Office for Nuclear Regulation

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Planned Compliance Inspection at Hartlepool Power Station

Executive summary

Purpose of intervention

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

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

We undertook an intervention to evaluate implementation of the licensee’s arrangements for maintenance and ageing management of systems structures and components providing a nuclear safety function. The invention assessed compliance against three associated licenced conditions:

The site inspector also undertook a planned intervention to evaluate compliance with licence condition 36 (Organisational Capability) and licence condition 11 (Emergency Arrangements). The site inspector also met members of NGL staff to review the progress of other regulatory matters on the site.

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

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

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

Not applicable – no system based inspections were performed during this intervention.

Conclusion of Intervention

There are no findings from this inspection that could significantly undermine nuclear safety.

ONR has written to the Station Director to seek a programme to address findings in relation to inspection of pipework for the CO2 Storage and Distribution Plant and Low Pressure Back-up Cooling Systems. An entry on the ONR Issues Database has been raised to monitor this finding to completion.