Sustained improvement is focus of plant personnel.
After two years and eight months of hard work, planning and transition, OPPD safely restarted Fort Calhoun Station (FCS), reaching full power output on Dec. 26, 2013. This returned nearly 500 megawatts of carbon-free, baseload electricity to OPPD’s generation mix.
During that extended outage, major changes to the plant’s equipment and procedures were overseen by Exelon Generation, which operates the nation’s largest commercial nuclear fleet. OPPD hired Exelon to manage FCS operations, starting in 2012.
Sitewide, FCS personnel are moving toward full integration to the Exelon management model, and implementation of OPPD’s plan for sustained improvement at the plant. Although operating, FCS remains under increased oversight by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).
FCS Performance-Improvement Highlighted at NRC Meeting
The NRC held a public meeting with OPPD representatives on Feb. 27 in Blair, Neb., to discuss ongoing performance-improvement at FCS. The NRC panel asked many questions of the OPPD panel, discussing much of what has been accomplished to date at FCS, and the path ahead.
Earlier that same day, NRC Region IV Regional Administrator Marc Dapas made his second visit to the FCS site. Mr. Dapas met with FCS Site Vice President Lou Cortopassi and other members of the FCS senior leadership team, and toured parts of the plant to see some of the physical improvements first-hand.
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