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Hunterston B: After 46 years, Scottish nuclear power plant shuts down

One of Scotland’s two nuclear power plants has shut down after almost 46 years of generating electricity.

Over its lifetime, Hunterston B had produced enough energy to power every home in Scotland for nearly 31 years.

The plant was originally scheduled to only be in operation for 25 years, but investment meant its lifespan could be extended.

WWF Scotland’s Lang Banks said its closure was “inevitable” – and growth in renewable energy means nuclear power is no longer required.

Station director Paul Forrest explained: “We don’t just switch off the power station, close the gates and walk away. It will take time to defuel and decommission the site and we will continue to need skilled people to do this.”

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