Our free and accessible five star award winning interactive visitor centres at Torness and Hunterston B, offer classroom facilities,presentations and site tours which tie in with the Curriculum for Excellence which aims to excite students of all ages
EDF Energy is opening new visitor centres at each of its nuclear power stations across the UK. The first visitor centre to open was at Hunterston B power station in Ayrshire, closely followed by Torness’s power station in East Lothian.
The visitor centres are where you can find out more about EDF Energy’s nuclear power station operations, how we generate electricity and more about EDF Energy.
Pre-arranged site tours are also available – please give us at least two weeks’ notice. And please check our frequently asked questions about accessibility to our sites. Weekend and evening tours available, by prior arrangement only & minimum group size of 10.
Groups will be able to come on site and explore electricity with us – seeing first hand how we use nuclear power to provide low carbon electricity for the UK.
And all this is free…
Festive Opening Times 2019:
Torness visitor centre will be open as usual up until 23rd December.
24th Dec – 09:00-13:30
25th & 26th Dec CLOSED
27th – 09:00-15:00
30th – 09:00-15:00
CLOSED 1-5th January.
Reopen as usual from Monday 6th January 2020.
Torness Power Station
First produced power in 1988 and has an expected lifetime of 2023. The site has two reactors and produces enough low carbon power for around 2 million homes. The site employs around 550 EDF Energy people and 180 full time contractors. See below for careers at EDF Energy.
All sites tours require advanced booking. Tours will be available at the weekend, subject to availability and demand.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why do I need to pre-book a site tour, can I not just turn up?
A: To comply with the requirements of our site licence and our regulators, all tours must be booked in advance and visitors will be subject to some security clearance processes. This means tours must be booked at least two weeks in advance. You will also be required to bring photographic identity with you, preferably your passport, to complete the arrangements prior to going on the tour.
Q: Is there anything I can't bring on site with me?
A: Yes, to ensure we comply with our Nuclear Site License, there are restrictions on taking specific items on to site, including weapons, cameras, mobile telephones and video recording equipment. This applies to all staff and visitors. Please contact the site to clarify whether you are permitted to take an object on to site.
Q: I’m a foreign national, am I allowed on the site tours?
A: Foreign nationals may be allowed on the pre-arranged tours but are subject to additional security requirements and need prior approval from the Office of Nuclear Regulation (ONR). This will take a minimum of 15 working days. Please note that these requirements do not apply to children under the age of 16 who are visiting as part of an organised school party.
Q: How accessible is the pre-arranged tour?
A: Our visitor centres are open to everyone and are fully accessible to all. The walking tour of the station can take approximately one hour to complete and does take in lifts, narrow corridors and in some cases stairways, so may not be suitable for people with walking difficulties. Please check with our visitor centre staff prior to leaving on the tour if you have any concerns
Q: Will I be safe on a nuclear power station?
A: The safety of our staff, visitors and the communities around us is our number one priority. All our guides are fully trained to ensure that your visit will be both safe and enjoyable. During the tour you may hear alarm tests or announcements, these are part of our normal operations and your guide will keep you advised as to what they mean
Q: Do I need to wear special clothing?
A: No. Some of our stations require visitors to wear a high visibility jacket and in some cases hard hats, these will be provided for you before you leave on the tour. It is advisable to wear shoes that are comfortable for walking long distances.
Join us full time
EDF Energy is the fastest growing utility company in the UK and our goal is to make EDF Energy the number one utilities company for personal development, where talented people are identified and progress quickly to fulfil their potential. We have put a range of world class development programmes in place at varying levels within the company to develop employee skills and competencies. Torness and Hunterston have well developed apprentice schemes, with recruitment starting each autumn, and also highly regarded graduate and industrial placement programmes. There are also engineering and business support vacancies at the sites. www.edfenergy.com/careers.