V.C. Summer nuclear station starts refueling outage

JENKINSVILLE, S.C, Oct. 10, 2012—South Carolina Electric & Gas Company (SCE&G), principal subsidiary of SCANA Corporation (NYSE:SCG), will take Unit 1 at V.C. Summer Nuclear Station offline Oct. 12 to begin a scheduled refueling outage.

The outage, which follows an 18-month operating cycle, is the 20th for V.C. Summer since the station began commercial operation in 1984.

“Because of our employees’ commitment to safety and strong sense of ownership, we completed the last operating cycle setting station records for both safety and reliability,” said Dan Gatlin, SCE&G vice president of nuclear operations. “We will continue our focus on safety during the refueling outage to assure we return the plant to operation successfully.”

Approximately one-third of V.C. Summer’s 157 fuel assemblies are replaced every 18 months. Refueling outages also allow SCE&G to perform preventive maintenance work that cannot be performed when the reactor is operating. While the 966-megawatt facility is out of service, SCE&G’s other generating plants will provide electric power for its customers.