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IS-BILAT-Mobilitet Norge-USA /Canada

Research leave at MIT LFEE for Asgeir Tomasgard

Tildelt: kr 0,24 mill.

Infrastructure for natural gas production and processing often has a lifetime of 30 years and more. This means that the operational use of the infrastructure and the requirements for its design typically change over its lifetime. Strategic decision suppor t models for investment analysis need to capture the long term uncertainty and be able to value short term operational flexibility. In a dynamic sequence of initial investments, capacity expansion and new investments, the natural gas value chain is gradua lly developed over a long time horizon. We have identified two industrial research cases where we already have some cooperation with Norwegian industry (Statoil, Hydro). -Offshore natural gas value chains -Investments in natural gas based energy system s infrastructure We will analyse long term investments in infrastructure for these caes using the main methodologies: -Stochastic programming -Large scale (non-convex) optimization -Process control -Economical modelling The main cooperation at MIT wil l be with prof. Paul Barton who is a specialist in large scale optimization, dynamic integer programming as well as process control and design (Selected references are included). The modelling and solution methods developed in the project will focus o n: -Merging stochastic programming methodology with ideas of integrated process design and operation of the gas value chain. Here mathematical models combining technology, contractual arrangements and markets are important -Modelling and valuing operation al flexibility in long term investment analysis -Investigate how short term flexibility is important for long term strategic decisions


IS-BILAT-Mobilitet Norge-USA /Canada


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