10 Jul 15

East Lothian set to benefit from investment at Torness power station

One of two nuclear reactors at EDF Energy’s Torness power station in East Lothian will be taken out of service on Friday 10th July for a major maintenance programme worth around £30 million.


More than 500 extra workers will join the workforce during the nine week period, providing a boost to the local economy. They will carry out over 12,000 separate pieces of work – each carefully planned during the last two years of preparation.


The extensive programme of work will see inspections take place inside the reactor, as well as installation of new equipment at the plant. The biggest projects include exchanging two large gas circulators which help cool the reactor and replacing blades on the turbine which is used to turn steam into low carbon electricity.


The maintenance periods known as “statutory outages” take place every three years on each reactor and are planned in advance with the National Grid to ensure that there is no impact on the national electricity supply. Torness’s other reactor is due to continue operating normally throughout the period.


Station Director, Paul Winkle, said: “This inspection, maintenance and investment programme has been carefully planned over the last two years and will enable us to continue safely generating low carbon electricity at Torness for many years to come.


“It’s good news for the local economy which will see local shops, taxi firms, restaurants, B and B’s and hotels benefit from the large number of extra people who will be staying in and around East Lothian”


Torness power station’s two nuclear reactors generate enough electricity to power more than 2 million homes and started operating in 1988. The station employs more than 500 full time staff and around 250 full time contract partners to ensure the safe reliable generation of electricity.


Torness has produced enough low carbon electricity to save the equivalent of 140 million tonnes of CO2 during its 27 years of operation, the same as taking all of the passenger cars off the UK's roads for two years.


For more information contact:

Lindsey Ingram
Media Officer - Scotland
01355 846283
07813 230379

Notes to editors

Torness outage in numbers


  • 12,000 separate pieces of work
  • £30 million investment
  • 750 staff and contract partners
  • 500 extra staff
  • This happens every 3 years on each reactor
  • 1988 Torness started operating
  • In 27 years, 140 million tonnes of CO2 ( Carbon Dioxide ) avoided
  • This is equivalent to taking all the UK’s passenger cars off the roads for 2 years

EDF Energy in Scotland

In Scotland EDF Energy operates Hunterston B in North Ayrshire and Torness in East Lothian which employ over 1,000 staff and around 500 contracting partners across the two power stations. EDF Energy employs a further 200 office based staff in East Kilbride.  As well as generating enough power to serve some 4 million homes the company also provides gas and electricity to over 80,000 Scottish customers with around half of those opting for one of the company’s Blue+ products which are backed by low-carbon generation. We operate two windfarms in the Scottish Borders and make sure we buy enough electricity generated from a low-carbon nuclear source to match every unit of electricity we estimate our Blue customers use. EDF Energy is proud to power up some of the largest organisations in the UK, including supplying almost all public sector bodies in Scotland with after being awarded Scotland’s largest electricity supply contract by annual volume from April 2013. Following a landmark agreement with Network Rail the company also provides nuclear-backed Blue energy to power up the UKs electric rail network, covering most of the south east of England and the main lines from London to Edinburgh and Glasgow, as well as the Merseyrail network around Liverpool and the Glasgow suburban network.