Their nuclear fleet is now delivering more electrical energy than at any time during the past eight years, resulting in a boost for operating profits. And with a 10-year life-extension for Dungeness B due to be finalised later this year, nuclear investments from the 1970s and 80s will still be paying dividends for many years to come.
Nowhere is the contribution of the UK nuclear fleet more apparent than in Scotland, with two reactors at Hunterson and Torness. Though a little-known fact, through these two compact plants, nuclear is the largest generator of electrical energy in Scotland by some margin, as it has been for many years. Indeed, the output from the single nuclear plant at Torness alone (9 TWh) comfortably exceeds the combined output of every wind, wave and solar generator in Scotland (8.3 TWh). This clearly illustrates the benefit of energy-dense fuels used in compact and efficient thermal plants, which can provide continuous output over a plant life of many decades.
While Scotland is pitched as the Saudi Arabia of renewable energy, it’s steadfastly nuclear-powered.
Source: Herald Scotland