Office for Nuclear Regulation

Jacobs Clean Energy Limited’s (JCEL) arrangements for supply chain management and procurement activities

Executive summary

Purpose of Intervention

The purpose of this vendor inspection was to gain confidence in Jacobs Clean Energy Limited’s (JCEL) arrangements for supply chain management (SCM) and procurement activities for nuclear safety related items or services

This intervention was part of the current ONR strategy for vendor inspections.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

The inspection determined the adequacy of JCEL’s supply chain management arrangements and its implementation against ONR’s regulatory expectations, informed by relevant good practice and ONR guidance documentation.

This intervention relates to Licence Condition 17, which requires a Licensee to make and implement a management system that gives due priority to safety. JCEL is not a Licensee but needs to interface and align with Licensees’ systems as a supplier to them. Regulatory expectations for supply chain management arrangements and procurement activities for nuclear safety related items or services are in NS-TAST-GD-077: Procurement of Nuclear Safety Related Items or Services.

The inspection covered the adequacy of JCEL’s supply chain management arrangements and the application of those arrangements in relation to two sampled projects. The projects sampled were from projects performed at Dounreay and Dungeness A sites.

This inspection was rated based on the ONR inspection rating system guidance as explained ONR-INSP-GD – 064 - ONR ‘Compliance Inspection Guide’. This is available on the ONR external website.

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

During the inspection, I found JCEL’s supply chain management arrangements to have positive attributes which included the establishment of:

However, I have identified a number of areas that presented increased potential risks to its supply chain management arrangements. These potential areas of increased risk are as follows:

Conclusion of Intervention

I have found areas where JCEL’s supply chain arrangements were demonstrably effective. However, I have identified a number of areas where these arrangements were not adequate when compared to relevant good practice and could contribute to increased risk when procuring nuclear safety related items or services.  

I have judged that an ONR inspection rating of AMBER seek improvement is appropriate.

I will monitor the JCEL’s improvement activities to address these areas of increased potential risk by raising a Level 4 (i.e. the lowest level) Regulatory Issue (RI)