How many nuclear reactors are in the UK?

How many nuclear reactors are in the UK?

The UK currently has eight operational nuclear power stations, which supplied 18.7 per cent of total electricity supply in 2018. Nuclear installed capacity peaked at 12.7 GW in 1995, with the opening of Sizewell B – the last nuclear reactor to be opened in the UK.

What type of nuclear reactors are in the UK?


Power station Type Current operator
Heysham 1 AGR EDF Energy
Heysham 2 AGR EDF Energy
Torness AGR EDF Energy
Sizewell B PWR EDF Energy

How many Magnox reactors are there in the UK?

26 UK Magnox reactors
The 26 UK Magnox reactors are located on 11 different sites around the UK with 7 sites being in England, 2 in Scotland and 2 in Wales. Of these, 6 reactors on 3 sites have been shutdown and are undergoing the process of decommissioning.

Is the UK a nuclear power?

The UK generates about 20% of its electricity from nuclear, but almost half of current capacity is to be retired by 2025.

The history and development of the UK nuclear industry is covered in Appendix 1 to this paper, Nuclear Development in the United Kingdom. Currently, there are 15 operating reactors in the UK totalling 9.5 GWe capacity. The last operating Magnox reactor – Wylfa 1 – shut down in December 2015.

Where was the first nuclear power plant built in the UK?

In February 1966 it was announced that the first prototype fast breeder reactor in the United Kingdom would be constructed in Dounreay, Scotland, at a cost of £30 million. British Nuclear Fuels Limited (BNFL) was established in February 1971 from the demerger of the production division of the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA).

Which is the second generation of gas cooled reactors?

The Advanced Gas-cooled Reactor ( AGR) is a type of nuclear reactor designed and operated in the United Kingdom. These are the second generation of British gas-cooled reactors, using graphite as the neutron moderator and carbon dioxide as coolant. They have been the backbone of the UK’s nuclear power generation fleet since the 1980s.

How are nuclear power plants regulated in the UK?

In 2018 the UK government announced that it was considering a regulated asset base (RAB) model for future nuclear power plant projects as an alternative to CfDs. Under a RAB model, the UK government would provide a plant owner with regulated rates that can be adjusted to guarantee its costs are covered.

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