Family from Yatton given VIP welcome to Hinkley Point Visitor Centre
A family of four from Yatton were given a surprise VIP welcome by EDF Energy staff as the Hinkley Point visitor centre clocked up its 30,000th visitor.
Paul Doe and his sons, Daniel, aged 12, Alex and Jake, both aged 11, had dropped into the visitor centre located in Angel Place Shopping Centre, Bridgwater, to take part in a group tour of Hinkley Point B power station. As soon as they walked through the door they were welcomed with gifts by Peter Evans, Hinkley Point B’s station director, and Nigel Cann, Hinkley Point C’s construction director.
The interactive centre opened in December 2012, and since then has proved extremely popular with people of all ages and has developed into a focal point for all EDF Energy enquiries in Somerset.
As well as catering for those interested in nuclear power and visiting Hinkley Point B, the visitor centre brings together different strands of EDF Energy’s business. Due to the location there is much interest in nuclear new build and the centre contains a wealth of information and regularly hosts public engagement sessions on the project and future careers.
One of the successful initiatives introduced at the visitor centre has been the launch of a service where local customers can drop in and talk face to face with a customer services representative about their tariffs, electricity bills, and any questions they might have. The service is available on Wednesdays and the team has helped more than 3,000 people.
Tours of Hinkley Point B have also proved extremely popular, and since the centre opened over 7,000 people have visited the power station – 50% of which have travelled more than 50 miles for the experience.
The centre also regularly host special themed events, including educational groups, community organisations and emergency services.
Peter Evans, Hinkley Point B’s station director said: “It gave me enormous pleasure in celebrating our 30,000th visitor and welcoming the Doe family through the door. Since we first opened the visitor centre over two and a half years ago, the community has made great use of the facility, either through wanting to know more information about nuclear power or raising a customer query, and its great to see the centre located in such a prominent place.”
Nigel Cann, Hinkley Point C’s construction director, added: “The visitor centre and what it offers has been instrumental in strengthening our openness and trust agenda in the Somerset area, and we look forward to welcoming our next 30,000 visitors.”
For more information contact:Gordon Bell
Senior External Communications Manager - NNB
EDF Energy in the South West
In the South West EDF Energy employs around 4,000 people across three key sites; at Hinkley Point in Somerset, at Barnwood, near Gloucester, and at Exeter. We operate Hinkley Point B power station, which employs around 550 staff and 220 contract partners. A new nuclear power station, capable of supplying around 5 million homes, is planned at Hinkley Point, subject to a final investment decision. We have an operational support centre at Barnwood, while Exeter is home to one of EDF Energy’s three UK-based call centres. As well as currently generating enough power for some 1.5 million homes in this region, EDF Energy also provides gas and electricity to 610,000 customers with over 20% of those opting for one of the company’s Blue+ products 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 some of the largest companies in the UK, including sites for the Ministry of Defence, Tesco Stores Limited, Morrisons and Everything Everywhere, right here in the South West.