A nuclear power station in East Lothian, Scotland is welcoming back visitors for the first time in 12 years today.
The new visitor centre at Torness nuclear station (pictured) is the latest of seven planned centres to be opened by EDF Energy across the UK. The energy supplier said is designed to “capture the imagination” of children and adults with hands-on display and guided tours of the power station.
The news comes as the station marks 25 years of power generation this summer. It has generated 200 terawatts of low carbon energy since starting production in 1988 – cutting 130 million tonnes of carbon emissions, equivalent to removing all the vehicles from the entire UK roads for two years.
Andy Spurr, EDF Energy’s Managing Director – Nuclear Generation said opening the visitor centre is an “important milestone” for the company: “It will enable thousands of people from the local community and beyond to see nuclear power and to learn about how we safely generate low carbon electricity for around two million homes.”
Local MSP Iain Gray added the new centre would help visitors understand the importance of nuclear power for the UK’s energy infrastructure.