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To inspect the Outage Quality Management Arrangements being applied by HPB to the R4 Statutory Outage and the Quality Assurance arrangements in place for project management of Investment Delivery Projects

Executive summary

Purpose of intervention

This was a planned inspection of the Quality Management (QM) arrangements being applied for the 2015 R4 statutory outage at the Hinkley Point B (HPB) nuclear licensed site.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

I carried out a planned compliance inspection against Licence Condition 17 (LC17) ‘Management Systems’. This focussed on the adequacy of the outage quality management oversight arrangements including: audit & surveillance; supply chain & contract management; management of work closure and the management of an investment delivery project.  I was supported by a Human factors specialist inspector.

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

I found that HPB’s compliance with LC17 Management Systems for the areas inspected is adequate (IIS Rating 3) and consistent with relevant procedures.

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

I am satisfied that overall there is adequate monitoring of quality for the outage through both the station and Contract Partner surveillance programmes and quality oversight provided by the Quality Control model.  I was informed that the station surveillance programme was developed in consultation with the outage management and quality control leads.

I observed the weekly Quality Forum, which was chaired by the Quality Management Group Head (QMGH), and was satisfied that it was being well run with good attendance and participation from both station and contract partners, including a representative from the Independent Nuclear Assurance (INA).  I noted that reports were being provided to the QMGH prior to the meeting who then produced a composite for discussion at the meeting.  The Quality Forum is able to monitor quality performance and is attended by the various stakeholders and internal regulator.

I inspected outage work management arrangements and the process for closing work packages and returning plant back into service and was satisfied that these arrangements were adequate.  I also discussed outage supply chain management, procurement and contract management arrangements with the supply chain manager, supply chain team members and contract partner representatives and found these to be in accordance with relevant procedures.

I briefly discussed the general arrangements for Investment Delivery (ID) with the Investment Delivery Manager and was satisfied that the ID projects are following the gated ‘Investment Delivery Process’ and relevant corporate procedures.  I sampled a project being undertaken by the Investment Delivery Team, including discussions with the Project Manager, an inspection of the work site and a visit to the installation contractor’s offices, and found it to have appropriate records and quality management arrangements.

I discussed Field Supervision arrangements with the maintenance manager and found these to be mature and well managed, with the role understood and implemented in accordance with fleet procedural requirements.

Conclusion of Intervention

I was satisfied from the activities I sampled that the LC17 Management Systems quality management oversight arrangements for the outage of HPB are adequate (IIS Rating 3) and consistent with the relevant procedures.