March 31, 2004, Columbia, SC - South Carolina Electric & Gas Company, principal subsidiary of SCANA Corporation (NYSE: SCG), reported that it has taken the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station off-line to repair a small leak in a one and one-half (1 ½) inch seal injection pipe that is attached to one of the plant's reactor coolant pumps. The 1,000 MW plant is located near Columbia, South Carolina.
The small leak was detected by monitoring equipment located inside the plant's containment building, which led to a controlled shut down. Although the amount of leakage was less than one pint per minute, plant personnel shut the plant down to make the necessary repairs as required by regulation. All safety systems responded normally during the shut down.
The duration of the outage is expected to be less than two weeks and the company expects to be able to meet the electricity needs of its customers with its existing system generation.
SCANA Corporation, a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Columbia, SC, is an energy-based holding company principally engaged, through subsidiaries, in electric and natural gas utility operations, telecommunications and other energy-related businesses. Information about SCANA and its businesses is available on the Company's website at www.scana.com.