EnergySolutions signed a contract with the Omaha Public Power District to decommission the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Generating Station.
The plant operated for forty-three years and officially shut down October 24, 2016. It is located on 660 acres between Fort Calhoun and Blair, Nebraska adjacent to the Missouri River.
“We appreciate the confidence OPPD has in EnergySolutions to work with the Fort Calhoun workforce to safely decommission the facility,” stated Ken Robuck, President and CEO of EnergySolutions. “We are confident this partnership will have tremendous success in safely decommissioning the facility on budget and schedule.”
“Utilities continue to recognize the value of the EnergySolutions Decommissioning Management Model. The only model of its kind, it is backed up by years of continued success at our commercial decommissioning sites,” added John Sauger, President and Chief Nuclear Officer of EnergySolutions D&D business.
Construction of the single combustion pressurized water reactor (Fort Calhoun) began in 1966 and operations commenced August 9, 1973. The plant generated 484 megawatts of electricity and was the smallest rated capacity among all operating commercial nuclear power reactors in North America.
EnergySolutions recently completed the decommissioning of the SEFOR test reactor located outside Fayetteville, Arkansas and will finalize decommissioning projects of two other nuclear power plants located in Wisconsin and Illinois later this year.