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Year 12’s Sizewell B Power Station Trip

14 Mar 24

Despite the continuing rainy weather, 20 Year 12 students set off on Tuesday morning for Sizewell B power station. They enjoyed an informative tour where they were able to apply their knowledge of nuclear energy thanks to Dr Law’s expertise in the area – Luca reports on the day.

Luca, Year 12

On the journey, as we neared Sizewell, we were able to see the very early stages of construction for the administration building for Sizewell C and the levelling-out of the ground on which they will build.

Upon our arrival we were given a rundown of how the Sizewell B reactor functions and most importantly a safety brief, making it evident just how important safety is to EDF, a theme which was constant throughout our tour. Once we’d cleared security, we headed toward the maintenance building where we were shown the new high-pressure water cutter and were informed of the numerous career options in nuclear energy and even courses funded entirely by EDF.

Although we were not able to enter the reactor building, we stood at its base and stared up at the metal metropolis that loomed over us, which was of course the famous large white dome which can be viewed from much of the Suffolk coastline and even my bedroom window.

We were, however, lucky enough to be shown through the turbine hall. Equipped with our PPE we entered the double doors and immediately felt the sheer power produced as our bodies were shaken by the vibrations created by metal blades being spun at 3000rpm.

The turbine area consisted of a huge room with a labyrinth of pipes and walkways that stretched some 40ft below us. This was my and many of my peers’ highlight of the trip, as it presented to us just how complicated and extensive these pressurised water reactors really are.

Thanks to Dr Law for organising a great trip and thanks to Sizewell B for inviting and hosting us throughout the day.

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