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In Review: Heysham

Having supported the power station’s supply chain for many years, NRL’s outage programme management expertise was engaged to support the 2020 HYB R7 & HYA R1 statutory outages.

Engaging local workers to ensure successful delivery

To meet the increased demand for staffing resource to successfully manage the outage programme, all stakeholders were keen to engage local workers. Understanding that projects such as these provide a great opportunity to help local people boost their skills and CV.

Working on Nuclear sites, however, requires extensive security vetting and clearance – to meet stringent safety requirements. The outbreak of Covid-19 further complicated the complex onboarding process.

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A comprehensive approach to clearance

NRL’s in-house compliance team were able to work with the power station to ensure all 166 placed contractors met all necessary compliance checks. Preparing full SQEP packs for each contractor, including vetting and security clearance.

To ensure contractors were ready to work on-site the team supported a new remote learning platform, incorporated into the onboarding process. Ongoing changes to Government Covid-19 guidance and increased site safety processes were adopted, to ensure the outage programme could continue in the safest way.

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Ensuring project success

Consistent communication between all parties, ensured that screening could be completed with minimal delay.

The comprehensive onboarding and ongoing on-site liaison ensured the outage contractors delivered 177,739 hours of work on-site, with zero time lost to accidents. Furthermore, the local approach to recruitment returned £2.69m in wages for local workers, with hundreds benefiting from skilled work onsite.​

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Working in partnership

Our Heysham team, support their clients to manage statutory outages on power stations across the UK. Understanding the importance of safety and security checks, they deliver solutions that are led by compliance.

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​Throughout the complex start-up and operational phases of the ERC refinery project, NRL’s recruitment team supplied highly skilled senior level managerial contractors to help ensure the project was completed successfully.

Across our two-and-a-half-year partnership, they fully understood our requirements and project timings to help us appoint key positions including technical managers and team leaders.

I really appreciate NRL’s international team for their efforts and support on this mega project.

Project Director, ERC Refinery (EPROM)