THE possibility of extending the lifespan of a facility that is one of East Lothian’s biggest employers should be given urgent thought in the wake of plans to close a nuclear power station on Scotland’s west coast, the county’s MSP has said. It has been announced that Hunterston B Power Station, near West Kilbride in North Ayrshire, will begin the decommissioning process by 2022 – leaving Torness Power Station, near Dunbar, as Scotland’s only nuclear power station. EDF Energy, which manages both the Ayrshire power station and Torness, said that the news would have no direct implications on the future of the East Lothian facility. But Iain Gray, MSP for East Lothian, has called for thought to be given to extending the life of Torness, which employs about 500 people. The Labour MSP said: “Torness Power Station has brought many positives to East Lothian, including providing hundreds of skilled jobs and apprenticeships, and contributing tens of millions of pounds to the local economy each year.
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