Torness Power Station

  • EDF’s Torness has one of the best rates of generation per annum in the fleet.
  • In the 35th year of generation – remain a strong generator and integral part of East Lothian
  • Over its generating life, Torness has produced almost as much zero-carbon energy as Hunterston B did in its 46 years: equivalent to powering every home in Scotland for 29 years.
  • Torness supports around 500 staff and 250 contractors.
  • Each year Torness contributes around £45m to the East Lothian economy
  • During scheduled maintenance periods, that workforce is larger with an additional 800 contractors visiting site – these shutdowns are known as an outage
  • While supporting this work these contractors boost the local economy, staying in local hotels and B&Bs and using other local services like taxis and restaurants.
  • This is something that has been happening throughout the 35-year life of the station but we are conscious that alongside the increasing volume of projects in the area there may be an added strain on local suppliers.
  • 2023 is a non-outage year, our next stat outage is March 2024 and then July 2025


  • Torness is currently due to end generation in March 2028
  • Defueling begins when a station stops generating. EDF will remove all spent fuel from the site using the same methods used during generation
  • Defueling is expected to last for approx. four years – during this time staff numbers onsite will remain largely the same and there will be no change to the site’s footprint.


  • Once all spent fuel has been removed, site ownership will be transferred, to the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA). Its subsidiary, Magnox, will carry out the rest of the decommissioning job.
  • Current plans will see most plant, equipment, services and buildings removed within around 12 years of end of generation.
  • The reactor building will remain in situ for a further period until final site clearance.


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