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An optimisation model for scheduling the decommissioning of an offshore wind farm

  • Chandra Ade IrawanEmail author
  • Graham Wall
  • Dylan Jones
Regular Article


An optimisation model is proposed for scheduling the decommissioning of an offshore wind farm in order to minimise the total cost which is comprised of jack-up vessel, barge (transfer) vessel, inventory, processing and on-land transportation costs. This paper also presents a comprehensive review of the strategic issues relating to the decommissioning process and of scheduling models that have been applied to offshore wind farms. A mathematical model using integer linear programming is developed to determine the optimal schedule considering several constraints such as the availability of vessels and planning delays. As the decommissioning problem is challenging to solve, a matheuristic approach based on the hybridisation of a heuristic approach and an exact method is also proposed to find near optimal solutions for a test set of problems. A set of computational experiments has been carried out to assess the proposed approach.


Scheduling Offshore wind farm Renewable energy Matheuristic 



The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme under the agreement SCP2-GA-2013-614020 (LEANWIND: Logistic Efficiencies And Naval architecture for Wind Installations with Novel Developments).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Nottingham University Business School ChinaUniversity of Nottingham Ningbo ChinaNingboChina
  2. 2.Department of Mathematics, Centre for Operational Research and LogisticsUniversity of PortsmouthPortsmouthUK

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