Power station is attraction

30/05/07''PICTURE IT NOW: Nuclear power firm British Energy met forecasts with a 44 percent rise in underlying profit on Wednesday as higher prices offset a fall in power output, and promised a better output performance this financial year. Photo: Dungeness nuclear power station, Kent. MAYOAK0003460640
30/05/07''PICTURE IT NOW: Nuclear power firm British Energy met forecasts with a 44 percent rise in underlying profit on Wednesday as higher prices offset a fall in power output, and promised a better output performance this financial year. Photo: Dungeness nuclear power station, Kent. MAYOAK0003460640

An interactive visit0r centre at Dungeness B nuclear power station has attracted more than 10,000 visitors since opening its doors two years ago.

Station director Martin Pearson said the centre has proved “extremely popular with people of all ages”.

He said: “The response we have had from our visitors has been very positive and I am delighted that so many people have decided to come here to find out about how we generate electricity.

“Many schools, colleges and local groups have visited the centre over the last 24 months and we’re taking many repeat bookings from teachers.”

The power station also encourages young people to take up science, technology, Engineering and maths subjects both by visiting schools and holding events on site to engage students and highlight the many career possibilities should they choose to study these subjects further.

June Ashton, visitor centre coordinator, added: “The first two years have really shown the value of the visitor centre to the local community.”