Scottish Nuclear


Scottish Nuclear was formed as a precursor to the privatisation of the electricity supply industry in Scotland on 1 April 1990.[1] A purpose-built headquarters was built in 1992 in the new town of East Kilbride.

Scottish Nuclear
Founded1990 (1990)
SuccessorBritish Energy (1996)
EDF Energy (2010)
United Kingdom
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It consisted of the nuclear assets of the South of Scotland Electricity Board, which were later absorbed into the 1996 founded companies - Magnox Electric and British Energy.



Background : before 1990Edit

In the late 1980s, the 1955-founded South of Scotland Electricity Board (SSEB), was one of the two major electricity generation and transmission companies in Scotland; other being North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board (now SSE plc). The SSEB generated, transmitted and distributed electricity throughout the south of Scotland, including the former regions of Strathclyde, Lothian, Fife, Central, Borders and Dumfries and Galloway and a few towns in northern England.

Scottish Nuclear : 1990-1996Edit

On 1 April 1990, the nuclear generation assets (Hunterston A, Hunterston B and Torness Power Stations) of SSEB were vested with a new private company - Scottish Nuclear. The Chairman of the company was Sir James Hann.

The remainder of the SSEB assets were privatised as Scottish Power in 1991.

Breakup : 1996Edit

In 1996, the older Magnox reactor - Hunterston A was transferred to Magnox Electric - established to own and operate a proportion of the old Magnox nuclear stations of Nuclear Electric.[2][3][4] The assets of Magnox Electric were later combined with BNFL in 1998, and eventually operated and managed by US based EnergySolutions through its June 2007 acquisition of the BFNL subsidiary - Reactor Sites Management Company.[5]

The remaining two advanced 'AGR' nuclear plant assets of the company were combined with the assets of Nuclear Electric; and became a part of the newly formed and soon to be privatised British Energy (now EDF Energy).[1][6][7]

Through the breakup, both the companies - Scottish Nuclear and Nuclear Electric became defunct; but is still extant through a descendant company - EDF Energy.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b History of Nuclear Energy in UK
  2. ^ History of Hunterston A
  3. ^ The CEGB Story Archived 2012-12-09 at by Rob Cochrane (with additional research by Maryanna Schaefer) (1990)
  4. ^ Page 68 "Lessons from Liberalised Electricity Markets" Archived 2014-05-17 at the Wayback Machine IEA / OECD (2005)
  5. ^ BNFL sells Reactor Sites Management Company to EnergySolutions June 2007
  6. ^ "Merger creates nuclear giant". BBC.
  7. ^ Chronology: British Energy in bid talks