Talks over power Stations

ELECTRICITY giant EDF is in talks with the UK’s Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) about extending the life of nuclear power stations in Scotland.

Both Torness power station in East Lothian and Hunterston in Ayrshire are due to come to the end of their lives in 2023 and 2016 respectively.

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French-owned EDF and the ONR yesterday confirmed that the two organisations were discussing the prospect of the two sites remaining open, along with six other plants in the UK.

The news came as the UK government published its Energy Bill, which outlines long-term contracts to encourage investment in nuclear and renewable energy.

The Scottish Government yesterday said it would not oppose “life extension” for the two bases at Torness and Hunterston, which would be for up to seven years.