Office for Nuclear Regulation

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AWE compliance inspection

Executive summary

Purpose of intervention

The purpose of this intervention was to attend routine licensee (i.e. AWE plc) briefing meetings on progress with key safety related AWE projects, lying within the two AWE portfolios for which I am the Office for Nuclear Regulation's (ONR) Site Inspector. In addition I conducted a planned Licence Condition (LC) compliance inspection, in line with the planned inspection programme contained in the AWE Integrated Intervention Strategy (IIS) and associated Intervention Plans.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

During this intervention I attended the following meetings with key licensee personnel:

I also conducted a planned compliance inspection against LC 22 ("Modification or Experiment on Existing Plant").

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

Not applicable during this intervention.

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

The meetings I attended (see bullets in paragraph 2 above) all provided for a useful exchange of information, as to progress with the licensee's projects within my inspection portfolio as well as to appraise me of any potentially emergent issues. Progress in most areas was evidenced to be good with the licensee ahead of its plan on delivery of some notable risk reduction projects. No matters requiring regulatory action were identified during my inspections.

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

From the totality of the evidence sampled during my LC 22 inspection, together with my detailed discussions with the licensee, I consider the licensee's LC 22 arrangements to be robust, well-developed and in compliance with the advice provided by ONR's Technical Inspection Guide. The licensee's implementation of its arrangements has clearly undergone significant improvement in the near past and no significant matters of regulatory concern were identified during the inspection. Accordingly, it was my opinion that no formal regulatory action is required.

Conclusion of Intervention

I am satisfied that the licensee continues to make good progress against key safety related projects within my inspection portfolios and no matters of regulatory concern were identified during my inspections/interactions with key licensee personnel.

From my LC 22 inspection, I was satisfied that the licensee has arrangements in place meeting the requirements of ONR's guidance and that the licensee is adequately applying the requirements of its arrangements. I commend the licensee's 'direction of travel' towards Company -wide electronic systems that will allow it to monitor compliance with its LC 22 arrangements even more closely.