Office for Nuclear Regulation

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Hartlepool Power Station - Planned compliance inspection

Executive summary

Purpose of intervention

The purpose of this intervention was to undertake planned compliance inspection activities at EDF Energy Nuclear Generation Limited's (NGL's) Hartlepool power station in line with the ONR's planned inspection programme.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

I performed an inspection to evaluate NGL's arrangements for managing fatigue of workers performing duties important to nuclear safety during the Hartlepool 2016 Reactor 2 Statutory Shutdown. I also met with NGL staff to observe Outage Training and to progress other regulatory matters.

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

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

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

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

I reviewed NGL's corporate arrangements for the management of working time and the implementation of managerial expectations established for management of fatigue during the HRA 2016 R2 Periodic Shutdown. I am content that these expectations are generally aligned with ONR's guidance (for workers with duties important to nuclear safety) and other relevant good practice.

The Station has developed an effective system to identify extended hours working and is actively using this data to progress towards its goals in respect to controlling the risk of fatigue. Overall, I am satisfied that controls for management of working hours and fatigue during the HRA 2016 R2 Statutory Shutdown are consistent with relevant good practice and judge an inspection rating of green is appropriate against Licence Condition 26 (Control and Supervision of Operations).

Conclusion of Intervention

There are no findings from this inspection that could significantly undermine nuclear safety and no change is necessary to the planned interventions and inspections at Hartlepool as a result.