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Capenhurst UCP - Compliance Inspection of Licence Condition 19

Executive summary

Purpose of intervention

The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) undertakes all regulatory interaction with the Capenhurst site against a strategy defined by the ONR Sellafield and DFW Programme. In accordance with that strategy, a Licence Condition (LC) compliance inspection on the Tails Management Facility (TMF) Project was undertaken, as planned..

LC19 (Construction or Implementation of New Plant) arrangements are aimed specifically at the construction or installation of new plant, which is to become part of an existing nuclear installation. The licensee is required to provide a system of rigorous and appropriate control of any construction, installation or commissioning, that may affect safety. The main purpose of this inspection was to gain regulatory confidence that this key risk and hazard reduction project had a credible, integrated plan and appropriate governance.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

I carried out an on-site LC19 (Construction or Implementation of New Plant) compliance inspection of the Tails Management Facility (TMF) project. The inspection comprised of presentations and discussions with UUK and UCP staff and reviewed their project programme, governance arrangements and Hold Point Control Plan.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

This was not a system based inspection, and therefore no judgement has been made of the adequacy of implementation of any part of the safety case.

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

From the areas sampled, I did not identify any significant shortfalls in the licensee's formal arrangements for compliance with LC 19. I consider that UUK adequately demonstrated governance of this project, with particular regard to the new Hold Point Control Plan. Therefore, it is my opinion that, against compliance with Licence Condition 19, an IIS rating of Green (No Formal Action) is merited.

Conclusion of Intervention

From the areas sampled during this inspection, I judge that there was sufficient evidence that UUK governance and UUK/UCP's formal arrangements for compliance with Licence Condition 19 are being implemented adequately and effectively managed. Importantly, the conclusions and judgements are based not only on the documented evidence provided, but also the behaviours encountered during the inspection.