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Abstract: "This paper presents a mixed-integer nonlinear programming (MINLP) model for performing structural and parameter optimization of utility plants that satisfy given electrical, mechanical and heating demands of industrial processes. In this model a non-linear objective function that accounts for the cost of equipment and operation is minimized. The proposed approach allows for the simultaneous optimization of the configuration, and selection of flowrates, enthalpies and steam turbine efficiencies. All major conventional utility plant equipment are included in the superstructure for the MINLP model. The proposed approach is not only useful for synthesis, but also for analyzing different design alternatives. The model has been implemented in the computer package STEAM, and several applications are reported to illustrate the program capabilities, including a comparison with a simplified MILP model."