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Keywords:

  • CO2 capture and sequestration;
  • CO2 transport;
  • optimization;
  • pipeline network;
  • mixed-integer programming;
  • superstructure

Pipeline transport is the major means for large-scale and long-distance CO2 transport in a CO2 capture and sequestration (CCS) project. But optimal design of the pipeline network remains a challenging problem, especially when considering allocation of intermediate sites, like pump stations, and selection of pipeline routes. A superstructure-based mixed-integer programming approach for optimal design of the pipeline network, targeting on minimizing the overall cost in a CCS project is presented. A decomposition algorithm to solve the computational difficulty caused by the large size and nonlinear nature of a real-life design problem is also presented. To illustrate the capability of our models. A real-life case study in North China, with 45 emissions sources and four storage sinks, is provided. The result shows that our model and decomposition algorithm is a practical and cost-effective method for pipeline networks design. © 2014 American Institute of Chemical Engineers AIChE J, 60: 2442–2461, 2014