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S5W-20146: Neil Bibby (West Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 22 November 2018

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on when Hunterston B will resume generation and start contributing to the National Grid again.

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 6 December 2018

EDF has estimated that both Reactor 3 and Reactor 4 at Hunterston B will return to service in the New Year, on 21 February and 14 January respectively. These dates are subject to Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) agreeing the respective safety cases. The ONR is clear that the reactor cannot be restarted until it is satisfied it is safe to do so.

The Scottish Government holds regular discussions with National Grid on the continued security of Scotland’s energy networks. Despite continued outages at Hunterson B, National Grid remain confident that they have the measures in place to maintain supply throughout this Winter.