Combined Cycle Power Generation Facilities

How do they work?

Natural gas combined cycle power generation facilities are a high efficiency, environmentally attractive form of power generation necessary to meet the growing demand for electricity in Alberta.

Combined cycle power facilities are comprised of both gas and steam power production technologies. A combined cycle power facility uses both a gas and a steam turbine simultaneously to produce up to 50 per cent more electricity from the same amount of fuel than a traditional simple cycle facility. This is because all of the wasted heat from the gas turbine is recovered and converted into high-pressure steam, which drives the steam turbine and generates additional electricity.