6 Nov 17
Dungeness B

Dipak returns from international relief operation in the Caribbean

A security guard from Dungeness B power station has returned from the British Virgin Islands where he has provided humanitarian support to communities devastated by Hurricane Irma.

Dipak Kaucha, from Folkestone, used some of the skills he learnt from having served in the Gurkha Regiment for 27 years help to clear away schools, hospitals and houses that had been destroyed by the disaster.

Dipak said: “Following the devastation of the recent hurricane, it was really amazing to go to the Caribbean with Team Rubicon UK to try and help these disadvantaged people out and hopefully make a difference.

“We did our best to bring back a sense of order to these badly affected communities. One of our tasks was to clear a path at the top of a hill so that we could put up transmitters and restore essential communications.”

Dipak is no stranger to volunteering for international relief operations and was involved in a similar mission to Nepal following the devastating earthquake in April 2015.

Ian Stewart, Station Director at the power station said: “Dipak is a true inspiration to the rest of the staff here at Dungeness as he puts social and environmental responsibility at the heart of everything he does.

“His commitment to helping others whilst ensuring safety at all times makes him a great ambassador for EDF Energy.”

Team Rubicon UK has launched an emergency appeal to fund its work in the Caribbean and donations can be made by visiting: http://www.teamrubiconuk.org/donate/

For more information contact:

Laurence Ollier
External Communications Manager - Generation (South East)
0781 3232 765
Laurence.Ollier@edfenergy.com

Notes to editors

About Team Rubicon UK: Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams to disasters in the UK and overseas in order to immediately improve the quality of life of the people who are affected. The charity offers veterans the opportunity to continue their service by helping those affected by disasters while regaining a sense of purpose, community and identity.

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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.

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