CALLAWAY COUNTY - Ameren Missouri's nuclear power plant in Callaway County will be installing a crucial new piece equipment.
The plant just finished moving a nuclear reactor vessel head into its facility, something it needed to continue running. The steel the reactor is made of is flexible, but the way the reactor creates energy makes the steel brittle over time.
The reactor head will be installed during a scheduled shutdown this fall. It is being kept in a special, climate-controlled room until then.
Keeping the plant running will save 800 local jobs. An Ameren spokesman said the new part will also make the plant safer and more efficient. He also said this is one of the last major replacements for the plant's original parts from 1984.
The new reactor head will last the current life of the plant which is until 2024.