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Locating and sizing plants for bottling propane in south India

Sankaran, Jayaram K and Raghavan, Srinivasa NR (1997) Locating and sizing plants for bottling propane in south India. In: Interfaces, 27 (6). pp. 1-15.

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Abstract

Shri Shakti LPG Ltd. (SSLPG) imports and markets propane (referred to as liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in India) in south India. It sells LPG in packed (cylinder) form to domestic customers and commercial establishments through a network of dealers. Dealers replenish their stocks of filled cylinders from bottling plants, which in turn receive LPG in bulk from the cheaper of SSLPG's two import-and-storage facilities that are located on the Indian coast. We implemented integer programming to help SSLPG decide on the locations and long-run sizes of its bottling plants. We estimate that our recommended configuration of bottling plants is about $1 million cheaper annually than the one that SSLPG had initially planned.

Item Type: Journal Article
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Department/Centre: Division of Electrical Sciences > Computer Science & Automation (Formerly, School of Automation)
Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2011 09:57
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2011 09:57
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/38288

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