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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.
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