About Hunterston B

  • Station Director: Paul Forrest
  • Total supply to the national grid: 965MW 
  • Reactor type: 2 Advanced Gas-cooled Reactors 
  • Coolant: Carbon dioxide gas (CO2)
  • Start of construction: 1968
  • Start of generation: 1976
  • Estimated decommissioning date: January 2022
  • People: Approximately 520 full time EDF Energy employees plus over 250 full time contract partners
  • Daily plant status - find out which reactors at our eight nuclear power stations are in service and what they are generating (information updated on weekdays)

Power station - Hunterston B

Hunterston B is a nuclear power station on the west coast of Scotland. It is capable of supplying electricity to approximately 1.5 million UK homes.

Latest news and community updates

Format: 24/02/2021
Format: 24/02/2021
Hunterston B security guard, John Frew.
Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Hunterston B worker runs up charity total

A security guard at EDF’s Hunterston B power station has raised more than £1000 for Prostate Cancer UK after taking part in the charity’s “Run the Month” challenge.



At Hunterston B we have been conducting the most extensive investigation programme ever undertaken on the graphite core of our reactors.  You can find out more about the role of graphite in our reactors, and the results of our inspections by following the link below.

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Visit us

Drop into our visitor centre or book a station tour to see for yourself how we generate electricity in a nuclear power station. 

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. 


EDF Energy and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority hold regular joint meetings (Site Stakeholder Group or SSG) with local people, the media, council and emergency services representatives and local politicians to maintain regular communications about the nuclear site. This meeting is independently chaired. 

The next SSG is 6 June 2019. The meeting will take place at The Waterside Hotel, Ardossan Road.

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Safety and reporting

Our number one priority is safety. Find out about EDF Energy's commitment to Zero Harm.

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