OPPD's Fort Calhoun Nuclear Plant has been shut down since 2011. There's still work to do before it can restart. Thursday, the OPPD Board gave management the ok to negotiate a new $713,000 contract.
That money would cover the engineering, materials and shipping of "Spent Fuel Pool Level Instrumentation."
The equipment will enable the control room to monitor the water level in the spent fuel pool.
That pool is where fuel that has been used in the reactor to generate electricity is moved after it has exhausted most of the reactivity that is used to heat water.
The plant has one set of equipment already, but this upgrade isn't optional. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission required a second, redundant set after the 2011 Fukushima earthquake.
Board members also allowed OPPD to negotiate a new contract to add natural gas piping at the Nebraska City Station.
Over time, OPPD expects the ability to use natural gas to save customers money.
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