27 Mar 13

Dungeness B welcomes budding young scientists

A group of students from Brenzett Primary School with Dungeness B Guide Jo Montgomery (white hat) and teacher Mrs Nash in the viewing gallery above the nuclear reactor.

A group of 31 school children from Brenzett Primary school in Romney Marsh have been the first to tour Dungeness B power station following the opening of the Learning Centre last month.

The children were welcomed onto site by station director Martin Pearson. The budding young scientists were put to the test whilst taking part in a nuclear quiz in the station’s Learning Centre before going through the security gates and looking around the power station.

The youngsters were amazed by the facts and figures they learnt in the exhibition centre and were struck by the size of the machinery in the massive turbine hall.

Mrs Nash, a Year 5 and 6 teacher from Brenzett Primary School who came with the children for their visit to site, said: “ We have used models to show the children how turbines are used in electricity generation so seeing a real life turbine in a nuclear power station first hand has been amazing. Visiting Dungeness B power station has really brought the subject to life for the children.”

Martin Pearson, Station Director at Dungeness B power station said: “This is what the Learning Centre is all about – enthusing youngsters about science and bringing the subject to life here at Dungeness B. I am delighted to be able to welcome visitors to our power station to show them how we safely generate power for 1.5million homes – who knows we may even meet our next generation of apprentices and engineers.”

The new learning centre opened its doors at Dungeness B power station on 15 February and already attracted almost 400 visitors. The power station can now offer tours of the centre and the power station which is set to be a major attraction in the area for schools keen to bring science subjects to life. The learning centre has a fully equipped classroom ready for schools to use.

EDF Energy’s Chief Executive Vincent de Rivaz and local MP Damian Collins launched the new centre which is on the Dungeness B site in Kent. It is the fifth of seven planned centres to be opened by EDF Energy and is part of the company’s commitment to increase openness at its nuclear power stations across the UK.

The timing of the opening is particularly significant for the area as Dungeness B marks 30 years of low carbon generation later this year. The station has generated power for 1.5million homes since 3 April 1983.

The Learning Centre will normally be open Monday-Friday from 9-4pm. The majority of the tours will be organised for schools and educational groups. However, members of the public will also be able to attend by appointment.

Visitors will be given an introductory talk about how the station operates, before being given a guided tour through selected parts of the plant. To book a visit the public can contact the station via: dungenessBtours@edf-energy.com or call 01797 343728.