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Hinkley Point B - SBI16 - Fuel Dismantling Facility

Executive summary

Purpose of intervention

This was a planned inspection of EDF Energy Nuclear Generation Ltd's (NGL's) Hinkley Point B power station, undertaken as part of the planned intervention strategy for the Operating Facilities Programme (OFP) of the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR).

The work was carried out in-line with the planned inspection programme contained in the Hinkley Point B Integrated Intervention Strategy (IIS).

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

I (the nominated site inspector for Hinkley Point B) with support from an ONR mechanical engineering inspector:

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

From our inspection, we judged that the IFDF system met the requirements of the safety case and was adequate.

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

From the System Based Inspection on the IFDF we concluded that:

We carried out an inspection of IFDF plant and equipment and considered them to be in good condition and adequately maintained. After considering all of the evidence presented by NGL we concluded that the arrangements and their implementation, associated with the IFDF met the requirements of the safety case and were adequate.

I met with an INA evaluator on site to discuss a number of issues and promote effective working interactions. On this occasion we discussed the IFDF system based inspection, planned changes to the INA arrangements on site and progress with a number of initiatives on site (eg fuel route improvements and safety rules application).

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

There were 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 Hinkley Point B power station as set out in the Integrated Intervention Strategy, which will continue as planned.