17 Feb 15

Dungeness B visitor centre has more than 10,000 reasons to celebrate 2nd anniversary

There is cause for celebration at the Dungeness B visitor centre as it marks the second anniversary of its doors being open to the public.

The interactive centre at the nuclear power station in Kent has proved extremely popular with people of all ages since it opened, welcoming over 10,000 people through its doors.

Station director Martin Pearson was on hand to cut the cake and meet students from Bexhill College who were touring the station [on Friday].

He said: “The response we have had from our visitors has been very positive and I am delighted that so many people have decided to come here to find out about how we generate electricity. Many schools, colleges and local groups have visited the centre over the last 24 months and we’re taking many repeat bookings from teachers.”

The power station also encourages young people to take up Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects both by visiting schools and holding events on site to engage students and highlight the many career possibilities should they choose to study these subjects further.

The Bexhill students toured the power station [on Friday], seeing the two reactors and turbine units which generate enough power for over 1.5 million homes, before undertaking an activity run by graduates at Dungeness B, designed to get them thinking about STEM subjects.

June Ashton, visitor centre coordinator, added: “The first two years have really shown the value of the visitor centre to the local community who have made great use of the facility to find out more information about nuclear energy and also the career opportunities here.

“The visitor centre and what it offers has been instrumental in strengthening our ties with the community here in Kent and we look forward to welcoming our next 10,000 visitors.”

For more information contact:

Juliette Sanders
Media Officer (South East)
07875 112 599

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Dungeness B station director Martin Pearson cutting the cake with visitor centre manager June Ashton celebrating the second anniversary of the centre with students from Bexhill College

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James Lavender, who is doing an industrial placement with Dungeness B, leading an activity with Bexhill College students as part of the station's STEM outreach programme

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Students from Bexhill College taking part in activities designed by Dungeness B graduates to get young people thinking about Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths

EDF Energy in the South East

In the South East EDF Energy operates Dungeness B power station which employs over 500 staff and 200 contracting partners.

EDF Energy employs a further 2,500 staff in East and West Sussex with approximately 800 across sites in Crawley, Three Bridges, and East Grinstead and 1,700 across two of our three UK based call centres in Hove and Worthing..

As well as generating enough power to serve some 1.5million homes in this region the company also provides gas and electricity to 730,000 customers with over 20% of those opting for one of the company’s Blue+ products which are backed by low-carbon generation.

We 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 companies in the UK, including sites for Tesco Stores Limited, Ministry of Defence and Morrisons right here in the South East.

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.