Contractors warned over Hinkley Point safety breaches


The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) has served a series of enforcement notices for shortfalls in fire safety at the Hinkley Point C construction site. 

Hinkley Point C. Credit: EDF.

Pre-planned inspections during three days in November last year at the Unit 1 HR Building on the Somerset site led to ONR identifying the breaches and issuing four notices.  

These have been served on NNB Generation Company (HPC), contractors Bouygues Travaux Publics SAS and Laing O’Rourke, who are the joint venture partners in BYLOR JV, and REEL UK. 

It comes shortly after the UK Government revealed plans for a third nuclear power plant after Hinkley and Sizewell C, as part of its Civil Nuclear Roadmap. 

The notices demand improvements to be made to address the shortfalls in compliance and prevent reoccurrence. 

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

However, ONR identified “the potential for harm and risk of serious injury”, which demand regulatory action. 

Improvements must be made by 31 March.  

Shane Turner, superintending inspector and head of safety regulation – Hinkley Point C, said: “The enforcement notices require these four organisations to make improvements in fire safety arrangements at the Hinkley Point C site. We will engage with each of them during the period of the enforcement notice to ensure positive progress is made.” 

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