Office for Nuclear Regulation

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Hartlepool Planned Inspection

Executive summary

Purpose of intervention

The purpose of this intervention was to undertake a Licence Condition (LC) compliance inspection at EDF Energy Nuclear Generation Limited’s (NGL’s) Hartlepool power station in line with the planned inspection programme contained in the Hartlepool Integrated Intervention Strategy (IIS) for 2015/16.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

I inspected the following licence conditions:

The inspections were based on sampling the implementation of the arrangements in place against each licence condition.  Meetings were held with key site personnel and the main findings of the discussions were communicated to them.

The intervention was performed in line with ONR’s guidance requirements (as described in our technical inspection guides) in the areas inspected.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

No system based inspections were performed.

Key Findings, Inspector's Opinions and Reasons for Judgements Made

I judge that compliance with LC7 is adequate, IIS rating 3.  Events on site had been reported and investigated appropriately.  The station have made progress against an action plan for improved corrective action review.

I judge that compliance with LC8 is below standard, IIS rating 4.  Not all signage on the site gave clear guidance on emergency muster arrangements. 

I judge that compliance with LC9 is above standard, IIS rating 2.  Hartlepool has continued to improve their induction training by introducing a 2 week familiarisation package.

Progress with ONR issues on site was reviewed.  Progress was observed with improvements to the Gas Turbine House and it’s resilience to flooding hazards.  The station have responded promptly to ONR’s action to review fuel route operating rules and instructions.   Some progress toward improving the high pressure back up cooling system (HPBUCS) was reported.

Conclusion of Intervention

From the evidence gathered during this intervention, there are no findings that could significantly undermine nuclear safety and hence no change to the planned interventions and inspections of Hartlepool are required.  

I raised two issues: