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Using Operations Research to Plan Natural Gas Production and Transportation on the Norwegian Continental Shelf

  1. Vibeke Stærkebye Nørstebø,
  2. Peter Schütz,
  3. Marte Fodstad,
  4. Lars Hellemo,
  5. Kjetil Midthun,
  6. Frode Rømo,
  7. Asgeir Tomasgard

Published Online: 15 FEB 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470400531.eorms1002

Wiley Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science

Wiley Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science

How to Cite

Nørstebø, V. S., Schütz, P., Fodstad, M., Hellemo, L., Midthun, K., Rømo, F. and Tomasgard, A. 2011. Using Operations Research to Plan Natural Gas Production and Transportation on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. Wiley Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science. .

Author Information

  1. SINTEF Technology and Society, Department of Applied Economics, Trondheim, Norway

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 FEB 2011

Abstract

Decisions regarding natural gas production, processing, and transportation in interconnected networks depend on each other. Changes in the system affect both its capacity and flexibility. We discuss the main elements of the GassOpt model, an application developed to ensure optimal operation of this network by considering the complete system, its integration, and to provide valuable insights in the dependencies between the different system elements. The objective of GassOpt is to maximize the total flow of natural gas from the North Sea to the customers. The model determines the optimal routing, processing, and blending of natural gas ensuring that demand and quality constraints are satisfied. The application is used by natural gas producers and network operators to plan their activities, to evaluate the operational consequences of plans and investment decisions, and to maximize the value of their operations.

Keywords:

  • natural gas;
  • production and tranportation planning;
  • GassOpt model