Hunterston B power station

Hunterston B is a nuclear power station on the west coast of Scotland.

Public consultation on proposals for decommissioning Hunterston B

Hunterston B

Hunterston B stopped generating electricity in January 2022 after 46 years of service. Over the next few years EDF will remove the used fuel from the reactors and prepare for the decommissioning of the nuclear power station.

Decommissioning will involve dismantling and demolition of plant and buildings on the Hunterston B site and will be carried out by Magnox, which is part of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

Find out more about the decommissioning process.

Whilst future uses of the site will not be achieved for many decades, the decommissioning proposals are a stepped approach to dismantling and decontamination towards an end state, allowing for safe radioactive decay, prior to final site clearance.

These proposals for decommissioning are subject to further development. We are holding this consultation now to get your views to inform the decommissioning proposals that will be submitted to the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) for approval before decommissioning can proceed.

Our consultation will run from 8th August 2022 to 19th September 2022. Your views are important to us, and we encourage you to provide feedback. You can view all the consultation materials at our online exhibition space or one of our public events.  

During the consultation period there will be four public events where members of the community can come along, find out about the proposals, talk to representatives from EDF and give their views.

If you would like to find out more about the consultation or request copies of the documents, you can get in contact by phone on 0800 915 3249, by email at or by filling in our online feedback form

We have recently submitted our EIA Scoping Report to Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) setting out the proposed scope of the EIA to be undertaken for the Hunterston B decommissioning proposals. This document has been submitted to request a scoping opinion from the ONR which will confirm the scope of the assessment required under the Nuclear Reactors (Environmental Impact Assessment for Decommissioning) Regulations 1999 (as amended). You can find the scoping report in the links below: 

Consultation public events

Millport – Saturday, 13th August, 10am-5pm
DA Hall, Howard St, Isle of Cumbrae, KA28 0A

West Kilbride – Tuesday, 16th August, 1pm-8pm
West Kilbride Village Hall, 1 Arthur St, West Kilbride KA23 9EN

Largs – Wednesday, 17th August, 1pm-8pm
Barrfields Pavilion/ Vikingar Theatre, Greenock Rd, Largs KA30 8QJ

Fairlie – Wednesday 24th August, 1pm-8pm
Fairlie Village Hall, Fairlie, Largs KA29 0AB

Hard copies of the documents will also be available to view at the following locations (opening times can be found on the North Ayrshire Council website):

  • Fairlie Library
  • Millport Library 
  • Largs Library 
  • West Kilbride Library

Since 1976 Hunterston B has generated low carbon electricity for 77.9 million homes

Avoiding 101.5m tonnes of CO2 emissions*

Like taking every car off Scotland's roads for more than 19 years

*when compared to direct emissions of combined cycle gas turbines | all figures rounded to the nearest hundred thousand

About Hunterston B

  • Station Director: Joe Struthers
  • 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
  • Start of defuelling: 2022
  • People: Approximately 520 full time EDF employees plus over 250 full time contract partners

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Format: 13/08/2022
Format: 13/08/2022

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