Office for Nuclear Regulation

LC 36 – Infrastructure Utilities

Executive summary

Purpose of intervention

The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) undertakes all regulatory interactions with Sellafield Limited (SL, the site licensee) against a strategy defined by the ONR Sellafield Programme.  My planned inspection schedule for the current regulatory year (covering April 2015 – March 2016), the content of which is guided by that strategy, identifies the Licence Conditions (LCs) that will be inspected over this period.

This intervention was undertaken to determine if SL is adequately implementing its site-wide processes for compliance with Licence Condition 36 (Organisational capability) within the Utilities function of the Infrastructure Operational Unit. The reliable provision of utilities to the Sellafield site, typically water, steam, and electricity, is important to ensure the safe operation of SL’s facilities, as well as facilitating hazard and risk reduction activities on the site.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

Licence Condition 36 (LC36) requires the licensee to provide and maintain adequate financial and human resources to ensure the safe operation of the licensed site. The licensee is also required to make and implement adequate arrangements to control any change to its organisational structure or resources which may affect safety.

 My inspection, which comprised discussions with SL staff, focussed on the following areas:

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

Not applicable; this was not a Safety System inspection.

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

I consider that SL has met the requirements for compliance with LC36.  There were a number of areas of good practice, and one improvement identified that could reasonably be made, all of which were accepted by SL.

I consider the licensee’s implementation of its arrangements for LC36 is good in many respects.  For instance SL demonstrated a good understanding of the strengths and vulnerabilities of its present organisational structure and provided evidence of good future resource planning and an effective management of change process. This observation is offset by the present need to work outside some of the formal processes due to changes in IT systems presently underway.  Despite this, on balance I consider this inspection merits an IIS rating of 2 (Good Standard) against LC36.

Conclusion of Intervention

My findings were shared with, and accepted by the licensee. No ONR Regulatory Issues were raised as a result of this inspection.