Office for Nuclear Regulation

Hartlepool – Inspection ID: 22-006

  • Site: Hartlepool
  • IR number: 22-006
  • Date: April 2022
  • LC numbers: 22

Executive summary

Purpose of Intervention

The purpose of this intervention was to undertake compliance inspection activities at EDF Energy Nuclear Generation Limited’s (NGL) Hartlepool (HRA) power station, in line with the ONR’s inspection programme contained in the HRA Integrated Intervention Strategy (IIS) for 2022/23. Specifically this intervention was focused on management of temporary modifications which I had raised a Level 4 regulatory issue on during my last LC22 intervention at Hartlepool.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

In my capacity as the nominated site safety inspector for HRA Power station I performed an inspection against Licence Condition (LC) 22 – Modifications or experiment on existing plant.

The inspection was conducted remotely and was a focused intervention on management of temporary modifications.  During the intervention I discussed the process of managing temporary modifications and sampled the outstanding modifications with the Design Engineering Group Head.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

No system-based inspection was undertaken hence, this is not applicable for this intervention.

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

The fleet arrangements for compliance with LC22 are considered adequate and discussions with Hartlepool staff demonstrate that they have a sound understanding of them.  I consider that Hartlepool complies with the requirements of the arrangements. One ONR regulatory issue that was raised regarding the management of temporary modifications during the previous intervention in 2021 can now be closed.

Overall, I am of the opinion that Hartlepool Power Station is meeting the regulatory requirements of LC22.

Conclusion of Intervention

Based on the sample inspected, I rate the inspection as GREEN – no formal action.  This is in line with the established ONR guidance:

  • “Relevant good practice generally met, or minor shortfalls identified, when compared with appropriate benchmarks”,
  • “No significant shortfalls identified in the delivery of safety or security functions”,
  • “Relatively minor, if any, deficiencies in compliance arrangements.”

I believe that no additional regulatory interventions are needed over and above those already planned at Hartlepool Power Station.