The nuclear industry has signalled low confidence in the UK’s regulator as it embarks on one of the world’s most ambitious new-build programmes amid a shortage of skilled workers. Only 28pc of industry stakeholders are confident that the Office of Nuclear Regulation (ONR) will have “the resources and capabilities to deliver in five to 10 years”, claims a survey published in its corporate plan. In the plan, out this month, the ONR warned that amid “increasing industry demands … the loss of experienced regulatory staff will lead to a thinning of our overall regulatory capability”. The concerns about the regulator’s ability to oversee safety and security at nuclear sites come at a time when the UK’s nuclear sector is experiencing a shortage of skilled workers and the workload for the regulator is rapidly increasing.
Telegraph 27th May 2018 read more »