Office for Nuclear Regulation

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IAEA review – Torness Power Station

4 October, 2018

We welcome the publication of the key review of operational safety performance at Torness nuclear power station, published by the International Atomic Energy Agency and the UK government. The report highlights eight areas of good practice at Torness and offers proposals for further improvements, which we fully support.

The Operational Safety Review Team (OSART) from the IAEA reviewed operations at Torness between 22 January and 08 February 2018. An OSART mission is conducted by a team of international experts who conduct an in-depth review of operational safety performance at nuclear power plants.

Although the focus of the mission was the licensee, i.e. EDF Energy NGL, our inspectors provided assistance to the international team in understanding our regulation of operations at the station, and the OSART shared their mission findings with ONR to gain a regulatory perspective

Donald Urquhart, Director of our Operational Facilities Division said:

“We welcome the OSART report findings and recognise the importance that international benchmarking offers to the sites that we regulate.  We were pleased to see the eight areas of good practice highlighted in the report and note the recommendations for further improvement which OSART have made to EDF Energy NGL.

“We have a very thorough inspection programme at all the sites we regulate, and will continue to ensure licensees strive for continuous improvement.”