11 Dec 13

Sizewell B visitor centre marks a year in service with potential new recruits

Almost a year to the day that the Sizewell B visitor centre opened its doors to the public, power station guides have welcomed scores of students interested in a career in nuclear generation.
Sizewell B Station Director Jim Crawford said: “We were delighted to welcome over 50 students to Sizewell B this weekend as the visitor centre starts its second year of service. The students were keen to find out more about the apprenticeship programme which EDF Energy operates and many booked themselves onto a tour of the power station through the visitor centre to find out if a long term career here might be for them. Seeing is believing and this centre is the gateway to the power station for visitors and enables us to demonstrate to anyone considering a career in the industry just what’s on offer.”
Since opening, the Sizewell B visitor centre has welcomed 2,500 visitors and enabled the local recruitment of eight trained guides who meet with local schools, colleges, members of the local community and tourists from across the world. All of whom hear how Sizewell B safely generates low carbon power for over 2million homes. The guides have clocked up almost 7,000 hours showing people around the site and each visit covers over 1.5miles, including going up some 190 steps!
Highlights of the tour include getting a close up visit to the see the iconic dome, which is a similar size to St Paul’s Cathedral, and a tour inside the turbine hall which houses the two steam driven turbine generators which turn mechanical energy into electrical energy. People are often amazed by the scale of the equipment in the turbine hall and enjoy being able to see it in action and even put their hands on the generators to feel the power behind 3% of the UK’s energy needs.
All seven visitor centres around EDF Energy’s nuclear power stations are now open. The centres mark an important milestone in EDF Energy’s ambition to be as open as possible and the company hopes to inspire young people about science, technology and engineering.
The Visitor Centre is open Monday-Friday from 9-4pm. The majority of the tours are organised for schools and educational groups. However, members of the public will also be able to attend by appointment.
Visitors will be given an introductory talk about how the station operates, before being given a guided tour through selected parts of the plant. To find out more and to enquire about booking a site tour, contact sizewellbtours@edf-energy.com.