The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) has received an application from NNB Generation Company for a nuclear site licence, relating to its proposed development of a new nuclear power station in Hinkley Point, Somerset.
It is anticipated that ONR will spend around 18 months assessing NNB Generation Company’s suitability, capability and competence to install, operate and decommission a nuclear facility. If licensed, the company will be subject to statutory obligations and regulation by ONR.
NNB Generation Company’s nuclear site licence application comes after it had engaged extensively with ONR in order to understand the requirements of the UK’s regulatory regime. Additionally, its selected reactor design, the European Pressurised Water Reactor (EPR) has been undergoing a process of ‘Generic Design Assessment’ by ONR and the Environment Agency since 2007.
Colin Patchett, Deputy Chief Inspector, said: “The Office for Nuclear Regulation has received an application from NNB Generation Company for a site licence for its proposed development at Hinkley Point C.
“We will now review this application and carry out a robust assessment of the applicant’s organisational capability, arrangements and competence to be a nuclear licence-holder as well as the adequacy of its technical safety plans.
“A nuclear site licence ensures that activities that could affect nuclear safety are brought under stringent regulatory control through a series of licence conditions that the licensee is required to comply with in order to gain permission to proceed.
“ONR reviews the adequacy of the licensee’s arrangements and their implementation. After a licence is granted there is a continuing, robust, permissioning process that a licensee has to go through in order to install, operate and decommission a nuclear power plant.”
See NNB GenCo’s site licence application at the EDF Hinkley Point website .