The UK’s Hunterston B1 (Reactor 3) was permanently closed down on 26 November, marking the end of 46 years of operation for this 490MWe advanced gas-cooled reactor (AGR). Hunterston B2 (Reactor 4, also a 490Mwe AGR) is scheduled to shut down in January. The Hunterston A plant, which is already closed, comprised two 180MWe Magnox reactors which began operation in 1964. Reactor 2 shut down in December 1989 and Reactor 1 in March 1990. In June, the UK government and EDF agreed on improved arrangements to safely decommission the UK’s seven AGR nuclear plants that are scheduled to close this decade. The plants are Torness and Hunterston B in Scotland, Dungeness B in Kent, Hartlepool in Teesside, Heysham 1 and 2 in Lancashire and Hinkley Point B in Somerset. This followed an announcement by EDF that it had decided not to restart the first of the AGRs, Dungeness B, and to begin defuelling with immediate effect.
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West Scotland MSP Jamie Greene said “extremely concerned” there is not yet a viable plan to replace the jobs that will be lost from decommissioning the Hunterston nuclear site in a letter to Cabinet Secretary for Energy. Mr Greene added the current policy is in contradiction to lowering carbon emissions. In the letter, Jamie Greene wants more information on impacts of Ardeer as a possible site for a new nuclear plant, with the area having been shortlisted by the UK Atomic Energy Authority – one of five on the list. “The Scottish Government must outline how they will create high quality jobs in the region to replace those which will be lost at the Hunterston nuclear site. “If that plan isn’t going to include a new nuclear site, then we need to know where that energy and those jobs will be coming from – so far that plan has been badly lacking.”
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