“Nuclear safety remains our overriding priority, with security of low carbon electricity supply, and our sites, at our core. Our commitment to responsible business means we will work with Government, NGOs and others to demonstrate real progress towards finding long-term UK radioactive waste solutions.”
– Humphrey Cadoux-Hudson, MD, Nuclear New Build and Stuart Crooks, MD, Generation
Find out what we're doing to meet our other Better Energy Ambitions:
- To achieve Zero Harm to people
- To be the best and most trusted for customers
- To power society without costing the Earth
- To achieve strong financial and ethical performance
- To empower our people to be a force for good
“The EDF Energy graduate scheme has offered me and others a chance to experience the company’s activities and the many roles it has to offer.
"My current role as a nuclear graduate plays a direct part in ensuring that we continue to operate our nuclear power stations with the highest levels of responsibility and nuclear safety.
"I enjoy the fact that I am able to use the skills I have learned at university to make a valuable contribution to the business.”
- Anik Abdullah, Nuclear Graduate
“I work as an Accredited Health Physicist at Heysham 1. This involves providing risk assessment and advice on working with radiation on site. The most critical jobs on the station involve a greater radiation or contamination risk, so I get involved with the most interesting work across the plant. I was involved with the Vessel Entry campaign as part of the 1D1 Boiler Spine outage. This provided me with great experience, enabling me to enter the reactor vessel and see first-hand what it is like to work inside a reactor.”
- Joseph Taylor, Accredited Health Physicist
“We help nuclear managers at EDF Energy meet the legal requirements of operating and decommissioning nuclear sites. The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, in their capacity as agent of Government, recently approved our plans for all our nuclear plants. These show how our nuclear power generation sites can be decommissioned safely and responsibly, and returned to other uses without restrictions.”
- Raj Jassal, Group Head, Nuclear Liabilities Group
“Since finishing my apprenticeship, I’ve worked as a mechanical technician at Hartlepool power station; I work to maintain our systems in the reactor controlled area. We take a collaborative approach so we’re constantly sharing information across our sites to make sure all our power stations are running efficiently and safely.”
- Sam Jones, Mechanical Technician
We’ve clarified our ambition to talk more about safe, secure and responsible nuclear electricity – that includes an ongoing focus on nuclear safety and helping achieve long-term solutions to radioactive waste. EDF Energy is in a unique position to play a key role in building a low-carbon economy for the UK. As we play our part in this transition, we know that how we operate our business is just as important as what we do.
We also publish disclosures in line with the FTSE4Good Nuclear Criteria. This provides information on our nuclear safety, security and radioactive waste policies, management systems and performance over the last three years.
We will report annually against a range of established nuclear safety measures. These are:
- nuclear reportable events
- collective radiation exposure
- delivery of new plant design which meets the safety case, project milestones and the schedule
- promoting an open reporting culture
- maintaining nuclear competency status
Our performance in 2015
- We had no Nuclear Reportable Event (NRE) in 2015.
- Compared to the rest of the nuclear industry, our collective radiation exposure (CRE) performance is very good. Our advanced gas-cooled reactor (AGR) units routinely report among the lowest CRE of all the world’s operating nuclear units.
- The figure for our pressurised water reactor (PWR) at Sizewell B is also low – and very low compared to the worldwide average for PWRs.
- This performance is a result of both the AGR and PWR designs, which are radiologically cleaner than most other reactor types, and our high standards of radiological control and protection. Most of our units outperform the WANO upper decile for CRE.
In 2015, teams completed work inside the reactor vessels during statutory outages at Hinkley Point B and Hunterston B as planned.
An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Operational Safety Review Team spent three weeks at Sizewell B in October. The team commented on the openness and transparency of both our people and our processes, and said they had seen many good things to take back to their own organisations.
Nuclear New Build
We made major progress toward our plan to build a new nuclear powerstation at Hinkley Point C in Somerset - most notably with the signing of a Strategic Investment Agreement between EDF and China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGN) in October.
- We have demonstrated our ability to manage nuclear safety and delivered the safety case that will underpin the project’s first reference configuration. We reduced the workforce while we waited for the final investment decision; now, with the final negotiations in progress, preparations to remobilise the site are well under way.
The year ahead
We launched the sixth Nuclear Safety Culture Survey (NSCS) in May 2016 to promote and improve nuclear safety. The survey will invite responses from both staff and contractors. We will analyse the results to identify areas in need of improvement and create action plans to improve future results.
The survey invited responses from both staff and contractors. We will analyse the results to identify areas in need of improvement and create action plans to improve future results.
We will also drive radiological safety to even higher levels by improving contamination control, workers’ practices and control measures for all high radiation dose work.
Long-term solutions to radioactive waste
Our key target
- To work with the Government, NGOs and others to demonstrate real progress towards implementing a long-term UK radioactive waste solution
Our performance in 2015
Our Nuclear New Build teams work with Radioactive Waste Management Limited to demonstrate how we will safely and securely dispose of spent fuel and radioactive wastes from our new build sites, such as Hinkley Point C.
The Government approved our Funded Decomissioning Programme for Hinkley Point C in 2015.
The year ahead
Uk spent fuel policy has been identified as a key area for review by the Nuclear Owners Group, which includes EDF Energy. We will work with the Government to review these policies, including the development of the GDF.
Average three-year collective radiation dose per reactor as defined by the World Association for Nuclear Operators (WANO ). The measure covers all staff – employees, agency and contractors. It does not include a guided party of visitors; these parties walk a known visitors’ route where exposure is negligible.
Nuclear Reportable Events are those that are required, by arrangements made under conditions attached to our nuclear site licences, to be reported formally in writing to the Office for Nuclear Regulation.
Note: 2015 performance was 0 nuclear reportable event.
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