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Vol. 3 No. 4; April 2013( abstract 2)

Design and Model of Supply Chain Network for the Biodiesel Refinery Industry in the Southern Region of Thailand
Wichuta Saungmuang, Sakesun Suthammanon, Pallapat Penchamrat, Nikorn Sirivongpaisal

The present research study examines the total system wide cost of the biodiesel industry in southern Thailand through supply chain modeling. This information is used to consider the total systemwide cost of the supply chainnetwork and investigate the location and capacity allocation of biodiesel refinery plants in order to minimize the total cost. Supply chain in the research study consists of suppliers, Cruded-Palm-Oil plants, biodiesel refineries, depots, refineries, and gas stations, which are prevalent in southern Thailand.Models developed can be useful in decision making for those involved in the strategic planning of energy substitutionin Thailand.

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