V.C. Summer Nuclear Station Starts Refueling Outage
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JENKINSVILLE, SC, April 13, 2011…South Carolina Electric & Gas Company (SCE&G), principal subsidiary of SCANA Corporation (NYSE:SCG), will take Unit 1 at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station offline April 15 to begin a scheduled refueling outage. The outage, which follows an 18-month operating cycle, is the 19th for V.C. Summer Station since the plant began commercial operation in 1984.

“We’ve had a very safe and reliable operating cycle these past 18 months,” said Dan Gatlin, SCE&G vice president of nuclear operations. “Our employees are committed to operational excellence and safety at V.C. Summer, and we will continue to stay focused on safety during our upcoming refueling outage.”

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. While the 966-megawatt plant is out of service, SCE&G’s other generating plants will provide electric power for its customers.

SCE&G is a regulated public utility engaged in the generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity to approximately 661,000 customers in South Carolina. The company also provides natural gas service to approximately 314,000 customers throughout the state. More information about SCE&G is available at www.sceg.com.  

SCANA Corporation, a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Cayce, SC, is an energy-based holding company principally engaged, through subsidiaries, in electric and natural gas utility operations and other energy-related businesses. Information about SCANA and its businesses is available on the Company’s website at www.scana.com.  

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