SCE&G wins IRP delay so it can nail down nuke project changes

In a Feb. 22 order, the South Carolina Public Service Commission agreed to let South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G) have 60 extra days, until April 30, to file its latest integrated resource plan (IRP).

A “cornerstone” to SCE&G’s IRP is the company’s decision to construct and operate two 1,117 MW (net) nuclear units to be located at the V. C. Summer nuclear plant site near Jenkinsville, S.C., which was previously approved by the commission, said the utility in the Feb. 15 extension request. SCE&G had advised the commission in its latest quarterly report on this project – which was filed on Feb. 14 and provides updated information concerning the status of the construction of the units – that the company has informed Westinghouse/Shaw that it wishes to modify the substantial completion dates for the units.

“More specifically, SCE&G seeks to delay the substantial completion date for Unit 2 and accelerate the substantial completion date for Unit 3 to create economies and efficiencies in the construction schedule,” the utility wrote. “Because the Units are a cornerstone to SCE&G’s IRP, any modification to the substantial completion dates for the Units will impact the IRP and must be analyzed. Therefore, SCE&G respectfully requests an extension of time for an additional sixty (60) days so that it may finalize its IRP to account for this change in the construction schedule.”

SCE&G said in the Feb. 14 project update that the substantive reviews and key procedural steps have been completed for issuance by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) of the Combined Operating License (COL) for the new nuclear units. Action by the commission is expected in early 2012. The substantive reviews and key procedural steps required for issuance of the Section 404 Clean Water Act wetlands permit for the project are also complete and issuance of that permit is also expected in early 2012.

“Construction work on site is proceeding safely and efficiently,” the update added. “The project has completed the work necessary to allow the first nuclear safety-related construction to commence on site when the COL is issued. This was an important goal for the project. Nuclear safety-related work can only begin after the COL is issued and SCE&G authorizes WEC/Shaw to proceed.”

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