Schedule Pushed Back for New Reactors at V.C. Summer Nuclear Plant

On Monday, the majority owner of two reactors under construction at the V.C. Summer nuclear plant announced that the units will come online a year later than expected.

V.C. Summer nuclear plant construction in May of 2014. Source: ScanaScana Corp. said in a release that the anticipated schedule for substantial completion of unit 2 at the South Carolina plant has been pushed back, from late 2017 or early 2018 into late 2018 or the first half of 2019. As before, unit 3 is scheduled for completion about a year after the first new reactor is finished. The company said the schedule is based on information received in August from the Westinghouse-Chicago Bridge and Iron consortium building the new AP1000 reactors. The consortium has not yet provided cost estimates associated with the new schedule, which does not reflect all efforts that might be put in place to speed completion. The companies expect to finalize the project's new schedule and cost estimate later this year.

In June of last year, Scana pushed back completion of unit 2 from March of 2017 to late 2017 or early 2018, citing manufacturing delays at a Louisiana plant owned by the Shaw Group before it was acquired by CB&I. Scana subsidiary South Carolina Electric & Gas owns 55 percent of the project, with plans to eventually own 60 percent with minority owner Santee Cooper holding the balance.

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