Pelican Point Power Station

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Pelican Point Power Station
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Pelican Point Power Station is located in South Australia
Pelican Point Power Station
Location of Pelican Point Power Station in South Australia
Country Australia
Location Pelican Point, South Australia
Coordinates 34°45′47″S 138°30′18″E / 34.76306°S 138.50500°E / -34.76306; 138.50500Coordinates: 34°45′47″S 138°30′18″E / 34.76306°S 138.50500°E / -34.76306; 138.50500
Commission date 2001
Owner(s) GDF Suez Australian Energy
Thermal power station
Primary fuel Natural gas
Cooling source Sea
Power generation
Units operational Half capacity: one gas and one steam turbine
Nameplate capacity 485 MW

The Pelican Point Power Station is located at Pelican Point, 20 km from the centre of Adelaide, South Australia on the Lefevre Peninsula. It is operated by GDF Suez Australian Energy, a subsidiary of Engie, which owns 72 per cent of the power station. Mitsui owns the remaining 28 per cent. It burns natural gas in a combined cycle power station, comprising two 160 MW gas turbines and one 165 MW steam turbine, to generate up to 485 MW of electricity.[1]

Construction began in 1999. The plant has two GT13E2 gas turbines manufactured by ABB (now Alstom). The plant, including steam turbine and heat recovery steam generator (HRSG), was manufactured and constructed by ABB.

Fuel is supplied via either the SEAGas pipeline, which runs from the Iona gas plant in Victoria to the Pelican Point power station, or the Moomba Adelaide Pipeline System (MAPS), which supplies gas from Moomba to Adelaide.

Reduced operation[edit]

Since March 2013 the power station has generally operated at half capacity due to over-capacity in the South Australian region of the National Electricity Market. Grid generation capacity was reduced in early 2016 when the Northern Power Station closed. Generation at Pelican Point was increased to full capacity at the request of the South Australian government for at least a week in July 2016, due to much of the state's wind generation being offline due to damaging high winds, and the Heywood interconnector being unavailable due to works associated with a planned increase in its capacity.[2]

Community engagement[edit]

Since 2002 International Power have allowed school and community groups to tour Pelican Point Power Station. The tours were originally designed and run by The Investigator Science and Technology Centre, and were taken over by SciWorld when the Investigator closed in 2006. Since January 2009 the tours have been operated by Mobile Science Education.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Industry Tour: Pelican Point Power Station" (PDF). Mobile Science Education. Retrieved 25 December 2015. 
  2. ^ Wills, Daniel (13 July 2016). "Key SA employers on verge of shutting down as power prices surged during storm". The Advertiser. Retrieved 14 July 2016. 

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