Office for Nuclear Regulation

Hartlepool - Themed Control of Contractors

Executive summary

Purpose of Intervention

The purpose of this intervention was to undertake regulatory inspections at Hartlepool Power Station, operated by EDF Energy Nuclear Generation Limited (EDF NGL) in accordance with ONR’s Intervention Plan for the site.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

During this intervention, ONR inspectors carried out compliance inspections against the following Licence Condition (LC), which are applicable provisions of the Energy Act 2013:

 The LC26 inspection formed part of a series of inspections to be conducted across NGL’s fleet of nuclear power stations to evaluate the effectiveness of the company’s arrangements for controlling the work of contractors involved in projects, operations and maintenance.  The inspection involved discussions with personnel from NGL and contractor organisations, observations at point of work, and review of documentation.

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

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

No safety system inspection was undertaken.  Hence this is not applicable.

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

LC26 - Control and supervision

The inspection team held discussions with a number of managers on the arrangements for the selection, capability and competence of contractors and sub-contractors involved in work on site.  The management team were consistent in their response and the arrangements were deemed to be adequate.

We also held discussions on the control and supervision arrangements of contractors and sub-contractors on site, including EDF oversight and the authorisation of individual supervisors, clarifying roles and responsibilities.  The management team were consistent in their response and the arrangements were deemed to be adequate.

A number of planned work activities were sampled and we judged that in most cases the appropriate level of control and supervision was implemented, commensurate with the safety significance of the tasks.

A number of minor shortfalls in work activity controls were observed and a number of areas and opportunities for improvement were identified and communicated to the licensee.  Progress against these areas will be tracked through routine regulatory interventions.

Conclusion of Intervention

After considering the evidence from the inspection, we concluded from the areas sampled that the licensee complied with Licence Condition 26, and an inspection rating of Green was appropriate.  From the evidence gathered during this intervention, it was judged that there were no matters that have the potential to impact significantly on nuclear safety.