The 1.22 GW Hunterston B nuclear power station, the most productive clean energy asset in Scottish history, went offline for the final time on 7 January. In 46 years of operation the Ayrshire plant has produced 297.4 TWh of low-carbon electricity. The plant was originally expected to run for 25 years to 2001, but through life extension it has been able to operate for 21 years beyond that.
Hunterston has also been a cornerstone of the Ayrshire economy, providing around 500 skilled jobs to full time staff on site, and supporting more than 200 jobs with contractors.
Since the Scottish government is opposed to new nuclear projects, there is no replacement for Hunterston B. The gap will be filled in part with imported gas.