Office for Nuclear Regulation

Nuclear licensed site planned inspection against licence condition 16, 22 and 26 on operational records and control and supervision of operations

Executive summary

Purpose of intervention

This record is of my visit to Magnox Ltd’s Oldbury nuclear licensed site as part of ONR’s compliance inspection plan for the site. 

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

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

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

My inspection of the site plan and specification at Oldbury indicated that the requirements of LC16 were being met when compared with ONR’s inspection guidance.

I felt that Oldbury demonstrated that it met LC22 requirements for modifications on existing plant when compared with ONR guidance.

I discussed control and supervision of operations with the reactor control room staff on duty at the time of the inspection.  They convinced me that they understood their duties in relation to those described in the ONR inspection guidance for LC26.

At Oldbury’s request, I was updated on future plans for work on the site up to and after defuelling is complete.  These meeting will help me align my future with the activities on the site.

At the Oldbury and Berkeley site stakeholder group meetings I presented the results of ONR inspections at the sites during the previous three months.  I also gave a presentation on ONR and the Energy Act 2013.  The presentations were well received.  A member of the committee asked for information on the recent flask derailment at the Berkeley railhead.  I will follow up the request with transport inspector colleagues.

The Magnox Ltd site inspector for Oldbury informed me that a lorry had collided with a scaffold, damaging environmental monitoring equipment and a low level wall.  He told me that Magnox Ltd would report the incident as a RIDDOR near miss.  There were no nuclear safety issues associated with this incident.

Conclusion of Intervention

My inspection indicated that Oldbury adequately met the requirements of LCs 16, 22 and 26 at the time of the inspection in the areas inspected.