Office for Nuclear Regulation

Planned Site Inspection

Executive summary

Purpose of intervention

This is a planned inspection at EDF Energy Nuclear Generations Limited's (NGL) Hartlepool Power Station, undertaken as part of the planned integrated intervention strategy (IIS) for the Civil Nuclear Reactor Programme (CNRP).

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

This was a planned inspection covering:

The licence conditions were inspected against ONR's published guidance requirements (as described in our technical inspection guides).

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate


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

I found the arrangements and their implementation in the LC 32 area were adequate and improving (Rating 3 - Adequate). The total volume of radwaste accumulated compares well with the fleet standard which is considered appropriate.

The outage preparations appear well advanced. Overlaps with other outages will complicate key contractor interactions. The team appear on top of the work with work order cards well advanced and good use of operational experience. Key areas of interest for ONR concerning the conduct of the outage will be the boiler tube repairs, possible internal contamination of the turbine, oil spills, tendon examination and replacement and supervision of contractors.

The Emergency Planning Consultative Committee was well attended by the station the Senior Emergency Planning Officer of Cleveland Emergency Planning Unit (EPU) and the emergency services and Authorities. The Committee are testing new guidance intended to improve emergency response.

We are satisfied from the activities sampled and from evidence gathered during this intervention we have seen no evidence of issues that could significantly impact on nuclear safety at Hartlepool.

Conclusion of Intervention

The planned interventions set out in the integrated intervention strategy for Hartlepool remain valid and will be followed for future inspections.