Pelican Point

The ingenious method of generation by Pelican Point Power Station makes it a leading electricity generator in the industry

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
Combined Cycle Gas Turbine Technology
Above 50% energy efficiency rating
Low carbon footprint
497 MW of electricity generation
Provision of power to 17% of SA thermal generation needs
One of Australia’s top environmentally friendly power stations
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.

Further Information

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:

Ph: (08) 8395 9586 or 0430 588 757



Natural gas is a colourless, odorless, flammable gas that usually contains about 90% methane. It can be found in deep underground rock formations, often alongside oil or coal. It’s one of the main energy sources in the world. As a lower intensive fossil fuel, natural gas is playing a crucial role in helping the world transition to low-carbon energy production.

Although coal and oil still account for around 60% of global energy consumption, natural gas meets 21% of global demand. Offering much lower CO2 emissions than other fossil fuels, it’s an important alternative that provides a low-carbon bridge on the road to a zero-carbon future.

Gas-fired electricity generation – such as ENGIE’s Pelican Point Power Station in South Australia – makes an important contribution to energy security and stability, as well as complementing renewables, such as wind and solar. Following a $75 million upgrade, the 487MW Pelican Point Power Station is one of the most environmentally friendly of its type in Australia.

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