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: 20/07/2019
Format: 20/07/2019
Staff and contractors at Hunterston B holding balloons showing the number of hours worked at the station,18,232,371, without anyone having to take time off of work due to an injury at the station.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Hunterston celebrates decade of safe working

Staff at Hunterston B power station are celebrating a significant safety milestone as the station reached 10 years without anyone having to take time off due to an injury at work.
Eve Muirhead with primary 6 pupils from Stanley Primary in Ardrossan
Monday, December 11, 2017

North Ayrshire pupils give science a sporting chance

Scotland’s women’s curling captain, Eve Muirhead, visited Stanley Primary in Ardrossan as part of EDF Energy’s education outreach work to talk to them about the links between sport and science. 

Rachel Pellegrini - Going the Extra Mile Award winner
Monday, December 4, 2017

Special honours for Hunterston B apprentices

Two Hunterston B apprentices, Rachel Pellegrini and Conor Logie, have been singled out for special honours at EDF Energy’s annual apprenticeship graduation ceremony in Worcestershire.

Hunterston B power station
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Safety video success during Hunterston B maintenance outage

Hunterston B power station has worked with a local community organisation to ensure safety on site during its maintenance outage. The EDF Energy station teamed up with Ayr-based Moving Arts Scotland CIC to create a new virtual reality training video.

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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. 

Community

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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