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.