28 Sep 16

Open meeting for Torness power station

 Torness power station already has a 5 star rated visitor centre and tour route but members of the public are being given the chance to find out even more about what happens at the East Lothian station. 

The EDF Energy owned site is holding an open meeting for the public. The session will take place at Halhill Sports Centre in Dunbar on Thursday 20 October at 18:00. 

Those attending will be able to meet a panel of representatives from the station including members of the management team and, ahead of scheme applications opening again in October, apprentices who will talk about their work at the station.  There will also be the chance to ask questions. 

Station Director, Paul Winkle, said: “Earlier this year EDF Energy announced a seven year life extension for Torness power station meaning it will continue to generate electricity until 2030. Given this commitment to the area and to being transparent and open about our operations we thought this meeting would be a great opportunity for people to find out more about life at the station and talk to some of the people involved in its day to day running.

 “Torness power station is an important part of the local community and Scotland’s wider energy infrastructure. As well as directly employing around 750 staff and contractors the station supports local businesses, school, charities and organisations and produces enough low-carbon electricity to power around 2.1 million homes.” 

The meeting will take place on Thursday 20 October at Halhill Sports Centre in Dunbar at 18:00. For more information or to register you interest please contact Ashleigh Dickson on 01368 873 847 or ashleigh.dickson@edf-energy.com.

    For more information contact:

    Fiona McCall
    External Communications Manager (Scotland)
    01355 846281
    07813 232347

    Notes to editors

    1. This meeting is in addition to the annual Local Liaison Committee (LLC) meeting which takes place in the spring. 
    2. The membership of the LLC is drawn from local authorities and community councils, the Scottish Government, SEPA and the Office for Nuclear Regulation and station management and provides a forum for representatives of the local community to be updated on the station’s performance.

    EDF Energy in Scotland

    In Scotland EDF Energy operates Hunterston B in North Ayrshire and Torness in East Lothian which employ over 1,000 staff and around 500 contracting partners across the two power stations. EDF Energy employs a further 200 office based staff in East Kilbride.  As well as generating enough power to serve some 4 million homes the company also provides gas and electricity to over 80,000 Scottish customers with around half of those opting for one of the company’s Blue+ products which are backed by low-carbon generation. We operate two windfarms in the Scottish Borders and 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 organisations in the UK, including supplying almost all public sector bodies in Scotland with after being awarded Scotland’s largest electricity supply contract by annual volume from April 2013. 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.