The Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Station automatically shut down at 12:02 pm Monday after the turbine took itself offline during routine maintenance on a part of the turbine-generator system. Omaha Public Power District reports this happened on the non-nuclear side of the plant. All systems operated as designed safely and without incident. The plant is designed to shut down automatically as a safety precaution in the event of conditions such as this one.
Fort Calhoun Station operators are investigating the cause of the shutdown and are working to resolve the problem and restore the unit to service.
OPPD reports there is no risk to the public and there are no injuries associated with this shutdown. This is temporary and it is not expected to impact electrical services to homes and businesses in the region.