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V.C. Summer Nuclear Station Refueling Outage Underway

JENKINSVILLE, S.C. (Oct. 8, 2018) –V.C. Summer Unit 1 was taken offline Saturday, Oct. 6 to begin the plant’s 24th scheduled refueling and maintenance outage. The facility is taken out of service every 18 months for refueling and maintenance work activities.

“Our employees are committed to operational excellence and safety at V.C. Summer, and we’ll continue to stay focused on safety during the refueling and maintenance outage,” said George Lippard, vice president of nuclear operations. “Upon completion of the outage, V.C. Summer will continue its clean, safe and reliable operations.”

More than 900 contractors, many from South Carolina, have temporarily joined nearly 700 permanent SCE&G nuclear employees to replace approximately one-third of the unit’s fuel during the outage. Workers will also perform various preventative maintenance activities and inspections on equipment that cannot be done when the plant is operating. While the nuclear plant is out of service, SCE&G’s other generating plants will provide electric power for its customers.

The V.C. Summer Nuclear Station is located in Jenkinsville and began commercial operation in 1984. The approximately 1,000-megawatt plant provides nearly 20 percent of SCE&G’s power generation.

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 727,000 customers in the central, southern and southwestern portions of South Carolina. The company also provides natural gas service to approximately 373,000 customers throughout the state.