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Dungeness nuclear power station welcomes 20,000 visitors

Contributed by editor on May 31, 2017 - 06:30 AM

Dungeness B welcomed its 20,000th visitor through its doors when Alison Cooper from Transition Town Hastings brought 39 members of the community group to the power station for a guided tour.

 


Joining the group was former employee Jim Dickson and his family.


Transition Town Hastings group join ex-engineer Jim Dickson and Dungeness B Station Director, Ian Stewart, to celebrate the visitor centre’s 20,000th visitor

Jim, now 75, was originally involved in the initial groundworks and construction of the station and loaded the first batch of fuel into the reactor in the early 1980s.

“It’s amazing to think that 20,000 people have now visited the plant that I had a part in building,” said Mr Dickson. “And it’s great to see that the station is still safely and reliably generating electricity.”

Dungeness B produces enough low-carbon power for over one and a half million homes and 2016 proved to be a record year for the station, as it generated more electricity than ever before over a 12-month period.

Located next to the power station, the interactive visitor centre has proved extremely popular with local people of all ages since it was opened in February 2013 by EDF Energy CEO, Vincent de Rivaz, and local MP, Damian Collins, and has developed into a focal point for EDF Energy's community engagement in Kent.

Alison Prentice, Dungeness B visitor centre coordinator said: “The visitor centre and what it offers has been instrumental in strengthening our ties with the community here on the south coast of Kent and we look forward to welcoming our next 20,000 visitors.”

“We run a variety of activities throughout year including events for youngsters over the summer holidays to develop their interest in science, technology, engineering and maths. As the power station is a major employer in the area, we also attend a number of careers fairs across the county.”

The centre is open weekdays, except bank holidays, from 09:00 until 16:00. For more information on upcoming events and how to book onto a free tour, contact 01797 343728 or dungenessbtours@edf-energy.com

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