Nuclear power in Scotland

Scotland has a long history of nuclear research and electricity generation. Nuclear energy accounted for 42.8% of electricity generated in Scotland in 2016.[1]

As of 2020, there is only one operating nuclear power station in Scotland, the 1,364MW station Torness. The other nuclear power station, Hunterston B, is offline for assessment.

The current Scottish National Party (SNP) government elected in 2007 has a 'no new nuclear power strategy'. This position is at odds with UK government policy which in January 2008 announced the go-ahead for new nuclear power stations to be built across the United Kingdom. In response, Scotland's then First Minister Alex Salmond commented there was 'no chance' of new nuclear power stations being built in Scotland.[2] The Parliament voted 63-58 to support the policy of opposing new nuclear power stations,[3] but others support nuclear as part of a sustainable, clean energy policy.[4]

Nuclear reactors in ScotlandEdit

Power station reactorsEdit

Research reactorsEdit

Nuclear-powered vesselsEdit

HMNB Clyde (Faslane) is the homeport of the nuclear-powered submarines of the Vanguard and Astute classes:

As of 2007 seven nuclear-powered submarines were stored at Rosyth Dockyard after decommissioning and the removal of their fuel :[5]

Public opinionEdit

In 2013, a YouGov energy survey concluded that:

New YouGov research for Scottish Renewables shows Scots are twice as likely to favour wind power over nuclear or shale gas. Over six in ten (62%) people in Scotland say they would support large scale wind projects in their local area, more than double the number who said they would be generally for shale gas (24%) and almost twice as much as nuclear (32%). Hydro power is the most popular energy source for large scale projects in Scotland, with an overwhelming majority (80%) being in favour.[6]


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  2. ^ New nuclear power stations get go-ahead
  3. ^ MSPs vote No to new nuclear stations
  4. ^ "Tony Trewavas: Nuclear power opposition based on slogans and fear". Retrieved 2017-01-22.
  5. ^ "Parliamentary Business 27 Jan 2007". Hansard. Retrieved 26 July 2014.
  6. ^ Cordelia Nelson (March 20, 2013). "Scots support renewable energy". YouGov.

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