Office for Nuclear Regulation

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Level 4 Supply Chain Meeting

Executive summary

Purpose of intervention

The purpose of this intervention meeting was to consider the development of NNB's arrangements for supply chain management and the procurement of safety significant goods and services.

The intervention targeted a number of important supply chain management topics in order to inform the future regulatory approach for this activity.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

The intervention focussed on NNB's supply chain management arrangements. Specifically, attention was given to; Nuclear Site Licence (NSL) forward work plan and associated monthly report, IACO review update, Supply Chain Policy development, lessons learnt from a UK Nuclear Construction project and a review of the Mechanical Erection procurement process.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

Not applicable to this intervention

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

I found that NNB are progressing the development and deployment of key supply chain management activities in line with commitments given at previous Supply Chain Level 4 regulatory meetings.

I noted that NNB's Supply Chain Policy had been subject to NNB Executive review and was being further developed prior to formal endorsement over the coming months. I consider it important that NNB continue to review and refine their supply chain management arrangements prior to the start of significant commercial activity in advance of the final investment decision.

I noted that NNB had conducted a review of the lessons learnt from a UK nuclear construction project and had developed a related action plan for the HPC Marine Works contract. I consider it important to apply a consistent approach across the HPC project and develop a project wide action plan to mitigate the risks on other contracts and work streams as appropriate.

Conclusion of Intervention

NNB are making good progress with the development of their supply chain management and procurement process arrangements.

There are still some gaps in NNB's arrangements and further work is required before NNB will be able to demonstrate that it has comprehensive procurement, supply chain management and oversight arrangements in place. However, plans are in place for NNB to deploy the required enhancements prior to the commencement of significant supply chain activity.