Sellafield issued improvement notice by nuclear regulator

Sellafield nuclear chimney Windscale tower crane
Sellafield nuclear chimney Windscale tower crane

The safety regulator for the civil nuclear industry has issued an improvement notice to Sellafield following a “significant” electric cable incident at the site last year.

The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) said the notice requires the company running the site in Cumbria to make improvements in its arrangements for construction design and management.

Dr Mina Golshan, deputy chief inspector and director of ONR’s Sellafield Decommissioning Fuel and Waste Division, said: “This incident involved damage to a high voltage underground electric cable during excavation works.

“Although the incident did not result in an injury, it had the potential to impact the health and safety of workers working in the vicinity.

“The notice requires Sellafield Ltd to make improvements ensuring that risks arising from excavation work on the site are controlled and managed appropriately.”

The ONR said the notice was issued in response to a significant electric cable strike incident in September 2018 during construction activities on the Fellside Steam Generating Plant.

Sellafield Ltd must comply with the requirements of the notice by April.