Office for Nuclear Regulation

Bradwell Nuclear Licensed Site - Planned Inspections and Meetings

Executive summary

Purpose of intervention

This report describes an inspection of Magnox Ltd's Bradwell licensed site, undertaken as part of a series of routine interventions set out in the Integrated Intervention Strategy document.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

During the intervention I carried out compliance inspections on licence conditions (LC):

I attended a number of meetings that provided progress updates and opportunity to influence the work programmes to decommission the site and to transition it into its care and maintenance phase.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

This intervention did not include a safety system based inspection.

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

Reporting and investigation of events continues to be given high profile at Bradwell and is given a high degree of attention by the site management team.  Some weaknesses in the arrangements for trending of events were identified and a commitment was provided address this issue. 

I found Bradwell had adequate arrangements for Modification or Experiment on Existing Plant.  Site was able to provide evidence that the safety requirements applicable to each plant modification are implemented at the place of work.  An opportunity for improvement was identified to increase the level of quality assurance applied to the configuration control of some modifications and supporting quality plans that implement these modifications.

I welcomed and supported the conclusion of the site decommissioning committee that has clarified the care and maintenance entry state for the Bradwell ponds facility.

Conclusion of Intervention

In the areas I considered during the intervention I found that the arrangements for compliance with licence conditions 7 and 22 and their implementation at Bradwell were of an adequate standard.