A Christmas cracker for Torness
Around 150 children passed through the doors of Torness power station’s visitor centre last week as part of its Christmas Cracker open learning week.
As well as touring the station the pupils from Loretto RC Primary in Musselburgh, Tweedmouth Middle School in Berwick-upon-Tweed and Pirniehall Primary in Edinburgh were able to get up close to one of the on-site fire engines, take part in fire extinguisher training and had the opportunity to learn about radiation protection. The children were able to try on the protective coveralls that workers use in some of the radiation controlled areas.
The children, who were aged between 8 and 12 years old, also heard from some of EDF Energy’s apprentices and graduates who work at the power station and were able to test out their communication skills by helping each other complete a maze while wearing “misty eye” goggles which simulate being in a smoke filled room.
Station Director Paul Winkle said: “This is the fourth time our visitor centre has held the Christmas Cracker week and it is always a great event. The children enjoy the range of activities that are available on the day and it is an excellent opportunity for us to let people know about how the station operates and the different kinds of work we do on site.”
Visitor Centre coordinator Faith Scott said: “We were delighted to welcome so many children through the doors this week. The fire engine and the visit from the officers from the Civil Nuclear Constabulary both proved to be the real highlights for many of the children.”
This is the fourth time the visitor centre, which has a 5 star rating from Visit Scotland, has held the free event.
For more information contact:Fiona McCall
External Communications Manager (Scotland)
EDF Energy in Scotland
In Scotland EDF Energy operates Hunterston B in North Ayrshire and Torness in East Lothian which employ over 1,000 staff and around 500 contracting partners across the two power stations. EDF Energy employs a further 200 office based staff in East Kilbride. As well as generating enough power to serve some 4 million homes the company also provides gas and electricity to over 80,000 Scottish customers with around half of those opting for one of the company’s Blue+ products which are backed by low-carbon generation. We operate two windfarms in the Scottish Borders and make sure we buy enough electricity generated from a low-carbon nuclear source to match every unit of electricity we estimate our Blue customers use. EDF Energy is proud to power up some of the largest organisations in the UK, including supplying almost all public sector bodies in Scotland with after being awarded Scotland’s largest electricity supply contract by annual volume from April 2013. Following a landmark agreement with Network Rail the company also provides nuclear-backed Blue energy to power up the UKs electric rail network, covering most of the south east of England and the main lines from London to Edinburgh and Glasgow, as well as the Merseyrail network around Liverpool and the Glasgow suburban network.