13 Jul 15

West Burton B gas power station opens its doors to the public

A new visitor and development centre has opened its doors at the West Burton B gas power station. It will allow visitors to see how electricity is produced at first hand and includes new training facilities for the power station.

The centre is next to EDF Energy’s West Burton A coal power station and close to its nearby Cottam coal power station. Together the three stations generate enough electricity for nine million homes, and they provide around 800 full-time jobs.

The centre is designed to capture the imagination of children and adults with hands-on displays and guided tours of the modern gas-fired site. It was opened today by EDF Energy’s Chief Executive Officer Vincent de Rivaz and Bassetlaw MP John Mann.

The building has been certified as being carbon neutral and is fitted with solar panels, as well as a system to collect and recycle rainwater. 

EDF Energy has recently opened visitor centres at its eight nuclear sites and this latest investment shows the company’s continuing commitment to opening its business to the communities around it.  The other centres have already welcomed nearly 100,000 visitors.

West Burton’s coal plant is home to the popular Discovery Centre, with more than 2,000 children visiting the environmental centre and walking the site’s nature trail.

Vincent de Rivaz said: "Opening the visitor centre will enable thousands of people from the community and beyond to see how electricity is produced. It will help them understand more about the important energy challenges the country faces as we move towards a low carbon economy.

“I hope the new centre will give young people an insight into science, technology, engineering and maths and it might spark an interest which could turn into a great career.”

 John Mann MP said: "The power stations at West Burton and Cottam play a vital role in the local economy.

"This new centre is an excellent way of connecting local residents and visitors to the working life of the power stations."

West Burton’s gas power station officially opened last year and was EDF Energy’s largest single capital investment in the UK. It has been designed to flexibly generate electricity when needed, in conjunction with low carbon generation like nuclear and wind power. The two coal stations play a vital role in providing electricity now until they can hand over to new forms of low carbon generation in the future.

The Visitor and Development Centre will normally be open Monday to Friday from 9-4pm.All plant tours require advanced booking and will also be available on Saturdays, subject to availability and demand.

The majority of the tours will be organised for schools and educational groups, but 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.

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EDF Energy

EDF Energy is one of the UK’s largest energy companies and the largest producer of low-carbon electricity, producing around one-fifth of the nation's electricity from its nuclear power stations, wind farms, coal and gas power stations and combined heat and power plants. The company supplies gas and electricity to 6 million business and residential customer accounts and is the biggest supplier of electricity by volume in Great Britain.

EDF Energy’s safe and secure operation of its eight existing nuclear power stations at sites across the country makes it the UK’s largest generator of low carbon electricity. EDF Energy is also leading the UK's nuclear renaissance and has published plans to build four new nuclear plants, subject to the right investment framework.

These new plants could generate enough low carbon electricity for about 40% of Britain’s homes. They would make an important contribution to the UK’s future needs for clean, secure and affordable energy. The project is already creating business and job opportunities for British companies and workers.

Through Our Better Energy Ambitions, EDF Energy has developed one of the biggest environmental and social programmes of any British energy company.

In 2014 EDF Energy received seven ‘Big Ticks’ in the Business in the Community (BITC) Responsible Business Awards. In 2013 EDF Energy received the Environmental Leadership for Behavioural Change Award in the national Environment and Energy Awards and was highly commended in the first ever pan European Corporate Social Responsibility Awards scheme for its Sustainable Schools programme – the Pod.

EDF Energy is part of EDF Group, one of Europe’s largest power companies. The company employs around 15,000 people at locations across the UK.

To find out more about the UK's energy challenges look at www.edfenergy.com/energyfuture/