JENKINSVILLE — South Carolina Electric & Gas Company returned Unit 1 at V.C. Summer Nuclear Station to the electrical grid on Dec. 2, completing the scheduled maintenance and refueling outage that began on Oct. 2.
“During the outage, SCE&G inspected and upgraded numerous components to increase V.C. Summer Unit 1’s safety, reliability and efficiency,” said Dan Gatlin, SCE&G vice president of nuclear operations. “We completed all of these work activities successfully with safety as our first priority.”
Approximately 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.
While the 966-megawatt facility was out of service, SCE&G’s other generating plants provided electric power for its customers.
South Carolina Electric & Gas Company is a regulated public utility engaged in the generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity to approximately 697,000 customers in 24 counties in the central, southern and southwestern portions of South Carolina. The company also provides natural gas service to approximately 343,000 customers in 38 counties in the state.