A key focus of the Centre for Optimal Planning and Operations at NIER is productivity and efficiency.

Productivity and Efficiency for Energy and Resources

Ships in portThe energy and resources sectors are critical drivers of the Australian economy.  The energy supply industry directly contributed over $90 billion to the Australian economy in 2010/11. 

The Australian coal and petroleum industries contributed approximately $56 billion to industry value added in 2010/11.  The Australian electricity and gas supply industries contributed another $23.6 billion to industry value added.  Together they represented 6% of GDP.

To remain globally competitive, efficiency and productivity gains are vital in these sectors and a key focus of the research at the Centre for Optimal Planning and Operations (C-OPT) operating within the Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER).

The optimisation specialists at C-OPT use advanced analytical techniques to investigate aspects of industry, business, and other organisational activities as a basis for making smarter decisions and improving operational practice. Cutting costs for organisations by getting more out of their existing resources is a key outcome of such improvements.

The University of Newcastle has a strong commitment to fundamental and applied research.  The Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) world-class rating of 5 for Applied Mathematics reflects the Universitys strategic appointments of world leading researchers in C-OPT.

Read the case studies to see how C-OPT works for the energy and resource sector.