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EDF - Golfech site

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EDF, France's leading electricity producer and supplier, invites you to discover electricity and nuclear power. How is electricity produced? How does a nuclear power plant work?

 

Come and get the answers directly on site!

Guided tour: The EDF power plant in Golfech (82)

Located on the banks of the Garonne, the Golfech Nuclear Electricity Production Center covers an area of approximately 220 hectares. The site includes two production units of 1,300 MW each and supplies between 15 and 20 billion kWh each year, or the equivalent of approximately 50% of the consumption of the Occitanie region.

As soon as you arrive on the site at the Main Access Post, the team of guides welcomes you to ensure the access formalities.

You then access the Discovery Area, a fun and interactive space dedicated to discovering electricity production, where you are presented with the plant and its operating principle.

Before leaving for your visit, you leave your personal belongings in a cloakroom then the team of guides equips you with a safety helmet and reminds you of the safety rules in force on nuclear sites.

You are ready to discover the impressive facilities!

After passing through the security gates, the guide leads you near the various buildings: reactor, engine room, cooling tower.

You then enter the heart of the engine room to meet Anne-Marie or Marie-Thérèse, the turbines that drive the alternator providing electricity at 20,000 volts! You will be impressed by the dimensions of the machines, the pipes that are tangled up for miles and by the incredible number of motors, taps and valves.

Outside you pass in front of the transformer which allows electricity to be evacuated on the network at 400,000 Volts.

The visit continues at the level of the condenser which cools the steam, no less than 127,000 tubes make it up! And to finish, a stop is essential at the foot of the highest air-cooling towers in Europe.

Free or guided tour of the exhibition organized around 6 themes to better understand the history of the electricity fairy, the energy issues, the different means of electricity production, the operation of a nuclear power plant, the Group's commitment EDF in favor of Sustainable Development and respect for the environment, using models and various multimedia tools.

During school holidays (zone C), the Espace Découverte offers a program of scientific and fun activities to discover in the following link.

Each year, the Espace Découverte presents a temporary exhibition around various themes. In 2020, the themes of robotics, new technologies and innovation are to be discovered in the INNOVA' Golfech Exhibition in "Expo" or "Escape Game" mode.

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After passing through the security gates, the guide takes you near the different buildings: reactor, engine room, cooling tower.

You then enter the heart of the engine room to doacquaintance with Anne-Marie or Marie-Thérèse, the turbines which drive the alternator providing electricity at 24,000 Volts! You will be impressed by the dimensions of the machines, the pipes that tangle for kilometers and by the incredible number of motors, taps and valves.

Outside you pass in front of the transformer which allows electricity to be evacuated to the network at 400,000 Volts.

The visit continues at the level of the condenser which ensures the cooling of the steam, no less than 127,000 tubes make it up! And finally, a stop is essential at the foot of the highest cooling towers in Europe.

Free or guided tour of the exhibition structured around 6 themes to better understand the history of the electricity fairy, energy issues, the different means of electricity production, the operation of a nuclear power plant, the Group's commitment EDF in favor of Sustainable Development and respect for the environment, using models and various multimedia tools.

During school holidays (zone C), the EDF Oddysselec Space offers a program of scientific and fun activities to discovericiEach year, the Discovery Space presents a temporary exhibition around various themes. 

Other visits guided available at the Golfech Nuclear Power Plant

  • Energy Circuits (duration: 2 hours - access conditions: 10 years, no administrative procedures)

This visit explains the operation of the two Golfech power plants, the hydroelectric power plant and the nuclear power plant. It allows us to zoom in on the French energy mix, low-carbon production in a context of production without greenhouse gases.

The visit takes place in 2 stages: the first in the EDF Odyssélec space through different modules and various supports: discussion time, experiences, videos and Oculus.

Secondly, the visit continues on the footbridge of the hydraulic power station located in its natural and industrial environment to understand its operation.

 

  • Fish elevator (duration : 1h30 - access conditions: 7 years, no administrative procedures)

This outdoor tour presents the Garonne and the fish elevator of the Golfech hydraulic power station. The 1st part takes place in the discovery area, then at the hydraulic power station. Visit available only in spring and summer for the General Public.

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Visit Golfech

1h30

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The Espace Découverte is accessible to everyone on Wednesdays and Fridays from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and during school holidays (zone C) from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Installation visits are reserved for groups in a professional, associative or school setting by reservation .

The Electrical Industry Days allow the general public to visit the facilities: registration at edf.fr/JIE

 

Mandatory access conditions:

- Be 12 years old.

- Recent digital photo and photocopy of valid ID requested when booking / ID required on the day of the visit.

- Imperative deadline for registration of two months to carry out the access formalities.

- Wearing flat and closed shoes as well as long pants (shorts and skirts prohibited)

- Be in good physical condition for walking and standing.

Individual / Group Rates & Information

For everyone
 

Free
 

The programming has been designed so that the groups do not cross paths.

Pets are prohibited during the tour.

Minors must be accompanied for the visit.

For more information on the golfech site: visits.edf.golfech@manatour.fr

Meeting address

Golfech Nuclear Power Generation Center
82400 Golfech

 

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