Economic analysis of crude oil pipelines applied to Caspian options

The Middle European crude oil pipeline (MERO) began operating in 1996, delivering crude from the TransAlpine Pipeline to the Czech Republic and thus enabling independence from Russian crude oil supply. (Photograph from ILF Consulting Engineers, Munich)Click here to enlarge imageTransportation costs for moving crude oil through long-distance (1,000 km and more) pipelines vary under such influences as throughput, pipe diameter, energy-unit rate, utilization factor, and amortization. A method for weighting these elements is explained here and results are applied to transportation alternatives for crude oil pipeline options from the Caspian region to China and to the West, respectively.It i...

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