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Despite setbacks, OPPD targets Q1 restart at Ft. Calhoun nuclear power plant

The Omaha Public Power District continues to shoot for a restart of the troubled 482 MW Fort Calhoun nuclear plant sometime in the first quarter, despite substantial work yet to be done, according to a report in Platts.

The reactor went into shutdown in April 2011 for routine maintenance and refueling, but has remained offline after summer flooding along the Missouri River in 2011 and a host of problems that followed. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has said work needed to be done to fix a “significant technical” challenge to the reactor’s containment, Platts reports.

Regional NRC officials reportedly told the NRC that evident improvements had been made at the plant, which, as of four months ago, is operated by Exelon (NYSE: EXC).

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