About Hinkley Point B

Hinkley Point B is a nuclear power station near Bridgwater in Somerset. The station was the first Advanced Gas-cooled Reactor to generate electricity to the grid in the UK.

  • Station Director: Peter Evans
  • Reactor type: 2 Advanced Gas-cooled Reactors
  • Total supply to the national grid: 965 MW
  • Coolant: Carbon dioxide gas (CO2)
  • Start of construction: 1967
  • Start of generation: 1976
  • Estimated decommissioning date: 2023
  • People: Approximately 535 full time EDF Energy employees, plus over 220 full time contract partners

Power station - Hinkley Point B

Hinkley Point B is a nuclear power station near Bridgwater in Somerset. The station was the first Advanced Gas-cooled Reactor to generate electricity to the grid in the UK.

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Latest news and community updates

Format: 25/06/2019
Format: 25/06/2019
HInkley Point B power station
Friday, February 1, 2019

Hinkley Point B industrial safety prosecution

EDF Energy today (1 February) attended a sentencing hearing at Taunton Crown Court. This followed an earlier hearing at which the company had submitted a guilty plea to a prosecution brought by the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. The charges relate to an incident on 12 April 2017 at Hinkley Point B which resulted in injury to a Doosan Babcock Ltd employee.
Hinkley Point B Station Director Peter Evans helps coach Bridgwater pupils.
Friday, December 15, 2017

Olympic boxing coach puts Bridgwater pupils through their paces

A Bridgwater school didn’t pull any punches following a visit by a Great Britain Olympic boxing coach. Lee Pullen, currently on a career break from EDF Energy, took time out from training 2020 Olympic podium hopefuls to visit the town and coach 80 students from Robert Blake Science College.


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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 and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority hold regular joint meetings with local people, the media, council and emergency service representatives and local politicians, to maintain regular communications about the nuclear site. This meeting is independently chaired.

The next Site Stakeholder Group meeting will be held on Friday 8 March 2019.

Safety and reporting

Safety and reporting

Our number one priority is safety. Find out about EDF Energy's commitment to Zero Harm.

Picture of proposed layout of Hinkley Point C

Hinkley Point C

EDF Energy is planning to build two new reactors at Hinkley Point - known as Hinkley Point C.

Contact us

  • Address:
    EDF Energy
    Hinkley Point B power station
    Nr Bridgwater
    TA5 1UD
  • Reception:
    +44 (0)1278 654600
  • Media requests:
    Andrew Cockcroft
    +44 (0)1278 484098
  • Community requests:
    Dave Stokes
    +44 (0)1278 654699

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