Pelican Point Education Centre
Pelican Point power station (located 20km north-west of the Adelaide central business district) was commissioned in March 2001 and is one of Australia’s most efficient power stations. It is jointly owned by ENGIE and Mitsui & Co Ltd with 72 per cent and 28 per cent ownership respectively.
This mid merit power station uses a Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) technology to produce up to 497 MW of electricity which is about 17% of South Australia’s thermal generation needs.
Pelican Point Power Station has two gas turbines and a steam turbine. The waste heat from the Gas turbines is recovered to produce steam which drives the Steam Turbine Generator, thereby raising the efficiency of the plant. The power station has an energy efficiency exceeding 50%. Because of its high efficiency, this plant has a very low carbon footprint which is 60% less than other power stations running with conventional technology.
Pelican Point Power station is a critical infrastructure asset in ensuring energy security and system stability in South Australia.
Pelican Point Education Centre
ENGIE, in conjunction with Mobile Science Education, offers guided educational tours of Pelican Point power station. Each year approximately 2,500 students visit the station to find out more about the process of generating electricity. All tours are free and are tailored to the age of the students attending. The class visits are conducted by a member of Mobile Science Education and involve activities at the education centre and a tour of the power station.
Learning about electricity – What is it and how do we generate it?
Tour of the site – After the process of generation has been explained see it in action!
Hands on electricity related activities – Try the activities at the education centre to explore electricity in use.
Education Tour Available
All tours must be booked through Mobile Science Education
- Maximum of 30 students per tour.
- Tours are run on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (contact Mobile Science Education for times). Other times can be arranged to suit.
- Each tour takes approximately 1.5 hours.
- Tours are run to suit the age of the students or the purpose of the group.
- Local community groups are also welcome to visit the centre.
For more information
Please contact Mobile Science Education directly via the details below:
How does gas-fired power work?add add
Gas-fired power stations burn natural gas to produce electricity.
There are two main ways they do this – open cycle and combined cycle.
Open Cycle Gas Turbine
Open-cycle production is the most common method. Natural gas is burned to create a pressurised gas, which powers a turbine that is connected to a generator. The turbine turns the magnets in the generator to create electricity.
The Combined-Cycle Gas & Steam Turbine (CCGT) plant generates energy using two different types of turbines in combination: a gas turbine and a steam turbine. In essence, it recycles its fuel to maximise its electricity output. ENGIE’s Pelican Point Power Station uses this ingenious method of electricity generation.
The hot gases generated by burning natural gas power the gas turbine. The gases are still hot enough to generate steam in a heat recovery boiler which is then used in a steam turbine. The combination of these two thermodynamic cycles increases plant efficiency to in excess of 50%, which is much higher than the 35% to 40% achieved by traditional plants.
Location: North-west of Adelaide CBD, Western Australia
Maximum Capacity: 120 MW
Comissioned: March 2001
- Combined Cycle Gas Turbine Technology
- Above 50% energy efficiency rating
- Low carbon footprint
- 497 MW of electricity generation
- Provision of power of 17% of SA thermal generation needs
- One of Australia’s top environmentally friendly power stations