Nuclear power future explained

Power station plant manager Nick Collins, right, explains more about the station to David, left, and Brad McCorkell, centre.
Power station plant manager Nick Collins, right, explains more about the station to David, left, and Brad McCorkell, centre.

NUCLEAR power, new stations and job opportunities were high on the agenda at Hartlepool Power Station’s first open day.

More than 35 people attended the event which saw plant manager Nick Collins and other members of the station’s lead team give a talk to the audience about the site and EDF Energy’s role in developing new stations.

Other specialists from the station were also there for curious people to ask questions on all aspects of nuclear energy generation, recruitment and training.

Nick said: “It was great to see such interest in our open day programme.

“We talked about EDF Energy’s new build plans at Hinkley and Sizewell, but also Hartlepool’s continuing role as a supplier of low carbon electricity.”

During the day, people were shown around the training centre’s state-of-the-art control room simulator.

Mr Collins said: “At Hartlepool we have one of the best training centres in the company and it was good to show those attending the quality of the facilities we have here.”

Many of those attending the event were interested in potential jobs at the stations and with EDF Energy as a whole.

They heard about the sites’ four-year scheme which has just seen six school leavers taken on as first year apprentices.

Nick said: “I hope that those attending this event have a better understanding of what we do here at Hartlepool and those who were thinking of a career with us will apply.”