Facility sharing at dry-bulk terminals using game theory and simulation

S. van den Brand, T. van de Sande, Mark Duinkerken, Gabri Lodewijks

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Coal-fired power plants need a reliable and steady supply of coal for their operation. The set-up of an import terminal requires huge investments in facilities like harbour infrastructure, stockyards and equipment. When multiple power plants are closely located, sharing of facilities can be very profitable. The objective of this study is to gain insight in facility sharing for dry-bulk environments. Cooperative game theory is used to distribute the expected benefits from different levels of collaboration between participants. In order to take stochastic influences into account and also to quantify the effects of collaboration on the reliability of the terminal a detailed simulation model is built. This simulation model is used to evaluate terminal performance in possible cooperative and non-cooperative terminal configurations. The results of the study show that facility sharing is very profitable. Furthermore, the non-trivial outcome of the cost allocation proofs the value of an approach using game theory.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2015 Winter Simulation Conference (WSC'15)
EditorsL. Yilmaz, W.K. Chan, I.C. Moon, T. Roeder, C. Macal, M.D. Rosetti
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ, USA
ISBN (Print)978-1-4673-9741-4
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventWinter Simulation Conference, WSC 2015 - Huntington Beach, United States
Duration: 6 Dec 20159 Dec 2015


ConferenceWinter Simulation Conference, WSC 2015
CountryUnited States
CityHuntington Beach

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