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S5W-20145: Neil Bibby (West Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 22 November 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with EDF Energy regarding generation at Hunterston B and the economic future of the site.

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 6 December 2018

The Scottish Government is in regular contact with EDF regarding the future of Hunterston B. A delegation of Scottish officials visited the site on 6 November 2018 and met with the Station Director to discuss the current issues with the two reactors and when they may be brought back into service.

We support proposals to extend the operating life of Hunterston B, with the qualification that this is provided that strict environment and safety criteria continue to be met and that the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) is satisfied that this can be done safely.

Prolonging the life of this station will enable it to continue playing a part in meeting Scottish demand while we increase the proportion of electricity generated by renewables and cleaner thermal generation technologies.