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EDF complies with improvement notices

The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) can confirm that EDF has now complied with improvement notices served on them for contraventions of the Pressure Systems Safety Regulations (2000) (PSSR) at Hartlepool and Heysham 1 power stations.

The enforcement action followed a targeted ONR inspection at Hartlepool in late June 2022.

That inspection identified that EDF had failed to include all the required items of pressure equipment within Written Schemes of Examination for several of those systems at the site in County Durham.

Following the ONR inspection at Hartlepool, EDF carried out a review which found similar breaches at Heysham 1 power station in Lancashire, the sister station to the Hartlepool site.

This resulted in ONR serving similar improvement notices on both sites.

There were no consequences to the public or the environment as a result of the shortfalls.

PSSR regulations place duties on the owner of the pressure system to establish the scope of their Written Schemes of Examination which will determine the nature and frequency of in-service examinations of selected equipment within the pressure system.

Mike Webb, ONR’s Superintending Inspector for Operating Reactors, said: “Since the improvement notices were served, EDF has demonstrated to ONR that they have taken appropriate action to resolve the breaches identified in the Pressure Systems Safety Regulations (2000) (PSSR) at both sites.

“The safety of workers and the public is our key priority, and we will not hesitate to take enforcement action to bring about improvements when shortfalls are identified.”