About Hunterston B

Hunterston B is a nuclear power station on the west coast of Scotland. It is capable of supplying electricity to approximately 1.7 million UK homes.

  • Station Director: Colin Weir 
  • 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: 2023
  • People: Approximately 520 full time EDF Energy employees plus over 250 full time contract partners

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.

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Format: 27/03/2019
Format: 27/03/2019
Hunterston B 2016 output
Friday, September 8, 2017

Boost for North Ayrshire business as Hunterston B power station maintenance starts

There will be a boost for businesses in North Ayrshire as hundreds of additional workers join the team at EDF Energy’s Hunterston B power station to carry out a major maintenance programme worth around £20m. One of the two reactors at the power station has been taken off line for an eight week period.

Sharon Blackett and Pamela Malcolm from Hunterston B power station
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Hunterston B workers take to the sky for charity

Three dare-devil members of staff at EDF Energy’s Hunterston B power station have taken part in a charity skydive to raise money for the company’s official charity partner, Breast Cancer Now. Fundraising efforts have the station have raised more than £9,000 so far with the skydive raising more the £2,000 of that total.

L-R: Blair Morrison, Alistair Boyd, Calum McLuckie, Christopher Barclay and Martin Gaetano during their Three Peaks challenge
Friday, August 11, 2017

Hunterston B worker tackles Three Peaks for charity

A member of staff at EDF Energy’s Hunterston B power station has conquered the United Kingdom’s three highest peaks for charity. Ardrossan man Martin Gaetano who is a project planner at the station put his skills to good use to mastermind the challenge which he completed with four of his friends. They raised more than £1,600 for Beatson Cancer Charity in the process.

Hunterston B Station Director, Colin Weir, hands over a cheque for £8,000 to North Ayrshire Women's Aid's Chief Officer, Mary Beglan
Thursday, August 3, 2017

Hunterston B gives funding boost to local women’s charity

A North Ayrshire charity which offers emotional and practical support for women and children affected by domestic abuse has become the latest beneficiary of EDF Energy’s Scottish Charity Fund. The owner of Hunterston B power station has donated £8,000 from the fund to North Ayrshire Women’s Aid.



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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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 7 March 2019 location to be confirmed.

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