Sizewell B power station

Sizewell B is a nuclear power station on the Suffolk coast. It is the UK’s only Pressurised Water Reactor.

In 2020 Sizewell B generated low carbon electricity for 2.3 million homes

Avoiding 3m tonnes of CO2 emissions*

Like taking 1.3m cars off UK roads for a year

About Sizewell B

  • Station Director: Robert Gunn
  • Reactor type: 1 Pressurised Water Reactor
  • Total supply to the national grid: 1198 MW
  • Start of construction: 1988
  • Start of generation: 1995
  • Estimated decommissioning date: 2035
  • People: Approximately 520 full time EDF employees plus over 250 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)

Visit Sizewell B power station

The Visitor Centre at Sizewell is now open – it is recommended to call ahead of your visit 01728 653974.

Sizewell B is the UK’s only Pressurised Water Reactor (PWR) and also the most modern nuclear power station in the UK. Our visitor centre offers a unique insight into this technology in our interactive exhibition space. 

To enhance the visitor experience, you can also pre book a tour of the power station. For school visits, a classroom is also available where young people can get involved in a wide range of STEM activities. 

Tour Information

Tour time: Visitors are advised to allow up to 3 hours for a site visit, this includes a safety brief followed by a walking tour of the power station. Please contact us for more details. 

Minimum age: Minimum age for the station tour is 11 years old 

Bookings must be made at least 3 weeks in advance.

You will be accompanied by a trained station guide. All site tours include a safety and security briefing and the issue of relevant PPE (personal protective equipment). The plant tour is a walking tour, mostly outdoors, and is 1.65 miles long.

Visitor Centre Opening Hours

Monday to Friday: 09:00 - 16.00 hours, except bank holidays.

Weekends can be accommodated, by prior arrangement only.

 

Dates for your diary:

Our events calendar will be updated as soon as our Visitor Centre has reopened.

Frequently asked questions

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

If you have any questions about the visitor centre, or about taking a tour, please contact our visitor centre co-ordinator:

Telephone: 01728 653974
Address: Sizewell B power station, near Leiston, Suffolk. IP16 4UR
Email: sizewellbtours@edf-energy.com

Find out more about Sizewell B

Contact Sizewell B

  • Address:
    EDF Sizewell B power station
    Nr Leiston
    Suffolk IP16 4UR

    Reception:
    +44 (0)1728 653653
  • Media requests:
    Marjorie Barnes
    +44 (0)1728 653378

    Community requests:
    Niki Rousseau
    +44 (0)1728 653258

Latest news and community updates

Format: 17/06/2022
Format: 17/06/2022
Sizewell B power station
Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Sizewell B starts review to extend operation by 20 years

EDF is looking at extending the operational life of Sizewell B power station by at least 20 years, from 2035 to 2055. This will protect jobs and importantly the UK energy security as the site provides 3% of the nation’s electricity demand.

Sizewell B taken from studio field on the Sizewell estate
Monday, February 14, 2022

Sizewell B marks 27 years of service

The station was connected to the grid on 14 February 1995 and has produced enough electricity since then to power every home in Suffolk for 178 years! The station has avoided 81m tonnes of CO2 going into the atmosphere – that’s the same as taking 38million cars off roads for a year.

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