Office for Nuclear Regulation

Torness Power Station – LC17 Outage MS Arrangements

Executive summary

Purpose of intervention

This was a planned inspection of the Quality Management (QM) arrangements being applied for the 2015 R2 Statutory Outage at the Torness (TOR) nuclear licensed site.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

I carried out a planned compliance inspection against Licence Condition 17 (LC17) ‘Management Systems’. This focussed on the adequacy of the outage quality management oversight arrangements including: audit & surveillance; supply chain & contract management and management of outage work quality.

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

I found that TOR’s compliance with LC17 Management Systems for the areas inspected is adequate (IIS Rating 3).

The intervention was performed in line with ONR’s guidance requirements (as described in our technical inspection guides) in the areas inspected.

I observed that TOR has a risk based, intelligence-driven approach to targeting of surveillances for the outage.  I was satisfied that the programme was being well managed and supported, and based upon the examples reviewed, that the surveillances were of a good standard.

I observed the weekly Safety and Quality Forum which was attended by the contract partners and a number of EDF representatives.  All parties were fully engaged in the meeting and I noted that surveillance reports were delivered consistently with no discernible trends.

I witnessed a robust and effective joint surveillance being undertaken by the Station Quality Engineer (SQE) and a Contract Partner Quality Representative on a maintenance task.

I discussed outage work management quality arrangements and was satisfied that the arrangements were adequate.  I also discussed outage supply chain management arrangements with the supply chain manager and found these to be in accordance with relevant procedures.  I similarly found procurement and contract management arrangements to be adequate.

Conclusion of Intervention

I was satisfied from the activities I sampled that the LC17 Management Systems quality management oversight arrangements for the outage of TOR 2015R2 are adequate.  For the areas inspected, TOR’s compliance with LC17 Management Systems for the outage is judged to be adequate (IIS Rating 3).  No actions have been raised.


I recommend that, based on the areas and activities sampled during this inspection, that the LC17 Management Systems arrangements for the outage of TOR Reactor R2, should be considered adequate to permit a return to service of the unit.