To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the latest estimated time taken for power generation at Torness power station.
I am advised by the South of Scotland Electricity Board that it has made formal application to the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate for permission to raise power on reactor 1 at Torness. The board anticipates receiving the required consent shortly and this will allow commissioning tests to proceed at up to 23 per cent. of the thermal rating of the reactor. Thereafter, it is planned to shut down the unit for computer adjustments before commencing delivery of power to the grid in May.