Implementing a successful performance evaluation strategy for a Combined Cycle Gas Turbine Power Plant


About The Course

This course will provide a detailed examination of the operational requirements of a Combined Cycle Power Plant. The systems of both gas turbines and steam turbines will be covered in detail together the control and protection requirements for the power plant. Further information will be provided as regards emissions control and monitoring together with an overview of basic troubleshooting and fault finding processes.

Key Learnings

Power Plant Configurations and Operational Options

  • Comparison between Single Shaft, Multi Shaft CCGT Power Plants

Power Plant Systems

  • Lube Oil, Hydraulic Oil, Fuel Systems, Cooling Systems

Operational Requirements

  • Starting/Shutdown Operations (using GT Simulator)
  • Loading/Unloading
  • Cold, Warm and Hot Starts
  • Alarm Processing

Control and Protection Systems

  • Speed, Temperature Control
  • Vibration, Overspeed, Overtemperature Protection

Emissions Control

  • DLN/DLE Systems

Who Should Attend

Any operational staff/supervisor/manager requiring a detailed understanding of the operations of a CCGT Power Plant. Maintenance supervisors/managers would also benefit from attending to get a clearer understanding of the main operational aspects of a CCGT.

Course Faculty - Colin Campbell

Colin Campbell

20 years experience in the Gas Turbine and Power Generation Industry

Colin has over 20 years experience in the Gas Turbine and Power Generation Industry. Having graduated from Glasgow University with a Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Colin joined John Brown Engineering (JBE) as a Controls Engineer in 1993. At this time JBE was a licensee for GE Gas Turbines and project managed the installation and commissioning of many types of GE Gas Turbine both in simple cycle and combined cycle configurations. Colin was involved in many aspects of this work including commissioning support, field service and technical training.


He spent several weeks in the US working with GE to learn the MK V Speedtronic Control System and quickly became an expert in all versions of the Speedtronic Control System. This expertise has been maintained by attending further training courses in MK VI and MK VIe Speedtronic Control Systems.


Specialising in technical training he went onto manage a technical training business for a Masaood Group Company before joining his current employer Masaood John Brown (MJB). During this time he developed the business to cover all types of rotating equipment and assisted in the development and delivery of detailed technical training programmes covering subject areas including Combined Cycle Gas Turbine Performance, Gas Turbine Technology and Steam Turbine Operations & Maintenance.


He has delivered courses at locations all over the world and to management levels for companies such as British Petroleum, Saudi Electric, ARAMCO, Gasco, Adgas, RWE Npower and Shell. He has successfully project managed the delivery of technical training programmes for several large companies covering all aspects of Power Plant Operations and Maintenance.

Topics Covered

  • CCGT Power Plant Types andConfigurations
  • Turbine Systems and Operations
  • Gas Turbine Operations including startup/shutdown sequences
  • Steam Turbine Operations
  • Combined Cycle Operations
  • Cold Start, Warm Start, Hot Start
  • Turbine Control and Protection Systems
  • Overview of Turbine ControlSystems
  • Emissions Control and Monitoring
  • Overview of CCGT Performance
  • Basic Troubleshooting Processes
This training course has a limited attendance for up to 20 participants only. Sessions commence at 9am on all days, with short intervals at 10.30am and 3.30pm respectively. Refreshments will be provided in the short intervals. Lunch will be provided at 12:30pm for 1 hour. Sessions will end at 5pm on all days.

Unique Features with powerEDGE Training

• Pre-Course Questionnaire to help us focus on your learning objectives
• Detailed Course & Reference Manual for Continuous Learning and Sharing
• Practical Exercises & Case Examples to better understand the principles
• Limited class size to ensure One-to-One Interactivity
• Assessment at the end of the course to help you develop a Personal Action Plan