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A System to Evaluate Gas Network Capacities: Concepts and Implementation

  • In 2005 the European Union liberalized the gas market with a disruptive change and decoupled trading of natural gas from its transport. The gas is now trans- ported by independent so-called transmissions system operators or TSOs. The market model established by the European Union views the gas transmission network as a black box, providing shippers (gas traders and consumers) the opportunity to transport gas from any entry to any exit. TSOs are required to offer the maximum possible capacities at each entry and exit such that any resulting gas flow can be realized by the network. The revenue from selling these capacities more than one billion Euro in Germany alone, but overestimating the capacity might compromise the security of supply. Therefore, evaluating the available transport capacities is extremely important to the TSOs. This is a report on a large project in mathematical optimization, set out to develop a new toolset for evaluating gas network capacities. The goals and the challenges as they occurred in the project are described, as well as the developments and design decisions taken to meet the requirements.
Author:Benjamin HillerORCiD, Thorsten KochORCiD, Lars Schewe, Robert SchwarzORCiD, Jonas SchweigerORCiD
Document Type:Article
Parent Title (English):European Journal of Operational Research
First Page:797
Last Page:808
Year of first publication:2018
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