Office for Nuclear Regulation

Hartlepool - August 2019 inspection week activities

Executive summary

Purpose of Intervention

The purpose of this planned intervention was to undertake compliance inspection activated at EDF Energy Nuclear Generation Limited’s (NGL) Hartlepool power station.  The intervention was undertaken in line with ONR’s inspection programme contained in the Hartlepool Integrated Intervention Strategy for 2019/20.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

In my capacity of nominated site inspector for Hartlepool Power Station I performed inspections against Licence Condition (LC) 7 – ‘Incidents on the Site’, and LC 36 – ‘Organisational Capability’.  The LC 36 inspection was led by a Leadership & Management for Safety specialist. 

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

In addition to the compliance inspection, I also undertook several other activities; attendance at the Health, Environment & Safety Advisory Committee where I engaged with some of the station’s safety representatives; a review of the current Regulatory Issues Database with the acting Technical & Safety Support Manager; met with the station-based Independent Nuclear Assurance team; and undertook a general plant walkdown.

I also attended a session relating to the ongoing decision to defer (or not) the exchange of a gas circulator and its associated liner inspection, as well as the feedback session of a conventional health and safety inspection.  However, these items are reported separately (ONR-OFD-CR-19-384 and ONR-OFD-IR-19-058 respectively).

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

Not applicable; no system based inspections were undertaken during this intervention.

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

Conclusion of Intervention

Overall, I judge the standard of compliance across the licence conditions inspected met regulatory expectations and the licensee is complying with its legal duties.  Items for improvement were fed back to the station, though none were significant enough to warrant the raising of a regulatory issue at this stage.

There are no findings from this intervention that could undermine nuclear safety at this time.  Therefore, no additional regulatory action is needed over and above the planned interventions at Hartlepool Power Station.