ROLE OF TRANSPORTATION OF ENERGY IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE SOUTHWEST
The total cost of an energy transportation project consists of hard costs which are directly measurable in traditional ways, and soft costs which reflect social impacts, political conflict, environmental damage, and other less readily quantifiable impacts. Soft costs and benefits are playing an increasingly important role in decision making for western energy projects. General models for estimating the hard costs of unit train and coal slurry pipeline transportation of coal were developed and run. It was found that soft costs such as the political difficulty of obtaining water for slurry pipelines may outweigh the hard costs.
- Prepared by California Univ., Los Angeles. Inst. of Geophysics and Planetary Physics.
Lake Powell Research ProjectLos Angeles, CA United States
University of California, Los AngelesInstitute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics
Los Angeles, CA United States 90024
National Science FoundationApplied Science and Research Applications, 1800 G Street, NW
Washington, DC United States 20550
- Anderson, O L
- ROGOZEN, M B
- Publication Date: 1977-8
- Pagination: 47 p.
- TRT Terms: Alternatives analysis; Analysis; Cargo handling; Coal; Coal industry; Costs; Economic models; Forecasting; Freight traffic; Petroleum; Pipeline transportation; Railroad transportation; Slurry pipelines; Traffic forecasting; Transportation; Unit trains
- Uncontrolled Terms: Cost analysis
- Geographic Terms: Southwestern States
- Old TRIS Terms: Energy transport
- Subject Areas: Economics; Transportation (General);
- Accession Number: 00190790
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
- Report/Paper Numbers: BULL-50, NSF/RA-770587
- Contract Numbers: NSF-ENV72-03470
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Mar 28 1979 12:00AM