12 Apr 19
Hinkley Point B 

Milestone Moment – Hinkley Point Visitor Centre Welcomes 100,000th Guest

Celebrating 100,000! Pictured back row, left to right, Peter Evans, Bob Fenton - Communications, EDF Energy, front row, left to right - Sherry Sellick - Visitor Centre Coordinator, and our 100,000th visitor, John Durant, from Bridgwater
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Celebrations were underway on Friday 12 April as Hinkley Point’s highly successful visitor centre reached a major milestone. 100,000 people have now visited the centre since it first opened its doors in 2012.

Now a familiar sight in Bridgwater’s Angel Place shopping centre, it has become extremely popular with local people of all ages and continues to be a ‘one stop shop’ for all EDF Energy enquiries and activities across Somerset.

The award winning facility offers a wealth of information and guidance on both Hinkley Point B and C sites, whilst also providing guided tours of both stations. The activities do not stop there with the staff regularly arranging and hosting special community-based events. They have supported everything from building interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects to ecology and environment education and community safety guidance in partnership with local partners.

The success and ongoing development of the centre was also recognised in 2017 when the team won an EDF Energy community champion innovation award at the company’s Generation Performance Innovations Awards ceremony.

Sherryl Sellick, visitor centre coordinator, said: “Since we opened the visitor centre, the community has made great use of the facility, either through wanting to know more information about nuclear power, raising a customer query, or supporting our special themed events programme, and we are looking forward to welcoming our next 100,000 visitors.”

Peter Evans, Hinkley Point B’s station director, added: “Openness and transparency is inherent in everything we do and the great work and success of our visitor centre is a crucial factor with building trust in the local community.

“Reaching our 100,000th visitor milestone is a tremendous achievement, and is testament to the great efforts and hard work of everybody involved with the visitor centre setup.”

Since the Hinkley Point visitor centre opened in December 2012, the visitor centre team has:

  • Welcomed over 100,000 people into the visitor centre
  • Organised over 1000 tours of Hinkley Point B and have taken over 16,500 people on a guided tour of the power station
  • Organised over 300 tours of Hinkley Point C and have taken over 7,000 people on a guided tour of the new build site.
  • Visited over 60 schools and have spoken to over 3,500 school children
  • Arranged over 100 special themed events in the visitor centre which have attracted nearly 35,000 people
  • Dealt with over 5,000 customer service related enquiries and over 7,000 recruitment related enquiries
  • Annually represented the company at The Royal Bath  and West Show and have engaged with over 100,000 people

For more information

Sue Fletcher
Senior External Communications Manager – Generation
(T) 01452 653 267
(M) 07736 727 964
sue.fletcher@edf-energy.com

About EDF

EDF is leading the transition to a cleaner, low emission electric future, tackling climate change in the UK and helping Britain reach net zero. It is the UK’s largest producer of low-carbon electricity, meeting around one-fifth of the country’s demand and supplying millions of customers with electricity and gas.

It generates low carbon electricity from eight nuclear power stations, more than thirty onshore wind farms and two offshore wind farms, and operates one of Britain’s biggest battery storage units, one gas and one coal power station, EV charge-points, and combined heat and power plants.

EDF is leading the UK's nuclear renaissance with the construction of a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C, and plans for new power stations at Sizewell C in Suffolk and Bradwell B in Essex. Hinkley Point C 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 as well as boosting skills and education.

EDF also invests in a range of low carbon technologies including renewables, solar and battery storage. The company’s largest offshore wind farm is currently being built in Scotland and the 450 MW Neart na Gaoithe project will be ready in 2023. It is applying research and development expertise to improve the performance of existing generation and developing the potential of new technologies.

EDF is helping its customers, both in business and at home, to join generation electric and take their first steps to sustainably powering their lives. Whether it is buying an electric car, generating and storing electricity or selling energy back to the grid – everyone is welcome. EDF is one of the largest suppliers to British business and a leading supplier of innovative energy solutions that are helping businesses become more energy independent. In addition, the company’s energy services business, Imtech, is one of the largest technical service providers in the UK and Ireland.

EDF in the UK 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.