Hartlepool power station

Hartlepool is a nuclear power station on the north east coast of England. It is capable of supplying electricity to over 2 million UK homes.

251TWh lifetime output - enough to power every home in the Tees Valley for more than 204 years

88m tonnes of CO2 avoided

the equivalent to 42.1m cars off the roads for a year

Hartlepool Power Station turns 40

Hartlepool power station first connected to the grid on 1 August 1983. Since then, it has produced enough power to meet the needs of every home in the North East for 55 years and saved the UK millions of tonnes of CO2 emissions.

We’re incredibly proud that the power station has been a key part of life in Hartlepool for decades and we look forward to what the future will bring for our colleagues and the community.

About Hartlepool

  • Station Director: Mark Lees
  • Reactor type: 2 Advanced Gas-cooled Reactors
  • Total supply to the national grid: 1185 MW
  • Coolant: Carbon dioxide gas (CO2)
  • Start of construction: 1968
  • Start of generation: 1983
  • Estimated end of generation: March 2024
  • People: Approximately 530 full time EDF employees plus over 200 full time contract partners
  • Daily plant status - find out which reactors at our eight nuclear power stations are in service and what they are generating (data updated on weekdays)

Hartlepool Heat Hub

In spring 2022 the Government’s energy strategy identified Hartlepool as one of the prime places in the country for new nuclear. 

EDF, together with our partner Atkins, are jointly pushing for Hartlepool to host an Advanced Modular nuclear Reactor (AMR).

Visit Hartlepool power station

Hartlepool visitor centre also houses The Partnership for Nature where EDF supports Natural England, Hartlepool Countryside Wardens and the Teesmouth Field Centre.

Hartlepool power station is a member of the Partnership for Nature. The borough of Hartlepool is fortunate to have habitats of international importance, a major resource for the area’s urban population; all of which you can find more about within this visitor centre. 

The objectives of the partnership are:

  • Conservation: to protect the countryside and enhance valuable wildlife habitats
  • Recreation: to encourage people to use, enjoy and appreciate the area
  • Education: to promote opportunities for learning about the local environment. A key aim of the partners is to involve the local community in its activities

Tour Information

Tour time: approx 2 hours.

Minimum age: minimum age for the station tour is 7 years old.

Bookings must be made at least 3 weeks in advance.

You will be accompanied by a trained station guide and will include the cooling water intake, turbine hall, and control room simulator (subject to availability). All site tours include a safety and security briefing and the issue of relevant PPE (personal protective equipment).

Opening hours and events

The centre is open on Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 0900 – 1600 hours, for prearranged station tours.

Alternative tour days, with the exception of weekends and bank holidays, can be accommodated by prior agreement.

Dates for your diary:​

7 December 2022 - Hartlepool Power Station Local Community Liaison Council

Frequently asked questions

If you have any questions about the visitor centre, or about taking a tour, please check our FAQs.

Contact the visitor centre on:

Telephone: 01429 853582
Address: Hartlepool power station, Tees Road, Hartlepool. TS25 2BZ
Email: hartlepoolsitetours@edf-energy.com

Find out more about Hartlepool


EDF hold regular meetings (Local Community Liaison Council or LCLC) with local people, the media, council and emergency services representatives and local politicians to maintain regular communications about the nuclear site. 

Contact Hartlepool

  • Address:
    EDF Hartlepool power station
    Tees Road
    Hartlepool TS25 2BZ

    +44 (0)1429 853535
  • Media and community requests:
    01452 652233

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