10 May 17

20,000 visitors to Sizewell B

Sizewell B has welcomed its 20,000th visit to the power station since the new visitor centre opened in 2012.

Students from Suffolk New College were greeted with cupcakes by the visitor centre guides who were delighted to mark the occasion with the special visitors.

The group of 37 electronics students enjoyed talking to visitor centre guides over tea and cake before going on a tour of the UKs youngest nuclear power station which safely delivers power for 2.5million people.

One of the students visiting from Suffolk New College is also about to embark on a career at the power station. Suzanne Jones, 18, was selected earlier this year to be a Sizewell B apprentice and will be joining the station on 25 August before heading off to the Lake District for an outward bounds course where she will meet other EDF Energy apprentices from power stations across the UK.

Paul Morton, Sizewell B station director said: “We are delighted with the interest that the public, local schools and colleges are showing in the Sizewell B visitor centre which is proving to be a great local resource.”

Russell Eldridge, Lecturer in Electronics at Suffolk New College, said: “The visit to Sizewell B is always impressive and brings STEM subjects to life for our students and shows them the breadth of careers available locally.”

EDF Energy

EDF Energy is the UK’s largest producer of low-carbon electricity, meeting around one-fifth of the country’s demand and supplying millions of customers and businesses with electricity and gas.

It generates electricity with eight nuclear power stations, more than 30 wind farms, one gas and two coal power stations, as well as with combined heat and power plants.

EDF Energy is leading the UK's nuclear renaissance with the construction of a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C. This will provide low carbon electricity to meet 7% of UK demand. The project is already making a positive impact on the local and national economy, British industry, as well as boosting skills and education. EDF Energy also invests in a range of low carbon technologies including renewables and battery storage. It is applying research and development expertise to improve the performance of existing generation and developing the potential of new technologies.

The company provides gas and electricity for more than 5 million customer accounts and is the biggest supplier of electricity by volume in Great Britain and the largest supplier to British businesses. It offers innovative energy systems for commercial customers and digital innovation for customers at home. EDF Energy has also launched its own innovation accelerator, Blue Lab, which focuses on making customers’ lives easier.

Through its Better Energy Ambitions, EDF Energy has developed comprehensive environmental and social programmes which have been recognised by a wide range of organisations.

EDF Energy is part of EDF Group, the world’s biggest electricity generator. In the UK, the company employs around 13,000 people at locations across England and Scotland.

To find out more about the UK's energy challenges visit: www.edfenergy.com/energyfuture/