Office for Nuclear Regulation

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Hartlepool - Planned Compliance Inspection

Executive summary

Purpose of Intervention

The purpose of this intervention was to undertake compliance inspection activities at EDF Energy Nuclear Generation Limited’s (NGL) Hartlepool power station, in line with the ONR’s inspection programme contained in the Hartlepool Integrated Intervention Strategy (IIS) for 2018/19.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

In my capacity of nominated site inspector for Hartlepool Power Station, I performed an intervention to examine the licensee’s compliance arrangements with regard to nuclear site licence condition (LC) 36, Organisational Capability.

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

In addition to the LC36 compliance inspection, I also met with Independent Nuclear Assurance staff, accompanied ONR internal hazards specialists on a station walk down, met with a safety representative and undertook two system-based walk downs. 

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

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

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

The key findings of this intervention with respect to LC36 are:

Conclusion of Intervention

Overall, I judge that the standard of compliance was consistent with relevant good practice and I am satisfied that the licensee is complying with its legal duties.  Items for potential improvement were fed back to the station; one regulatory issue was raised to track progress with regard to a periodic, critical and technical review of the nuclear baseline numbers.  I have awarded the following inspection rating: LC36 - GREEN.

There are no findings from this inspection that could undermine nuclear safety at this time.  At present, no additional regulatory action is needed over and above the planned interventions at Hartlepool Power Station.