About Torness

Torness is a nuclear power station on the east coast of Scotland, 33 miles east of Edinburgh. It is capable of supplying electricity over 2 million UK homes.

  • Station Director: Paul Winkle
  • Reactor type: 2 Advanced Gas-cooled Reactors
  • Total supply to the national grid: 1190 MW
  • Coolant: Carbon dioxide gas (CO2)
  • Start of construction: 1980
  • Start of generation: 1988
  • Estimated decommissioning date: 2023
  • People: Approximately 550 full time EDF Energy employees plus over 180 full time contract partners
Last updated: 22 Dec 2014 16.28hrs Generation (MW) data as at: 22 Dec 2014 11.30hrs

Reactor 1

Turbine Generator 1

In service
589MW

Status

Nominal full load

Next statutory outage

Apr-2017

Reactor 2

Turbine Generator 2

In service
601MW

Status

Nominal full load

Next statutory outage

Jul-2015

Notes

Nominal full load refers to the nominal maximum generation in megawatts from a reactor.  The output from a reactor can fluctuate even when at full load for many reasons (e.g. plant conditions, sea water temperatures, operating limits/constraints etc).  Where the output of a reactor is reduced by approximately 10% or more of its maximum, the reason for this will be shown.  Generation figures are net of any imports into the station and may be negative when a unit is not generating.

Return to service dates are provided to the same accuracy as provided to National Grid under the requirements of the Grid Code and refer to the first full day of operation.  Where a return to service date falls within approximately two weeks of the date of this report, the exact date will be shown.  Where a return to service date is expected to fall more than two weeks into the future, the week commencing in which a reactor is due to return to service will be indicated (shown as “w/c”).

Additional information on the availability of our nuclear power stations can be found on our REMIT page.

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Community

EDF Energy hold regular meetings (Local Liaison Council or LLC) with local people, the media, council and emergency services representatives and local politicians to maintain regular communications about the nuclear site. 

The next LLC is Thursday 19 March 2015.

For more information, contact Margaret Wenham, EDF Energy, on +44 (0)1368 873000.

Read our latest community report (PDF)

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Drop into our visitor centre or book a full tour to see for yourself how we generate nuclear energy.

Our visitor centre has an interactive exhibition where you can find out more about nuclear power generation. We also offer pre-booked tours of the power station and it's all free of charge. 

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Contact us

  • Address:
    EDF Energy
    Torness power station
    Torness
    Dunbar
    East Lothian
    EH42 1QS
     
  • Reception: +44 (0)1368 873000
  • Media requests: Lindsey Ingram, +44 (0)1355 846283
  • Community requests: Ashleigh Dickson, +44 (0)1368 873847
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