Combined Cycle Power Plant Program


(Power & Water)

Outstanding Features

The course will help participants to gain high level knowledge on major aspects of thermal power generation technologies.

This will include technology applications, cycle design issues including performance development, configuration screening and optimization techniques, fuel and other utility requirements, emissions, layout, plant equipment and system related issues, equipment suppliers (OEMs) for both the Combined Cycle (CC) and Conventional (Rankine Cycle) power plants.

Course Overview

This three-day course will take participants through the various components of a thermal power plant areas which will be covered, will include the technologies including Rankine Cycle (RC) and Combined Cycle (CC), thermodynamic principles and applications. Participants will gain exposure to the various types of fuel for thermal power plants and their major equipment.

The course will also address plant systems, performance development and optimization. Participants will be challenged to consider the factors which affect performance and the use of technology/configuration screening. On a broader scale, the course will also address emissions, equipment suppliers and market trends.

Target Audience

Managers, Business Development, Finance, Contracts, Engineers, Plant Operators, and Maintenance personnel (Minimum 2 years’ experience).

You Will Learn How to

To gain up to date basic knowledge on Thermal Power Plants. You will learn how to:

  • Select the proper technology/configuration for thermal power generation
  • Optimize power plant performance and design
  • Perform value engineering
  • Control emissions
  • Reduce water consumption and waste water discharge
  • Operate the plant to support varying demands and renewable integration
  • Minimize operating cost of the power plant


Fuel: This will include the comparisons of various types of fuel that can be fired in a thermal power plant and the suitable power generation technology for the specific type of fuel.

Technology: This will include cycle diagrams, heat and mass balance schematics of each of the cycles. Pictorial views and schematics will be provided to show major equipment and systems for each of the technology options.

Major Equipment: This would include a short description and design features of various equipment involved in the design of each of the CC and RC technologies. The equipment will typically include Gas Turbines and; HRSGs (specific to CC plants), Boilers, Fans and Feed water heaters (specific to RC Plants), Steam turbines, condensers / cooling towers or air-cooled condensers and major pumps (apply to both CC and; RC plants), emission control equipment for each system.

Plant Systems: Schematics of main steam, hot reheat, cold reheat extraction / LP steam, Feed Water, Condensate, system for the power cycle plus fuel, plant water, compressed air, closed cooling water and waste water systems for the balance of plant systems.

Performance Development and Optimization: Live heat balance models will be demonstrated during the course. The HMB model will also be used to demonstrate the impacts of cycle operating parameters on plant performance.

Factors Affecting Performance: Describe the performance impacts due to variations in ambient temperature, site elevation, gas turbine Inlet/exhaust pressure loss for the CC plant. Similar introduction will be given for the Rankine Cycle plant to verify the impacts of ambient temperature, feed water heater arrangement on the performance.

Optimization Techniques: The HMB model will be used to demonstrate the impacts of cycle operating parameters on plant performance and techniques adopted to optimize the cycle design to achieve better performance while staying within commercially available equipment design parameters.

Technology / Configuration Screening: A case study along with a live demonstration will be presented to screen different configurations for the CC plant technologies based on Levelized Cost of Electricity Approach.

Emissions: Regulatory requirements based on the World Bank / US EPA will be discussed. Available emission control technologies for NOX,CO,VOC, SO2,PM will be presented for each type of plant. The presentation will also include discussions on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Equipment Suppliers (OEMs): This would include a general discussion of major equipment suppliers and their current offerings. Major Equipment will cover gas turbines, HRSG, steam turbines, boilers, condenser, cooling tower, and air-cooled condenser.

Market Trend: The overview of global trend in thermal power plant technology in new thermal power plants will be presented with commentary on market drivers (fuel cost, performance, turndown, renewable integration and others).

Course Details

The outline below is representative of an 8 hour working day. The number of days can be increased to 5 days if needed. The course content will be expanded accordingly to suit the schedule.

Day 1: Morning session: 4-hour duration with 15 to 20 minutes breaks between each topics for questions and answers.

Morning Session: Fuel, Technology Description, Major Equipment and Plant Systems

Afternoon Session: Performance Development and Optimization

Day 2: Morning session: 4-hour duration with 15 to 20 minutes breaks between each topic for questions and answers.

Morning Session: Revisit HMB model development and live demonstration to verify the impacts of various factors affecting performance followed by optimization techniques based on HMB tool for each of the technologies.

Afternoon Session: Technology/Configuration Screening with a live demonstration to verify the impacts on various economic parameters on the technology and configuration selection.

Day 3: Morning session: 4-our duration with 10-15 minutes breaks between each topic for questions and answers.

Morning Session: Emissions, OEMs and Market Trend, Questions and Answers

Afternoon Session: Quizzes and; Test, Wrap Up.

Course Length

3 Days

Course Director

Cynthia Manning


Upon completion, you will receive a Worley Academy Certificate of Completion

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