OPPD’s Fort Calhoun nuclear plant trips offline

June 22, 2016

OPPD’s Fort Calhoun Station (FCS) came offline safely at 8:41 a.m. Wednesday, June 22, due to a turbine trip.

The system responded, as designed, by automatically shutting down the reactor safely and without incident.

The plant operators followed the appropriate procedures and handled the situation as they have been trained to do. The plant is safe and there were no injuries.

FCS operators are analyzing the cause of the situation, focusing on the speed and power controls of the turbine. Crews are working to resolve the issue and restore the unit to service as soon as possible.

There is no risk to the public, and there is no expected impact to electrical service to homes and businesses due to this turbine trip.

OPPD is one of the largest customer-owned electric utilities in the United States, serving more than 365,000 customers in 13 counties in southeast Nebraska.