NRC schedules Friday vote for S.C. Electric & Gas Co. nuclear expansion

Thursday, March 29, 2012 2:55 PM
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Seven weeks after licensing two new reactors at Plant Vogtle, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will act on a second request today for a similar project in South Caro­lina.

The commission issued the firs combined operating license for Southern Nuclear’s Vogtle expansion Feb. 9. It has scheduled a vote today on a request from SCANA subsidiary S.C. Electric & Gas Co. to add two reactors to its V.C. Summer plant near Jenkinsville.

The meeting, scheduled for 1:25 p.m. at the NRC’s Maryland headquarters, would authorize the construction and operation of two new AP1000 Westinghouse reactors at the site, which is north of Columbia and about 85 miles from Augusta.

The $10 billion SCANA project – like the Vogtle expansion in Georgia’s Burke County – began several years ago with limited site preparation work and non-nuclear construction.

“About 1,000 workers have been engaged in early site preparation for our new nuclear project, which the Public Service Commission of South Carolina approved in Feb­ru­ary 2009,” said SCANA spokes­woman Rhonda O’Banion. “Pre­construction has included clearing and excavating land, building infrastructure such as roads and bridges, and constructing support buildings such as offices and warehouses.

“Once approved, the V.C. Sum­mer project will peak at about 3,000 long-term construction workers over three to four years,” she said. “The two 1,117-megawatt nuclear units, which are designed by Westinghouse and constructed by the Shaw Group, will then add as many as 800 permanent jobs when they start generating electricity.”

Construction is expected to take about five years per unit. The V.C. Summer plant, which went online in 1984, currently has one nuclear reactor.


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