Office for Nuclear Regulation

Heysham 2 – LC17 Management systems outage inspection (QA and Supply Chain)

Executive summary

This was a planned compliance inspection of EDF Energy Nuclear Generation Ltd.’s (NGL’s) Heysham 2 Power Station, undertaken as part of the planned outage intervention strategy for the Operating Facilities Division (OFD) of the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR).

The work was carried out in accordance with the planned inspection programme contained in the Heysham 2 Integrated Intervention Strategy (IIS) and outage inspection plan for 2019/20.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

I conducted a planned Licence Condition (LC) 17 (“Management Systems”) compliance inspection in relation to Heysham 2’s supply chain and Quality Assurance (QA) management arrangements.

The purpose of LC17 is to ensure the licensee has established and implemented management systems which give due priority to safety and within its management systems, make and implement adequate quality management arrangements within the reactor outage period in respect of all matters which may affect safety.

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

This was not a systems inspection.

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

This LC17 inspection examined the Quality Assurance (QA), supply chain (including goods receipt) and lifetime records arrangements for the reactor outage. A number of low-level shortfalls in the arrangements were found.

Overall, however, from the evidence sampled, I judged that the licensee adequately demonstrated compliance with the requirements of LC17 and therefore rated this inspection as Green, no formal action.  I note that there are a number of low-level QA shortfalls, which the station has started to address. Progress will be tracked through normal business.

Conclusion of Intervention

There were no findings from this inspection that could significantly undermine nuclear safety.  At present, no additional regulatory action is needed over and above the planned interventions at Heysham 2 Power Station as set out in the Integrated Intervention Strategy, which will continue as planned.