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Hunterston 'B' Power Station - Vessel Entry Complex Inspection

Executive summary

Purpose of intervention

A planned readiness inspection of EDF Energy Nuclear Generation Limited, (NGL) Hunterston B Power Station Site was undertaken, to evaluate reactor vessel man-entry process in compliance with the Ionising Radiations Regulations 1999.

The vessel entry programme forms part of a statutory outage at the Station running from the beginning of August 2014 and is being undertaken in order to conduct a programme of testing, examination and maintenance of key plant safety structures and systems.

Interventions carried out by ONR

The following Licensee safety matters and provisions to address them were considered during my intervention:

Key findings

My intervention didn't reveal any radiological protection issues that required action by the Licensee or follow-up by ONR.

Conclusion of intervention

From a radiological protection standpoint, I was content with the Licensee's current state of readiness and preparation for the vessel entry campaign.

Recommendations

There were no specific recommendations at the time of writing this report.