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AWE welcomes inaugural Chief Nuclear Inspector’s Report

AWE welcomes today’s publication of the inaugural Chief Nuclear Inspector’s Report 2013 and the Office for Nuclear Regulation’s (ONR) aim for greater openness and transparency around the safety and security of the UK’s nuclear operations.

The report is clear that all defence related sites, including those at Aldermaston and Burghfield, meet the safety standards required.

Delivering safe and secure operations is a core priority for AWE and it fully supports the ONR’s focus on continuous improvement, effective hazard control and maintaining high standards.

AWE’s major investment programme includes replacement of existing facilities to maintain capability and tackling nuclear legacy through maintenance and decommissioning. Both reflect the type of improvements in nuclear safety highlighted in the report.

Our programme is one of the largest and most complex in the UK defence industry with many of our new designs setting the blueprint for future nuclear structures.

Planning, design, construction and commissioning is being undertaken within one of the most demanding regulatory, technical and security environments. Given the complexity and uniqueness of some of the challenges associated with this programme, the CNI report rating (Priority 2) reflects the current inspection regime state at AWE and is appropriate.

AWE continues to work closely with ONR and all other regulators to ensure it ultimately delivers fully functional world class facilities that will enhance the safe capability of the UK Nuclear deterrent.

ENDS 

Notes to Editors:

  1. AWE is home to the UK’s nuclear deterrent where it builds and maintains warheads for Trident, a submarine launched ballistic missile.
  2. AWE is contracted to the Ministry of Defence (MOD) through a Government-owned Contractor Operated (GOCO) arrangement. Whilst our sites and facilities remain in government ownership, their management, day to day operations, and the maintenance of the nuclear stockpile is contracted to a private company AWE Management Limited (AWE ML). AWE ML is a consortium comprising three equal partners: Serco Group plc, the Lockheed Martin Corporation and Jacobs Engineering Group.
  3. For further information contact Media@AWE.co.uk or on 0118 985 5888.
  4. Copies of the Chief Nuclear Inspector Report can be found at www.hse.gov.uk/nuclear
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