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Application of Multi-Nodal Network Simulation Models in Debottlenecking Complex Pipeline Network

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Dumitru Cernelev, Allan Chegus

Stream Systems Inc., Calgary, AB, Canada

Frank Lin

Enbridge Pipelines Inc., Calgary, AB, Canada

Paper No. IPC2014-33349, pp. V004T08A010; 7 pages
  • 2014 10th International Pipeline Conference
  • Volume 4: Production Pipelines and Flowlines; Project Management; Facilities Integrity Management; Operations and Maintenance; Pipelining in Northern and Offshore Environments; Strain-Based Design; Standards and Regulations
  • Calgary, Alberta, Canada, September 29–October 3, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: Pipeline Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4613-1
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME


The problem of identifying and removing bottlenecks in a multi-terminal oil & gas pipeline network while achieving quality and delivery targets is a very real and complex problem. The most effective way to meet the above business objective is to develop a terminal network simulation model.

This paper is a case study describing the approach in designing a complex multi-nodal pipeline network simulation model with objective to resolve a critical inter-company storage problem for a major refiner.

Various complex system modeling techniques and approaches are elaborated with a focus on practical application. A case study is also presented to demonstrate the practical application of the modeling techniques for terminal network simulation model development.

Copyright © 2014 by ASME



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