The intent of this study was to rigorously look at all of the possible expansion, investment, operational, and C02purchase/recompression scenarios (over 2500) to yield a strategy that would maximize net present value of the C02 project at the Rangely Weber Sand Unit. Traditional methods of project management, which involve analyzing large numbers of single case economic evaluations, was found to be too cumbersome and inaccurate for an analysis of this scope. The decision analysis methodology utilized a statistical approach which resulted in a range of economic outcomes.

Advantages of the decision analysis methodology included: a more organized approach to classification of decisions and uncertainties; a clear sensitivity method to identify the key uncertainties; an application of probabilistic analysis through the decision tree; and a comprehensive display of the range of possible outcomes for communication to decision makers. This range made it possible to consider the upside and downside potential of the options and to weigh these against the Unit's strategies. Savings in time and manpower required to complete the study were also realized.

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