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College Learners Venture Down Under

School pupils who are also studying Engineering at Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor, got the opportunity to venture underground on a recent college visit to Dinorwig Power Station.

Students from Botwnnog, Eifionydd and Glan y Mor schools who study at the college’s Hafan Centre in Pwllheli, journeyed to the centre of Elidir Fawr mountain to see electricity being generated. The College’s Hafan Centre at the Marina delivers a range of courses relating to Boat Building, Marine Engineering and Support Services for the maritime industry.

As part of their studies, the students have been learning about the different aspects of engineering, the work engineers perform, as well as sustainable engineering products. The visit to ENGIE (the company that owns First Hydro company) was an excellent opportunity to reinforce first-hand what they had learned so far in the classroom. The First Hydro company produces electricity at the station through a water storage and pumping system.

The students were escorted to the belly of Elidir mountain under the leadership of Toni Jones, the on-site control and instrumentation engineer, to see the station producing energy. In addition, learners also practised their team-working skills under the guidance of Trefor Hughes-Morris from the human resources department and eagle-eyed civil engineer Bryn Williams.

The Dinorwig Power Station, known locally as Electric Mountain, or Mynydd Gwefru, is a pumped-storage hydroelectric scheme, near Dinorwig, Llanberis in Snowdonia national park in Gwynedd, north Wales. The scheme can supply a maximum power of 1,728 MW and has a storage capacity of around 9.1 GWh

Are you interested in a career in Engineering? The college offers Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 courses in Engineering at its Pwllheli campus. For more information visit our website at or contact Emlyn Evans at for more information.