Power station to open its doors

Paul Newman
Paul Newman

POWER station bosses will “meet and greet” the public at an open day in Hartlepool.

And today, Hartlepool’s nuclear power station director hailed the day as the first stage in a new future which will see the public given more access to the plant.

It is being planned for Saturday, September 17.

Senior management today urged the public to come forward and speak to them about any issue, from safety in the aftermath of the Japanese power station disaster to job opportunities.

The station’s owners EDF Energy have described it as “a chance to chat to and meet for yourselves the people who run this low carbon powerhouse, safely producing enough electricity every day for more than 1.5m homes.”

The day runs from 9.30am and 1.30pm at Hartlepool power station’s Training Centre 2.

Visitors can find out how electricity is generated from nuclear power and they can put questions to the station director Paul Newman, to the station management team and others from the station, which employs more than 500 staff.

Mr Newman said: “We are all very proud of what we do here at Hartlepool, both locally in offering jobs and nationally by safely producing two per cent of the nation’s low carbon electricity demands.

“This day will give us a chance to meet more members of our community and for them to ask any questions they want of us.

“I’m really excited about the event because I know how important the power station is to the community. I want to welcome our neighbours in to discuss any issues that are of interest or concern – this could be anything from safety, following the Fukushima event, through to job opportunities.

“This open day is happening at the same time across the EDF Energy UK nuclear power stations, as well as our parent company’s nuclear stations in France.

“I’m looking forward to outlining how we will be increasing our openness in the future, including reopening visitor centres and increasing the number of tours on site.”

Anyone wanting to join the visit, should contact Debbie Simpson on (01429) 853574 by Thursday, September 15.