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Hartlepool Power Station HARTLEPOOL Power Station has been part of the North East business community for the past 40 years.

And for the past 30 years the site has produced enough low-carbon electricity to power two million homes each and every day.

The power station was built in the late 1960s and it soon forged links with other power producers in the area including NESCOE.

The station first started producing power in August 1983 and has since produced around 180 terawatts of low-carbon electricity, the equivalent of around 30 million homes for a year, while also saving 85 million tonnes of CO2 over that 30-year period.

As part of its anniversary celebrations, the site's Local Community Liaison Council meeting, usually held at the station, will be held at Hartlepool College of Further Education.

The meeting will include displays and stands from many of the station's departments including HR and environmental safety.

Simon Parsons, Hartlepool power station director, said: "This year marks our 30th anniversary so what better time to go out and talk to people about what we are doing here at Hartlepool? This is an open meeting and a great opportunity to come and learn about the power station and talk direct to some of our staff.

"There is a lot happening on site, we are nearing the end of our planned maintenance outage which sees many more people on site, and we also invest many millions into the plant.

"The plans for our new visitor centre are well advanced and we are really excited about being able to welcome members of the public and offer them the chance to see around the site.

"Although it is early days, we are looking at the long-term future of Hartlepool power station to take it beyond 2019 and well into the 2020s."

Looking to the future, Hartlepool power station recently set up a large mentoring scheme with pupils from the town's sixth form college. It is hoped many of them return to the area after completing their degrees.

Simon added: "In terms of employment we have around 550 EDF Energy employees and approximately 200 contract partners here at Hartlepool, and we have a strong apprentice and graduate programme.

"One area we are looking at it is how we replace people who will be retiring over the next few years."

As part of that planning process the station also has a strong apprentice programme, with around 25 apprentices on the four-year scheme.

Recruitment for the scheme starts each autumn with applicants drawn from the Hartlepool area.

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Apr 23, 2013
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