29 Jan 14

Students join Sizewell's visits' anniversary

SIZEWELL B’s Visitor Centre marked a special anniversary in style with a visit by students from Great Yarmouth College who met station director Jim Crawford.

The students, on the college’s energy skills foundation programme, were welcomed to the centre on Friday (Jan 24) by Jim - marking a year since guided station tours began at the power station

They saw around the centre and then were given a tour around the station, they also met the site’s apprentice co-ordinator Roger Barge.

Jim said: “It was a pleasure to meet the students and I hope that they might be inspired by their visit to look for opportunities to work with EDF Energy in the future.

“One of the key roles for the Visitor Centre and the station tours is to bring people onto site to see for themselves what we do here at Sizewell B.

“And since we opened our doors a year ago we have seen more than 2500 people visit us.”

The highlight of the tour is getting to see the iconic dome, which is a similar size to St Paul’s Cathedral.

The tour also takes in the turbine hall which houses the two steam driven turbine generators which produce enough low carbon electricity to power around two million homes.

Eight local people were recruited and trained as tour guides and now meet with local schools, colleges, members of the local community and tourists from across the world.

Since the centre opened the guides have clocked up almost 7,000 hours and 570 miles showing people around the site as each visit covers over 1.5 miles, including climbing some 190 steps.

Jim said: “I have been amazed and delighted by the public’s interest in Sizewell B. We have a very knowledgeable team in place at the centre and the tours get excellent feedback.

“It is great to see so many schools and colleges on site, as we are committed to showing pupils the value of taking science, maths and technology subjects as that will steer them towards a career in engineering and hopefully with us at Sizewell B.”

Alan Ridge, Great Yarmouth College course tutor, said: "The plant tour has been absolutely brilliant, the knowledge the students have gained from physically seeing the power station and the experience, they could never gain this in a classroom environment."

Student Connor Delaney, 17, said: "This visit has been an eye-opener, getting to see the plant equipment in full scale and being able to stand right next to it, I have learnt a lot of information today."

The Visitor Centre is open Monday to 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.


Visit 1: Students from Great Yarmouth college with Visitor Centre guide Lin Carter - in front of iconic dome at Sizewell B

Visit 4: Students from Great Yarmouth College with Visitor Centre guide Claire Harrington-Moss in Sizewell B's turbine hall.