JENKINSVILLE, S.C. (Dec. 11, 2009) — South Carolina Electric & Gas Company (SCE&G), principal subsidiary of SCANA Corporation (NYSE:SCG), has completed its scheduled refueling and maintenance outage at V.C. Summer Nuclear Station. The plant entered the outage Oct. 16 and returned to service Dec. 10 at approximately 7 p.m.
“Our team has safely completed an outage that included the installation of a new main transformer,” said Dan Gatlin, vice president of nuclear operations. “Due to the ownership and dedication of our staff, we are now set for another cycle of safe and reliable operation.”
While the nuclear plant was out of service, SCE&G’s other generating plants provided electric power for its customers. The outage, which follows an 18-month operating cycle, is the 18th for V.C. Summer Station since the plant began commercial operation in 1984. The recent operating cycle was the most successful in V.C. Summer’s 25-year history. The plant set a continuous run record of 475 days, and surpassed 5.5 million safe work hours.
Approximately one-third of Summer Station's 157 uranium fuel assemblies are replaced every 18 months. Refueling outages also allow SCE&G to perform preventive maintenance work that cannot be performed when the plant is in operation.
South Carolina Electric & Gas Company is a regulated public utility engaged in the generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity to approximately 654,000 customers in 26 counties in the central, southern and southwestern portions of South Carolina. The company also provides natural gas service to approximately 306,000 customers in 34 counties in the state.
SCANA Corporation, a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Cayce, South Carolina, is an energy-based holding company principally engaged, through subsidiaries, in electric and natural gas utility operations and other energy-related businesses. For information about SCANA and its businesses, visit www.scana.com.