Significant milestone is reached at Torness

The reactor hall at Torness.
The reactor hall at Torness.

Torness reactor 1 has recently achieved a significant milestone – 500 days of continuous generation.

The power station passed the marker on Sunday, November 29, meaning that since its last statutory outage reactor 1 has generated enough low carbon electricity to power approximately 1.5 million homes.

Statutory outages happen every three years and allow the generating units to undergo inspection and maintenance works.

This is the second time reactor 1 has achieved this landmark in recent years. The last time was in April 2013.

Paul Winkle, station director, said: “This is an outstanding performance and tribute to the consistent safe working practices demonstrated by the workforce here at Torness. I am very proud of this performance.

“It’s all down to our people at the station and I would like to thank every Torness employee, contract partner and our central support functions for their contribution.”