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Nuclear stations

Scotland has two nuclear stations currently generating electricity, three civil nuclear sites at advanced stages of decommissioning, and three nuclear defence sites. The table below shows their owners, operators, current activities and status.

Site

Owner

Operator

Current activities

Type

Status

Dounreay, Caithness

Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd

Former research and prototype operation of fast reactors. Now being decommissioned

Civil

Decommissioning

Hunterston A, North Ayrshire

Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

Magnox Ltd

Now being decommissioned. Preparing for long term care and maintenance

Civil

Decommissioning

Chapelcross, Dumfries

Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

Magnox Ltd

Now being decommissioned. Preparing for long term care and maintenance

Civil

Decommissioning

Hunterston B, North Ayrshire

EDF Energy

EDF Energy Nuclear Generation Ltd

AGR reactors. Generating electricity

Civil

Operational

Torness, East Lothian

EDF Energy

EDF Energy Nuclear Generation Ltd

AGR reactors. Generating electricity

Civil

Operational

Rosyth Royal Dockyard Ltd, Fife

Babcock International Group

Rosyth Royal Dockyard Ltd

Small inventory of radioactive waste. Preparing to decommission defueled submarines

Defence

Operational

Vulcan Naval Reactor Test Establishment

Ministry of Defence

Rolls-Royce

Former Submarine test reactor. Preparing for future decommissioning

Defence

Operational

Clyde Naval Base (comprising Faslane and Coulport)

Ministry of Defence

Royal Navy / Babcock International Group

Naval base

Defence

Operational

 

We are supportive of extending the operating lifespans of Torness and Hunterston B, providing that strict environment and safety criteria continue to be met.

Prolonging the lives of these stations will help to ensure Scotland retains a secure energy supply over the next 10 years, while we increase the proportion of energy generated by renewables and cleaner thermal generation technologies.

Opposition to new nuclear stations

We are opposed to the building of new nuclear stations using current technologies, because and we believe that nuclear power represents poor value for consumers. This is clear from the contract awarded by the UK Government to Hinkley Point C nuclear station in Somerset, which will result in energy consumers subsidising its operation until 2060.