Optimisation of LNG mixed-refrigerant processes considering operation and design objectives

Prue Hatcher, Rajab Khalilpour, Ali Abbas

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This paper presents a systematic analysis of optimisation formulations for the LNG process. It focuses on the construction and testing of eight objective functions with an aim to identify the most appropriate formulation. Four objective functions relate to the operational aspect of the LNG process, while four concentrate on the design aspect. It was found that the most effective operation optimisation objective function is the minimisation of the major operating cost, being compressor power (W s). For the design objective functions, the minimisation of Net Present Value (NPV) is favoured where no restriction exists on the area available for LNG plant construction while minimising the objective function (W s-UA) is favoured in case where a limit on the plant area is imposed. Finally, a methodology is constructed for using both design and operation objective functions over the life of the LNG plant, considering gas field feed profile.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-133
Number of pages11
JournalComputers and Chemical Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jun 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Design and operation
  • Liquefied natural gas
  • LNG
  • Mixed-refrigerant
  • Objective function
  • Optimisation

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