SCANA (NYSE:SCG) utility South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G) will take Unit 1 at V.C. Summer nuclear station in Jenkinsville, S.C., offline Oct. 2 to begin a scheduled refueling outage.
The outage, which follows an 18-month operating cycle, is the 22nd for V.C. Summer since the station began commercial operation in 1984.
Roughly 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, the utility noted in a news release.
While the 966-MW facility is out of service, SCE&G’s other generating plants will provide electric power for its customers, SCANA said Sept. 30.
“The plant has run very well during the last 18 months, and this outage will allow us to perform testing and maintenance to assure another 18 months of safe and reliable operation,” said Dan Gatlin, SCE&G vice president of nuclear operations.
Meanwhile, SCE&G and its partner, Santee Cooper, continue to make progress on the construction of two new nuclear units at the V.C. Summer station. The Public Service Commission of South Carolina voted unanimously Sept. 2 to approve an updated construction and capital cost schedule for the two new nuclear units being built.
The newly-approved construction schedule, without consideration of all mitigating strategies, indicates substantial completion dates of June 2019 and June 2020.