A Christmas cracker for Torness visitor centre
Visitors to Torness had some festive fun during the power station’s recent Christmas Cracker open learning week.
Around 250 children from schools in the Lothians and Borders took part in the annual event which gives them an insight into everyday life at the power station. As well as having a tour of the station they had the chance to get up close to one of the on-site fire engines and take part in fire extinguisher training.
They learned about radiation protection and tried on the protective coveralls that workers use in some of the radiation controlled areas.
They were also given the chance to meet officers from the Civil Nuclear Constabulary (CNC) and practice ‘first aid techniques’ with occupational health nurses.
The children, who were aged between 8 and 12 years old, also heard from staff 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 fifth 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 the 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. The fire engine and the “Minecraft” style computer task both proved to be the real highlights for many of the children.”
A Berwick Middle School teacher commented: “The pupils loved every part of it and have learned so much. It was a great start to our energy topic.”
Torness Visitor Centre is open year round and offers tours to individuals and groups aged 7 and over. To book you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information contact:Fiona McCall
External Communications Manager (Scotland)
Notes to editors
The schools who attended were:
Mayfield Primary School, Dalkeith
Tweedmouth Middle School, Berwick-Upon-Tweed
Berwick Middle School, Berwick-Upon-Tweed
Duns Primary School, Duns
Morebattle Primary School, Kelso
Moorfoot Primary School, Gorebridge
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.