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2012 Awards for Excellence
Article Type: 2012 Awards for Excellence From: International Journal of Energy Sector Management, Volume 7, Issue 1
The following article was selected for this year's Outstanding Paper Award for
International Journal of Energy Sector Management
“A stochastic optimisation framework for analysing economic returns and risk distribution in the LNG business”
Haydn I. FurlongeLNG and Investment Analysis, The National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago, Pt Lisas, Trinidad and Tobago
Purpose – The liquefied natural gas (LNG) business comprises a number of economic activities with inherent risks. The purpose of this paper is to propose an integrated modelling approach, as part of the investment decision-making process, for optimising economic returns from LNG whilst taking into account uncertainty in various key input parameters.
Design/methodology/approach – Inter-linked cash flow and pricing models of the LNG chain were constructed. Net present value was maximised based on selection of netback pricing variables and level of investment shareholding. Constraints were placed on the minimum acceptable returns. The risk affinity of the decision maker was captured in the form of a chance-constrained optimisation problem. A genetic algorithm was applied for numerical optimisation, in combination with Monte Carlo simulations to account for the stochastic nature of the problem.
Findings – Based on the results of a case study, the deterministic solution, having no consideration to uncertainty, was found to be both sub-optimal and provided an unsatisfactory risk outcome. The stochastic approach yielded an optimal solution with due consideration to risk. Various scenarios show that the choice of the decision variables significantly impacts the trade-off between risk and returns along the LNG chain to government and investor.
Research limitations/implications – The suitability of the methodology to the operational phase of the LNG business which incorporates different elements of risk, such as market dynamics and logistics, is as yet untested.
Originality/value – This framework may be useful in the formulation of optimal commercial structure of firms, investment portfolio and gas/LNG pricing arrangements for host governments involved in the LNG business.
Keywords Decision making, Energy industry, Liquefied natural gas, Modelling, Natural gas, Optimization techniques, Profit maximization, Risk analysis
This article originally appeared in Volume 5 Number 4, 2011, pp. 471-93 International Journal of Energy Sector Management
The following articles were selected for this year's Highly Commended Award
“Green energy sources (GES) selection based on multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA)”
Asim Datta, Amitava Ray, Gautam Bhattacharya and Hiranmay Saha
This article originally appeared in Volume 5 Number 2, 2011, International Journal of Energy Sector Management
“Technological risk: a criterion for the optimisation of future EU energy supply scenarios”
Andrea Carpignano, Chiara Nironi and Francesco Ganci
This article originally appeared in Volume 5 Number 1, 2011, International Journal of Energy Sector Management
“A framework for equitable apportionment of emission reduction commitments to mitigate global warming”
Joy P. Vazhayil, Vinod K. Sharma and R. Balasubramanian
This article originally appeared in Volume 5 Number 3, 2011, International Journal of Energy Sector Management
Professor Turgul DiamPortland State University, USA
Professor Kathleen AranoFort Hays State University, USA