The purpose of this intervention was to undertake licence condition (LC) compliance inspections at EDF Energy Nuclear Generation Limited (NGL) Sizewell B power station in line with the inspection programme contained in the Sizewell B integrated intervention strategy (IIS) for 2015/16.
As part of this intervention, I carried compliance inspections against licence conditions LC 7: Incidents on the site and LC 10: Training. The inspections were based on sampling the implementation of the arrangements in place at the station against each licence condition and ONR inspection guidance. This intervention report also records attendance of the Sizewell Stakeholder Group (SSG) meeting by the Site Inspector.
Not applicable to this intervention.
The Licensee has comprehensive processes for the notification, recording, investigation and reporting of incidents occurring on the site. The continuous improvement programme also encompasses external learning and self-assessment in line with expected good practice. From the records seen and the discussion held with station personnel, I consider that the arrangements sampled for compliance with LC7 are adequate (IIS rating 3); with no regulatory issues being raised.
The Licensee has comprehensive processes for training of those with responsibility of safe operations and operates an internationally accredited training programme. The excellence centre facility used to support the training arrangements is considered to demonstrate good practice in this area. From the records seen and the discussion held with station personnel, I consider that the arrangements sampled for compliance with LC10 are adequate (IIS rating 3); with no regulatory issues being raised.
The SSG meeting covered a range of areas including a number of long-standing topics. Actions raised will be followed up through the SSG process.
The intervention was performed in line with ONR’s guidance requirements (as described in our technical inspection guides) in the areas inspected.
From the information gathered and evidence obtained during this intervention, no matters have been identified that are likely to have significant impact on nuclear safety on the station at this time. Therefore we consider that no additional regulatory action arising from this visit is necessary currently, and the interventions for Sizewell B power station, set out in the integrated intervention strategy, should continue to be implemented as planned.