Hunterston B Power Station: Electricity Generation

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 1st July 2020.

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Photo of Alan Brown Alan Brown Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Energy and Climate Change)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the planned shutdown date is for Hunterston (B) nuclear power station; what the electricity generation capacity is of that power station; and what plans his Department has to replace that capacity.

Photo of Alan Brown Alan Brown Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Energy and Climate Change)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the planned shutdown date is for Hartlepool nuclear power station; what the electricity generation capacity is of that power station; and what plans his Department has to replace that capacity.

Photo of Alan Brown Alan Brown Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Energy and Climate Change)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the planned shutdown date is for Heysham nuclear power station; what the electricity generation capacity is of that power station; and what plans his Department has to replace that capacity.

Photo of Alan Brown Alan Brown Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Energy and Climate Change)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the planned shutdown date is for Hinkley Point (B) nuclear power station; what the electricity generation capacity is of that power station; and what plans his Department has to replace that capacity.

Photo of Nadhim Zahawi Nadhim Zahawi Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The shutdown of nuclear power stations is a matter for the operator and the Office for Nuclear Regulation.

EDF Energy’s published closure dates and the generating capacity for stations is set out in the following table.

Power station

EDF Energy’s published closure date

Generating capacity

Hunterston B

March 2023

965 MW

Heysham 1

March 2024

1,155 MW

Hartlepool

March 2024

1,180 MW

Hinkley Point B

March 2023

955 MW

In order to meet our target of net zero emissions by 2050, we will need to have a significant expansion in low carbon electricity generation. This includes renewables, carbon capture usage and storage, and nuclear. We also have the capacity market mechanism which ensures the right incentives are in place to deliver the level of electricity required.

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