JENKINSVILLE, S.C. (Nov. 30, 2018) – South Carolina Electric & Gas Company (SCE&G), principal subsidiary of SCANA Corporation, returned V.C. Summer Nuclear Station to the electrical grid on Nov. 25. This completed the 24th scheduled refueling and maintenance outage that began on Oct. 6.
“Because of our employees’ commitment to operational excellence and safety, we have successfully completed another planned outage at the nuclear plant,” said George Lippard, vice president of nuclear operations. “V.C. Summer will now continue providing clean, safe and reliable energy for our customers.”
In addition to replacing approximately one-third of V.C. Summer’s fuel during the outage, workers completed various preventative maintenance activities and inspections on equipment that cannot be done when the plant is operating. More than 900 contractors, many from South Carolina, temporarily joined nearly 700 permanent SCE&G nuclear employees to perform the work. While the nuclear plant was out of service, SCE&G’s other generating plants provided 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.
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.