Heysham 1 is a nuclear power station on the north west coast of England near Lancaster. Heysham is the only site in the UK to have two operating nuclear power stations.
The lifetime output of Heysham 1 is 237TWh, enough to power every home in Lancashire for 93 years
83m tonnes of CO2 avoided*
The equivalent of 39.7m cars off the roads for a year
* When compared to direct emissions of combined cycle gas turbines | all figures rounded to the nearest hundred thousand
Heysham 1 careers
Heysham 1 apprenticeships
The Heysham 1 apprenticeship scheme has now closed, but new apprenticeship schemes will open for applications in autumn 2023. Details will be available later this year, but in the meantime, you can find out more, here.
Our Industrial Placements at Heysham 1 offer you the chance to gain an insight into life at EDF by discovering what it's like to work in the energy industry during a paid 12-month placement. Future opportunities will be posted here, so be sure to check back regularly, and read further information about what’s involved, here.
Internship / summer placements
Internship / summer placements
Internships and summer placements will be advertised here in March / April. Internships are offered for three months and are designed for students studying at degree level.
Heysham 1 enjoys relationships with many local schools and colleges as we look to build our links with our potential future employees. If you’re interested in doing some work experience here at Heysham 1, we can accommodate work experience placements aimed at current school / college students, for a period of up to five days. These must be pre-arranged before being undertaken. If you would like to get involved or have any questions, please email: Work.ExperienceMailb@edf-energy.com
Current Heysham 1 job vacancies
Fuel Route Technical Advice Engineer
We currently have an opening in our dynamic Fuel Route Technical Advice Group for two Technical Advice Engineers to join our team at Heysham 1.
You’ll work as part of a multi-disciplined team with responsibilities for maintenance, inspection, improvement of nuclear fuel handling plant and in-service inspections, ensuring that all work, including supervision of Contractors, is carried out in full compliance with statutory regulations, Company and site directives.
This advert will close on Sunday 4th June 2023. Interviews will take place the week commencing Monday 12th June 2023.
Heysham 1 currently has opportunities within our Maintenance Department for Technicians to join the team and support the preventative and response maintenance needs at the Power Station. We’re looking for Maintenance Technicians to join our team, who can demonstrate good technical skills, team working, good communication and a willingness to work flexibly. This advert will close on Monday 5th June 2023.
An exciting Engineering opportunity has opened up at Heysham 1 to join our highly skilled and passionate Engineering Department. We’re looking for a Civil Engineer to complement our existing Civil and Structural Engineering capability. As a Civil Engineer, you’ll have a varied and challenging spectrum of work across the Station. This position offers a fantastic opportunity to work cross functionally with a number of teams to ensure the civil structures are maintained and enhanced to support generation and future defueling and decommissioning.
This advert will on close on Sunday 28th May 2023. Interviews will take place the week commencing 12th & 19th June 2023.
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About Heysham 1
- Station Director:Martin Cheetham
- Reactor type: 2 Advanced Gas-cooled Reactors
- Total supply to the national grid: 1155 MW
- Coolant: Carbon dioxide gas (CO2)
- Start of construction: 1970
- 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)
- EDF also operates another nuclear power station in Heysham. Find out more about Heysham 2
Visit Heysham 1 power station
Our Heysham site is unique to the business, as it is our only location to have two operating nuclear power stations. Our visitor centre supports both sites – with tours taking place on Heysham 2.
The visitor centre, which opened in July 2013, has an interactive exhibition to help visitors understand more about nuclear power generation and allow people to ask questions to our trained guides. We have a fantastic classroom facility and you can pre book a tour of the power station too.
Tour time: Approx 2 hours.
Minimum age: Minimum age for the station tour is 8 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 reactor viewing gallery, the turbine hall and the control room viewing gallery (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
Heysham Power Stations Visitor Centre are fully booked for tours during the April school break 2023. We are unable to accommodate any further tours. Please do contact us if you would like to be added to the waiting list for the May school break.
Monday to Thursday: 10:00 - 16:00
Friday: 10:00 - 14:30
Weekends and bank holidays: Closed
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: 01524 868451
Address: Heysham 2 power station, Morecambe, Lancashire. LA3 2XH
Find out more about Heysham 1
Safety and reporting
EDF is one of the UK’s largest energy companies and its largest producer of low-carbon electricity.
Because nuclear safety is our overriding priority, we have produced a summary of our nuclear safety and waste policies and management systems.
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. Members of the public are invited to observe the meeting and questions will be taken at the end of session.
EDF Heysham power station
Lancashire LA3 2XH
+44 (0)1524 853131
- Media and community requests:
Heysham Visitor Centre
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How we generate our power
As Britain's biggest generator of zero carbon electricity(1) we generate power from wind + nuclear + solar.