South Carolina Electric asks for IRP delay due to nuke issues

Due to delays in a nuclear power project, South Carolina Electric & Gas on April 18 asked the South Carolina Public Service Commission for a second delay in the deadline for it to file its latest integrated resource plan (IRP).

On Feb. 22, the commission gave the utility an extra 60 days, to April 30, to file the IRP. Since that time two important events have occurred, both of which impact the IRP, the utility said in the April 18 filing.

On March 30, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved SCE&G’s application for a combined construction and operating license (COL) for the new nuclear units to be located at the V.C. Summer plant Jenkinsville, S.C. Also, and in advance of the NRC’s decision, SCE&G entered into a preliminary agreement with Westinghouse Electric and The Shaw Group. Under the preliminary agreement, and as a result of the delayed issuance of the COL, the new nuclear units are now expected to be completed in 2017 and 2018.

SCE&G told the commission it has been working diligently in analyzing the effects of modifying the substantial completion dates for the units but additional time is necessary to complete its analysis. Therefore, SCE&G asked for a 30-day extension on the IRP deadline, until May 30.

Commission staff filed an April 19 letter with the commission offering no objection to this second deadline extension.

SCE&G is a unit of SCANA Corp. (NYSE: SCG).

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