Generation, Nuclear

NRC approves COLs for SCE&G, Santee Cooper Nuclear Units

Cayce, S.C., March 30, 2012 — South Carolina Electric & Gas Co., a unit of SCANA Corp., and Santee Cooper, South Carolina’s state-owned electric and water utility, have received approval for combined construction and operating licenses from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for two new nuclear units at V.C. Summer Nuclear Generating Station in Jenkinsville, S.C.

About 1,000 workers are currently engaged in early-site preparation work at the V.C. Summer construction site. The project will peak at about 3,000 construction craft workers over the course of three to four years. The two units, each with a capacity of 1,117 MW, will then add 600 to 800 permanent jobs when they start generating electricity. The two AP1000 nuclear reactors will be fabricated by Westinghouse.

V.C. Summer Station is about 20 miles northwest of Columbia, S.C., and includes the now-decommissioned Carolinas-Virginia Tube Reactor unit. The plant comprises one 1,000 MW Westinghouse 3-loop pressurized water reactor currently licensed to run through 2042.

Last month, the NRC approved the first COL for the expansion at Southern Co.’s Plant Vogtle. The COL meant that plant engineers could begin full construction at the site, which will be the U.S.’s first new nuclear units in 30 years upon completion.

SCE&G is a regulated utility engaged in the generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity to about 664,000 customers in South Carolina. The company also provides natural gas service to about 317,000 customers throughout the state.

SCANA Corp., a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Cayce, S.C., is an energy-based holding company principally engaged, through subsidiaries, in electric and natural gas utility operations and other energy-related businesses.

Santee Cooper is South Carolina’s state-owned electric and water utility and the state’s largest power producer. The company is the source of electricity for 2 million South Carolinians.