About Heysham 2

Heysham 2 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. 

  • Station Director: Mark Lees
  • Reactor type: 2 Advanced Gas-cooled Reactors
  • Total supply to the national grid: 1230 MW
  • Coolant: Carbon dioxide gas (CO2)
  • Start of construction: 1980
  • Start of generation: 1988
  • Estimated end of generation: 2030
  • People: Approximately 520 full time EDF Energy employees plus over 250 full time contract partners

Power Stations - Heysham 1 and 2

Heysham 1 and Heysham 2 are nuclear power stations on the north west coast of England near Lancaster. Heysham is the only site in the UK to have two operating nuclear power stations. 

Daily plant status

Find out which reactors at our eight nuclear power stations are in service and what they are generating.

This information is updated on weekdays.

Latest news and community updates

Format: 27/10/2020
Format: 27/10/2020
Heysham 2 power station
Thursday, April 23, 2020

Heysham 2 powers back after statutory outage

Amid the coronavirus crisis, staff at Heysham 2 power station are playing their part in powering the UK and keeping the country’s vital services operating after reactor 8 returned to service following its planned maintenance shutdown.

Heysham community 2019
Friday, January 10, 2020

Heysham's 2019 in the community

In 2019 the community team at Heysham enjoyed meeting more than 5000 people at the sites’ Visitor Centre, partnering with many local organisations and supporting some great groups. Many of these partnerships are long term and we look forward to working with them during 2020 and beyond.

Sasha Merrick apprentice of the year 2019
Friday, October 18, 2019

Sasha takes top apprentice accolade

Sasha Merrick took the main award at EDF Energy’s apprentice graduation ceremony which saw all 45 of the company’s final year apprentices commended for their efforts during the four-year training programme by Brian Cowell, EDF Energy’s managing director.


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Visit us

Drop into our visitor centre or book a station tour to see for yourself how we generate electricity in a nuclear power station. 

Our visitor centre has an interactive exhibition where you can find out more about nuclear power generation. We also offer pre-booked tours of the power station and it's all free of charge. 



EDF Energy 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. 

The next LCLC is provisionally booked for Friday 10 May. Location and timings to be confirmed nearer to the date.

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Heysham 1

EDF Energy also operates another power station in Heysham. Find out more about Heysham 1.

Safety and reporting

Safety and reporting

EDF Energy 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.

Contact us

  • Address:
    EDF Energy
    Heysham 2 power station
    LA3 2XH
  • Reception:
    +44 (0)1524 863863
  • Media requests:
    Martyn Butlin
    +44 (0)1524 863565
  • Community requests:
    Lisa Wood
    +44 (0)1524 863851

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