Office for Nuclear Regulation

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Hartlepool Power Station - System Based Inspections

Executive summary

Purpose of intervention

This was a planned inspection of EDF Energy Nuclear Generation Ltd’s (NGL’s) Hartlepool power station, undertaken as part of the planned intervention strategy for the Civil Nuclear Reactor Programme (CNRP) of the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR).

The work was carried out in line with the planned inspection programme contained in the Hartlepool Integrated Intervention Strategy (IIS).

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

I (ONR Electrical Specialist Inspector) with the ONR Hartlepool Site Inspector and an Electrical Technical Specialist from AMEC Foster Wheeler carried out a System Based Inspection (SBI) on the No‑Break Electrical System.  In addition to the SBI, I also carried out a pre-outage meeting to discuss the 2016 Statutory Outage of Unit 2 and this is included in this report, but does not form part of the SBI.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

This system based inspection judged that the arrangements and their implementation, associated with the No-Break Electrical System, met the requirements of the safety case and are adequate.

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

From the system based inspection on the No-Break Electrical System we concluded that:

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

Conclusion of Intervention

After considering all the evidence sampled during this inspection against LCs 10, 23, 24, 27 and 28, we considered that the No-Break Electrical System met the requirements of the safety case.

No significant compliance issues were identified and opportunities for improvement were communicated to the licensee.  There are no findings from this inspection that could significantly undermine nuclear safety.