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SCE&G Contractor to Conduct Controlled Underground Blasting in West Columbia for Installation of New Power Poles

Cayce, S.C. (April 16, 2018) – A contract crew working for SCE&G will conduct controlled underground blasting in West Columbia between Kay Koon Lane and Redbird Drive beginning Tuesday, April 17. The work will be safely confined to a small area on existing SCE&G rights-of-way. People in the general area may hear or feel two brief rumbles.

The work will remove underground rock to make room for the concrete foundations that will support new electric poles. The construction is part of an upgrade of more than 150 miles of high-voltage power lines designed to enhance electric system resiliency, maintain service reliability and keep up with the energy demands of a growing customer base.

Kelvin Rogers, manager of SCE&G power delivery engineering, said SCE&G chose this type of blasting because it is the most efficient, and least invasive, way to remove sub-surface rock in a developed area.

“Understanding the potential noise construction might cause, we evaluated methods of extracting rock and came up with a solution that is minimally invasive to our customers,” Rogers said. “Our goal is to minimize disruptions to people in the area, complete the project safely and efficiently, and continue to maintain the reliable system that our customers count on to meet their energy needs.”

SCE&G expects to complete the project later this year. Local residents with questions about the project may call the company at 866-865-1466.

About SCE&G

South Carolina Electric & Gas Company is a regulated public utility engaged in the generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity to approximately 719,000 customers in 24 counties in the central, southern and southwestern portions of South Carolina. The company also provides natural gas service to approximately 368,000 customers in 35 counties in the state.