Office for Nuclear Regulation

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Enforcement Notice served on Urenco UK Ltd

23 January, 2020

The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) has served an Enforcement Notice on Urenco UK Ltd following a fire safety inspection at its Capenhurst Works  in Cheshire during December 2019.

The Enforcement Notice relates to contraventions of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

A planned fire safety inspection of one of the site’s facilities revealed shortfalls in the fire alarm and detection systems.

While ONR requires a number of improvements to be made to ensure sustained compliance, there remained multiple safety barriers in place at the plant and there was no immediate risk to workers or the public.

Urenco UK Ltd immediately reviewed and restricted its operations at the facility, and restricted occupancy of the plant to all but essential personnel. The notice requires Urenco UK Ltd to review the current status of the Fire Alarm and Detection System and repair or replace it as necessary. Urenco UK Ltd is also required to review and revise its system for fire system maintenance to ensure it remains in efficient working order.

Urenco UK Ltd must comply with the requirements of the notice by 28 February 2020.