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Hartlepool - System Based Inspection (SBI 01) - Civil - Buildings, Site Infrastructure, Sea Defences and Flood Protection

Executive summary

Purpose of intervention

The purpose of this intervention was to carry out a system based inspection at the EDF Energy Nuclear Generation Limited’s (NGL’s) Hartlepool power station in line with the planned inspection programme contained in the Hartlepool Integrated Intervention Strategy (IIS) for 2016/17.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

The ONR nominated site inspector, together with a civil engineering specialist inspector and an external hazards specialist inspector performed a system based inspection (SBI) of the civil buildings, site infrastructure, sea defences and flood protection system to judge the system performance against its safety function. Through examination of this system and associated sub-systems, we performed compliance inspections against the following Licence Conditions (LCs) :

Two inspectors from EDF Energy Independent Nuclear Assurance also took part in this inspection.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

From the areas sampled during this inspection, we judged that overall the civil buildings, site infrastructure, sea defences and flood protection system met the requirements of the safety case.

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

With respect to the system based inspection the following judgements were made:

A single ONR level 4 issue has been raised to capture the actions identified in this intervention report. Satisfactory close-out of the issue will be progressed by the ONR nominated site inspector as part of routine regulatory business.

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

Following the system based inspection of the civil – buildings, site infrastructure, sea defences and flood protection system we judged that compliance with LC10, 23, 24, 27 and 28 met the expected standards and were rated as green. Overall we judged that the civil – buildings, site infrastructure, sea defences and flood protection system met the requirements of the safety case.

There are no findings from this inspection that could significantly undermine nuclear safety. At present, no additional regulatory action is needed over and above the planned interventions of Hartlepool power station as set out in the integrated intervention strategy, which will continue as planned.