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Gas to Power

From Natural Gas to Electricity

Who should attend?

  • This training aims to provide a comprehensive technical and economic review of natural gas and its use to produce electricity through thermal power plants and other combined cycles adapted to the country's context.
Public :
  • This training is aimed at managers, regulators, economists, lawyers, financiers, engineers and technicians looking for technical information about power generation facilities using natural gas as primary energy.

Level :Knowledge

Prerequisite :
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience in the energy sector.

Course Content


      • Overview of fossil and renewable primary energy resources: definitions, characteristics and prices.
      • Opportunities for natural gas in the global energy mix.
      • World electricity resources: definitions, origins.
      • Natural gas:
      • International gas scene: the role of gas in global energy demand.
      • Types and characteristics of natural gas fields. Production techniques.
      • Natural gas processing and bringing to commercial specifications.
      • Transportation:
      • Transport and storage of natural gas in the gas phase.
      • Transport of natural gas in liquid phase. LNG and regasification.
      • Economic aspect of gas:
      • Gas markets.
      • Gas contracts, specifics of LNG contracts, prices, shipping contracts.

      • Introduction to thermal power plants.
      • The power grid.
      • Electricity demand.
      • Electric power generation: principle, advantages and drawbacks:
      • Characteristics of thermodynamic cycles associated with thermal power plants: Carnot and Rankine cycles.
      • Energy performance characteristics.
      • Overview of the different power plants and characteristic equipment.
      • Environmental considerations.
      • Concept of energy performance. Energy quantification:
      • Energy balance.
      • Energy efficiency.

      • The different power plant sectors: Thematic power plants, combined gas/steam, nuclear and renewable cycles:
      • Description and operating conditions.
      • Fuels.
      • Main equipment.
      • Performance.
      • Consideration of externalities: CO2, regulations, quota systems, prices.
      • Combined cycles: gas/steam.
      • Production of heat and energy:
      • Steam production.
      • End use of steam.
      • Gas turbines and energy recovery.
      • Project development and production cost:
      • Project structure.
      • Economic criteria for cost of production: OECA.
      • Energy independence: choosing the right channels for each country.
      • Discounted energy cost: definition and examples.
      • Comparison of projects.

      • Gas power plant overview: advantages of gas turbines and combined cycle power plants.
      • History and development.
      • Operation and maintenance.
      • Structure and organization chart of an operating company.
      • Renewable power plants: the choice of the solar thermal and PV sector:
      • Development and current technologies.
      • Efficiency and costs.
      • Management of an electrical production park: role of CCGTs:
      • Management of the energy portfolio and price risk.
      • Operational excellence: optimization of operation and maintenance, local and corporate management.
      • The long term - Investment choices for a generating fleet:
      • Project organization and management: tendering, organization and planning, supplier selection, chronology of the development and construction phase, cost structure and financing.
      • Contractual structuring: fuel supply contract, power sales contract, operation and maintenance structure.
      • Fundamentals of the electricity markets:
      • Electricity network.
      • Price formation.
      • Modelling and forecasting of electricity demand.

Learning Objectives

  • At the end of the training, participants will be able to:
  • explain the basics of natural gas production and transportation, its markets and use,
  • provide technical knowledge about electricity generating installations and the principle of operation of the equipment used in such installations,
  • understand the economics and operation of power plants, in particular combined cycle and renewable power plants,
  • make a choice of an energy mix appropriate to the country context,
  • detail the treatment technologies available to produce energy efficiently,
  • understand the management of an electrical network.

Ways & Means

  • Numerous exercises inspired by the electricity, gas and thermal power plant industries.
To French entities : IFP Training is referenced to DataDock ; you may contact your OPCO about potential funding.
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