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Power Stations

Volume 471: debated on Wednesday 30 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what percentage of output Hunterston B Power Station was producing at the end of December 2007. (182661)

Information on individual power station output is not held in the form requested.

Hunterston B Power Station has an installed capacity of 1190 MW. According to publicly available information from its operators, British Energy, the station is currently operating at a reduced level of 70 per cent. of full output, but on average generates sufficient electricity to supply almost half the households in Scotland.

The recent announcement that its life will be extended by five years to at least 2016 is very welcome, given its continued importance to Scotland's energy supply mix.