28 Mar 13

Hunterston B celebrates five years without a lost time incident

2008 might have been a year of recession for most of us, but for Hunterston B it was when a record-breaking run of safety performance began.

Staff and contract partners at Hunterston B power station are celebrating more than five years without anyone suffering a lost time incident. And with over 700 people working at the EDF Energy nuclear power station which generates enough low carbon electricity for more than a million homes, this is a pretty impressive achievement. A lost time incident, LTI, is when a member of staff or a contractor injures themselves at work, and is absent from work for one day or more.

Station director Colin Weir is proud of his team:

“This news demonstrates clearly the improvements we’re making as a fleet in our drive for zero harm. But we’re never complacent. This great result covers the last 5 years, but for us it’s the next 5 years and beyond that we’re focused on now. It's our determination each day and shift to make our environment a safer place to work.”

Andy Spurr is Managing Director of EDF Energy Nuclear Generation and sent a message to the Hunterston B team: “A fantastic achievement by team Hunterston B and everybody working there – EDF Energy staff and our partners. Zero harm is within our reach!”

Hunterston B facts

  • Since it first supplied electricity to the National Grid in 1976, Hunterston B has produced around 250 terawatt hours (TWh), and today produces enough electricity to power one million homes..
  • As nuclear power is a low-carbon form of electricity generation, Hunterston B has, in its lifetime, avoided at least 160 million tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere.
  • Hunterston B started generating on 6 February 1976 and in December 2012 announced a life extension to 2023
  • The two reactors generate enough low carbon electricity for more than one million homes
  • The station employs 531 staff including 25 apprentices plus 180 full-time contract partners
  • Hunterston B beat its own generation targets for the last three years
  • EDF Energy has invested £43 million in the plant in 2012
  • The local economy benefits from an annual boost of around £40 million thanks to the power station's continued operation.