New leader for Dungeness B
EDF Energy’s Ian Stewart has been appointed as Dungeness B’s new station director with effect from midnight, Sunday 10 July.
Ian is an experienced station director and began his career in the energy industry at the Central Electricity Generating Board in 1977. He spent 16 years at Sizewell B nuclear power station in Suffolk, initially working on the commissioning and operations of the site before joining the station’s management team. He moved to Heysham 1 in Lancashire to take up the role of plant manager before becoming station director at Hunterston B in Scotland, then moving to station director at Heysham 1.
Speaking about the appointment, Ian said: “Dungeness B is a fantastic power station with a great community feel to it. Under Martin’s leadership, the staff here have worked hard to continually improve its safety and generation performance which in recent years has been impressive. I am delighted to take on this new role and am looking forward to getting to know the team at the station and the local community.”
Dungeness B delivers low carbon energy to over 1.5 million homes every day and last year generated 6,653GWh, the second best generation in the station’s lifetime.
The station is the biggest employer in the area bringing some £40million pounds each year into the local economy. Over 550 people are directly employed at the site on the Kent coast with a further 200 carrying out contract roles.
Martin Pearson, who has been station director at Dungeness B for five years, is leaving EDF Energy to take up a new role as Managing Director at URENCO, a nuclear fuel supply chain company.
He said: “I have had some of the best years of my life here at Dungeness B and must say that it has been an absolute privilege and honour to have led the station through so many milestones, such as its 30th birthday, opening the visitor centre and the 10 year life extension announced in 2014. There is a fantastic team of employees and contract partners here whom I’m sure will continue to succeed under the capable direction of Ian.”
For more information contact:Juliette Sanders
External Communications Manager - Generation
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.