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Dungeness B Power Station Visitor Centre

Dungeness Power Stations

Dungeness B is a nuclear power station that sits in a unique location in the middle of Dungeness National Nature Reserve in Kent; a Special Protection Area (SPA) and a Special Area of Conservation (SAC).

Work on the first of the two powers stations built at Dungeness, Dungeness A, commenced in August 1960. It took 6 years to build and was formally opened on 26 May 1966. It was the fifth nuclear power station commissioned in England and Wales. It possessed two nuclear reactors producing 219 MW of electricity each, with a total capacity of 438 MW. In December 2006 the A station ceased power generation.

Defuelling was completed in June 2012 and the demolition of the turbine hall was completed in June 2015. It is expected to enter the 'care and maintenance' stage of decommissioning in 2027. Demolition of reactor buildings and final site clearance is planned for 2088 to 2098.

Dungeness B is an advanced gas-cooled reactor (AGR) power station consisting of two 1496 MWt reactors, which began operation in 1983 and 1985 respectively. Dungeness B was the first commercial scale AGR power station to be constructed.

In 2005, the station's planned closure date was extended by ten years, which would allow it to continue operating until 2018, 35 years after first power generation.

In 2015, the plant was given another ten-year life extension, allowing an upgrade to control room computer systems and improved flood defences, taking the accounting closure date to 2028.

Dungeness B Power Station Visitor Centre

Dungeness Power Stations

Its Visitor Centre gives the opportunity for members of the public to enjoy the interactive exhibition zone and embark on a guided site tour to see the plant in operation, all free of charge. The aim of the visitor centre is to help members of the public understand more how nuclear energy is generated.

The centre is interactive and uses interactive models, touch screen computers and information panels to explain how electricity is generated in a nuclear power station.  Information is also provided on safety, nuclear waste and radiation.

The centre offers free Exploring Electricity tours for the general public, societies, business groups, colleges and universities at either 9.30am or 1.30pm (subject to availability). 

They also offer free educational visits for primary and secondary schools from 9.30am until 2pm. Upon request, they are also able to offer: STEM and school activities, information about their apprenticeship scheme and talks from employees about various aspects of engineering and science”.

All bookings are subject to availability.   See below for further information about Guided Tours.

Dungeness B Power Station
Dungeness B Power Station

 

Location

The Dungeness B Power Station Visitor Centre is located at:

Dungeness B Power Station
Romney Marsh
TN29 9PX

For further information please contact:

telephone icon    01797 343728

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Opening Hours

The visitor centre is open Monday to Friday, from 9am to 4pm.  No pre-booking is required to look around the visitor centre.

Entry Fee

There is no charge for entry into the Visitor Centre.  There is also no charge for the guided tours, however, see the paragraph below for further information.

Guided Tours

The centre also offers guided tours of the power station. These must be pre-booked at least four weeks in advance and the minimum tour age is 8 years of age. They are not open at weekends or on Bank Holidays. 
The walking tour of the site can take about 1½ hours to complete and takes in lifts, narrow corridors and in some cases stairways so may not be suitable for people with walking difficulties. If you have any concerns, please check with the Visitor Centre staff prior to leaving on a tour.

To find out more and book your tour, please see pdf Icon Dungeness Visitor Centre Information.

For further information about the Power Station, Visitor Centre, or guided tours, please visit the Dungeness B Power Station webpage.

 

Visitor Centre
Inside the Visitor Centre

 

Inside Dungeness B Power Station
Inside Dungeness B Power Station