and GERAD)

  • Pierre Hansen

    (GERAD, and École des Hautes Études Commerciales, 3000, chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine, Montréal, Québec, Canada H3T 2A7)

  • Keh-Wei Lin

    (AT&T Labs, 200 South Laurel Avenue, Middletown, New Jersey 07748)

  • Nenad Mladenović

    (Mathematical Institute, Serbian Academy of Sciences, Belgrade, Yugoslavia, and GERAD)

  • MichÈle Breton

    (GERAD, and École des Hautes Études Commerciales, 3000, chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine, Montréal, Québec, Canada H3T 2A7)


We consider a given set of offshore platforms and onshore wells producing known (or estimated) amounts of oil to be connected to a port. Connections may take place directly between platforms, well sites, and the port, or may go through connection points at given locations. The configuration of the network and sizes of pipes used must be chosen to minimize construction costs. This problem is expressed as a mixed-integer program, and solved both heuristically by Tabu Search and Variable Neighborhood Search methods and exactly by a branch-and-bound method. Two new types of valid inequalities are introduced. Tests are made with data from the South Gabon oil field and randomly generated problems.

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  • Jack Brimberg & Pierre Hansen & Keh-Wei Lin & Nenad Mladenović & MichÈle Breton, 2003. "An Oil Pipeline Design Problem," Operations Research, INFORMS, vol. 51(2), pages 228-239, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:inm:oropre:v:51:y:2003:i:2:p:228-239
    DOI: 10.1287/opre.

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