The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) has hosted a stakeholder event for the second Topical Peer Review (TPR 2) covering fire protection nuclear safety at nuclear installations.
ONR is coordinating the UK’s involvement in the European Nuclear Safety Regulators Group (ENSREG) TPR 2.
The event was attended by representatives from EDF, NNB Generation Company (HPC) Ltd, Sellafield Ltd, Urenco UK Ltd, Springfields Fuels Ltd, Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd, Magnox Ltd, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.
Diego Lisbona, ONR’s principal inspector and project lead for TPR 2, said: “I was delighted to see so many key stakeholders attend the workshop at our Bootle office on 7 September.
“It was a positive event with lots of two-way engagement between participants.
“It provided us with an opportunity to outline the process, timescales and expectations for TPR 2, and gave attendees the chance to raise any questions they had around the project.”
The European Union’s revised Nuclear Safety Directive requires member states to undertake national assessments on a specific topic, selected by ENSREG, related to nuclear safety every six years, followed by peer review by other member states.
The terms of reference, specification, and engagement plan for the ENSREG TPR 2 have been agreed and were published in July.
TPR 2 is now in the self-assessment phase where each participating country prepares its own National Assessment Report (NAR) on fire protection which will feed into the ENSREG’s stakeholder consultation and peer review phases.
The NARs will be published in autumn 2023.
Diego added: “We’re committed to ensuring the safety and security of the UK public and TPRs are a vital part of demonstrating this and delivering continuous improvement across the nuclear industry.
“TPRs allow the participating countries to share operating experience, identify and share good practice, consider common issues and define follow-up actions to address the challenges posed.”