EDF’s Scottish nuclear power plant in Hunterston B to close after 46 years

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A general view of Hunterston ‘B’ nuclear power station near Largs in the west of Scotland on September 24, 2008. REUTERS / David Moir

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LONDON, Jan. 7 (Reuters) – EDF’s (EDF.PA) Hunterston B nuclear power plant in Scotland will close on Friday after 46 years of operation, the company said.

UK nuclear power plants can supply around 20% of the country’s electricity demand, but around half are expected to shut down over the next four years as they reach the end of their currently planned lifespan.

EDF first announced the closure of Hunterston, which was capable of producing enough electricity to power around 1.7 million homes, in August 2020.

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About 500 people worked at the plant and some 370 will remain to help with the decommissioning process, an EDF spokesperson said.

Britain aims to reach net zero emissions by 2050, which will require a huge increase in the production of low-carbon electricity such as wind, solar and nuclear.

However, new nuclear projects to replace those that are shutting down have struggled to secure funding due to large upfront costs. Read more

EDF is building the first new British nuclear power plant in more than two decades, Hinkley Point C, with the support of the Chinese CGN.

The facility is expected to cost £ 22-23 billion ($ 30-31 billion) and start operations in 2026.

EDF plans to build a second new power plant, Sizewell C, but has not yet taken a final investment decision on this subject.

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Reporting by Susanna Twidale; Editing by Jan Harvey

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