V.C. Summer Unit 1 completes refueling outage

SCANA (NYSE:SCG) utility subsidiary South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G) returned the existing V.C. Summer nuclear reactor to the grid on Dec. 2. This completed the scheduled maintenance and refueling outage that began on Oct. 2.

About a 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-MW facility was out of service, SCE&G’s other generating plants provided electric power for its customers, The company said in a news release Dec. 3.

The utility and its minority partner, Santee Cooper, are also developing V.C. Summer nuclear units 2 and 3 alongside the current plant. The new units are scheduled to come online in 2019 and 2020.

In late October both the SCANA utility and Santee Cooper endorsed transaction that leaves Westinghouse Electric Co. (WEC) as the sole contractor overseeing V.C. Summer Units 2 and 3 in South Carolina.

The South Carolina power companies agreed to amend the existing engineering, procurement, and construction agreement (EPC agreement) signed in 2008 with a vendor consortium of Chicago Bridge & Iron (NYSE:CBI) and Westinghouse. The contractors announced Oct. 27 that Westinghouse, which is part of Toshiba, will acquire the stock of CBI nuclear construction affiliate Stone & Webster.

Following that acquisition, Stone & Webster will continue to be a party to the EPC Agreement for the two AP1000 nuclear power plants Units 2 and 3 at the VC Summer Station (Project), but as a subsidiary of WEC instead of CB&I.

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