Determining the performance and network properties of petrochemical clusters

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The reliance of the petrochemical industry on fossil-based sources will need to be reduced by the introduction of Alternative carbon sources (ACS). Introducing ACS in a petrochemical cluster will require existing processes to be modified or replaced, potentially affecting other chemical processes within the cluster due to existing material and energy interconnections. Therefore, it is important to understand the current level of interconnections, functioning, and performance of the petrochemical cluster before introducing ACS. In this work, a representative cluster model based on the petrochemical cluster of the Port of Rotterdam was developed and considered as a case study. This model was analyzed using complex network analysis and environmental and technical key performance indicators. The selected key performance indicators (KPIs) provide insight into the performance of a petrochemical cluster, while the network properties give an understanding of the exchange of material and energy in an industrial cluster.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputer Aided Chemical Engineering
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Publication series

NameComputer Aided Chemical Engineering
ISSN (Print)1570-7946

Bibliographical note

Green Open Access added to TU Delft Institutional Repository ‘You share, we take care!’ – Taverne project Otherwise as indicated in the copyright section: the publisher is the copyright holder of this work and the author uses the Dutch legislation to make this work public.


  • alternative carbon sources
  • complex network properties
  • key performance indicators
  • material transition
  • petrochemical cluster


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