29 May 17

Kent power station welcomes its 20,000th visitor

Visitor centre at Dungeness B power station celebrates welcoming 20,000 visitors in just over four years

Dungeness B welcomed its 20,000th visitor through its doors when Alison Cooper from Transition Town Hastings brought 39 members of the community group to the power station for a guided tour.

Joining the group was former employee Jim Dickson and his family. Jim, now 75, was originally involved in the initial groundworks and construction of the station and loaded the first batch of fuel into the reactor in the early 1980’s.

“It’s amazing to think that 20,000 people have now visited the plant that I had a part in building,” said Mr Dickson. “And it’s great to see that the station is still safely and reliably generating electricity.”

Dungeness B produces enough low-carbon power for over one and a half million homes and 2016 proved to be a record year for the station, as it generated more electricity than ever before over a 12-month period.

Located next to the power station, the interactive visitor centre has proved extremely popular with local people of all ages since it was opened in February 2013 by EDF Energy CEO, Vincent de Rivaz, and local MP, Damian Collins, and has developed into a focal point for EDF Energy's community engagement in Kent.

Alison Prentice, Dungeness B visitor centre coordinator said: “The visitor centre and what it offers has been instrumental in strengthening our ties with the community here on the south coast of Kent and we look forward to welcoming our next 20,000 visitors.”

“We run a variety of activities throughout year including events for youngsters over the summer holidays to develop their interest in science, technology, engineering and maths. As the power station is a major employer in the area, we also attend a number of careers fairs across the county.”

The visitor centre is currently hosting a special art exhibition by Ashford Visual Artists until the end of June, displaying work inspired by the unique Dungeness coastline. Admission is free and all artwork is available to buy, with all commission being donated to EDF Energy's official charity partner, Breast Cancer Now.

The centre is open weekdays, except bank holidays, from 09:00 until 16:00. For more information on upcoming events and how to book onto a free tour, contact 01797 343728 or dungenessbtours@edf-energy.com

For more information contact:

Laurence Ollier
External Communications Manager - Generation (South East)
0781 3232 765

EDF Energy

EDF Energy is the UK’s largest producer of low-carbon electricity, meeting around one-fifth of the country’s demand and supplying millions of customers and businesses with electricity and gas.

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.

The company provides gas and electricity for more than 5 million customer accounts and is the biggest supplier of electricity by volume in Great Britain and the largest supplier to British businesses. It offers innovative energy systems for commercial customers and digital innovation for customers at home. EDF Energy has also launched its own innovation accelerator, Blue Lab, which focuses on making customers’ lives easier.

Through its Better Energy Ambitions, EDF Energy has developed comprehensive environmental and social programmes which have been recognised by a wide range of organisations.

EDF Energy is part of EDF Group, the world’s biggest electricity generator. In the UK, the company employs around 13,000 people at locations across England and Scotland.

To find out more about the UK's energy challenges visit: www.edfenergy.com/energyfuture/