IMPLICATION OF WORLD COAL DEMAND ON U.S. PORT STRATEGIC PLANNING. FINAL REPORT

The Coal Logistics System (COLS) is developed and used to determine the effects of world coal demands on U.S. ports. The model simultaneously solves for the optimal sources and qualities of coal for export, systemwide least cost routes and modes for transporting coal, and the locations and activity levels of coal transhipments, or other maritime improvements at U.S. ports. Information regarding the necessary investment in coal handling equipment and operating costs at those ports is also provided. A number of scenarios were run with COLS, differing by assumptions made and data used. Some ports were found to have locational advantages with respect to the source of coal vis-a-vis its demand. Scenario results indicate that other ports can participate in the export trade without an appreciable increase in systemwide costs and could be encouraged to do so to increase reliability of U.S. coal supply and foster competition.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Boston University

    Center for Energy and Environmental Studies
    Boston, MA  United States  02118
  • Authors:
    • Osleeb, J P
    • Ratick, S J
    • Buckley, P
    • Lee, K T
    • Kuby, M
  • Publication Date: 1983-10

Media Info

  • Pagination: 114 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00386688
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Energy Research Abstracts
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 30 1984 12:00AM