2 Sep 13

1,500 visitors to new centre at Sizewell B

Sizewell B has welcomed its 1,500th visitor to the power station.
UEA (University of East Anglia) Environmental Sciences student Dominic Mulford was crowned 1,500th visitor to the station. He was there to gather information for his final year dissertation on earthquakes and how they can affect valuable installations in the UK, such as nuclear power stations.
Jim Crawford, Station Director at Sizewell B welcomed Dominic to the station and thanked him for his interest in nuclear power.
Colin Tucker, a member of the nuclear safety team at Sizewell B gave Dominic an insight into the multi-layered approach to safety at the power station and the new Emergency Response Centre (ERC) which is being built in Leiston. The ERC will provide another layer of safety for Sizewell B, providing robust back-up for the measures already in place at the station.
Colin discussed the many safety systems at the power station and showed Dominic areas of the plant such as the essential diesel generators which provide robust back-up support. Dominic was interested to learn that the power station was designed to withstand an earthquake and that the equipment on site is built to withstand the most unlikely 1 in 10,000 year events.
Jim Crawford, Station Director at Sizewell B said: “It was a pleasure to welcome Dominic to Sizewell B as our 1,500th visitor and to help him with his research for his degree. We are always encouraged by the interest in nuclear power and our new visitor centre is a great way for people to find out more about what we do at Sizewell B and how we safely generate power here in Suffolk for 2.5million people.”
Dominic Mulford said: “It has been brilliant to visit Sizewell B and to see the safety systems in place at the power station, not just for earthquakes but a range of hazards. The turbine hall was amazing, the sheer scale of the equipment has to be seen to be believed and the fact that this all exists peacefully within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty was a real eye-opener.”
The Visitor Centre allows people to see nuclear power for themselves and is designed to capture the imagination of children and adults alike through hands-on displays and guided tours of the operating site.
The Visitor Centre will normally be open Monday-Friday from 9-4pm. The majority of the tours will be organised for schools and educational groups. However, members of the public will also be able to attend by appointment.
Visitors will be given an introductory talk about how the station operates, before being given a guided tour through selected parts of the plant. To find out more and to enquire about booking a visit, contact sizewellbtours@edf-energy.com.
Photo caption – Dominic Mulford at Sizewell B
Jim Crawford (centre) pictured with Dominic Mulford and his friend Hermione English by a replica of a fuel assembly in the Sizewell B visitor centre