Pelican Point Power Station
GDF SUEZ Australian Energy began operations in South Australia in 1999 when it developed and constructed the State’s first major private sector power station at Pelican Point, on the Port River, 20km north-west of the Adelaide central business district. Pelican Point is one of Australia’s most advanced, efficient and environmentally friendly power stations.
The power station uses a combined-cycle gas turbine operation to produce 479 MW of electricity - 25 per cent of South Australia’s needs.
Pelican Point is jointly owned by GDF SUEZ Australian Energy (72 per cent) and Mitsui & Co Ltd (28 per cent).
Pelican Point has an energy efficiency of more than 50 per cent, compared with older power stations which are at less than 35 per cent. The combined-cycle system also greatly reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
Other environmental features of the power station include:
- Stringent adherance to noise standards, ensuring negligible impact on local residents;
- Ground level concentrations of oxides of nitrogen that are 40 per cent better than the Australian Standard;
- Strict controls to ensure protection of the marine environment; and
70,000 trees planted around the low rise power station, turning reclaimed wasteland
into a landscaped area.
Pelican Point has been delivering electricity continuously since November 2000.