CAYCE, S.C., Aug. 31, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- On Aug. 30, 2016, South Carolina Electric & Gas Company (SCE&G), principal subsidiary of SCANA Corporation (NYSE:SCG), along with Santee Cooper, the co-owner, placed the reactor vessel in the containment building of V.C. Summer Unit 2. This is the first reactor vessel to be set at a new nuclear plant in the U.S. in more than 30 years.
The cylindrical-shaped reactor vessel will house fuel that powers the reactor along with other related components. The robust, protective steel structure is approximately 35 feet tall and weighs approximately 305 tons. Because of its significant weight, the reactor vessel was transported from the Port of Charleston to the construction site on a specialty rail car, which is designed to carry heavy loads. One of the largest cranes in the world, a heavy lift derrick with a 560-foot front boom, lifted the reactor vessel and placed it in its permanent location.
"Successful placement of the Unit 2 reactor vessel is a very significant milestone on our path to completing the construction of the two new nuclear units," said Kevin Marsh, SCANA chairman and CEO. "This accomplishment is representative of the collaboration among many people who are working hard every day to provide a clean and reliable energy future for South Carolina."
Lonnie Carter, president and CEO of state-owned utility Santee Cooper, said, "The Westinghouse-Fluor team has hit several important milestones this summer, and I congratulate them for the good progress they are achieving. When these units come online, the customers of Santee Cooper and SCE&G will enjoy clean, non-emitting and reliable electricity for decades to come."
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SCE&G and co-owner Santee Cooper are building two 1,117-megawatt Westinghouse AP1000 reactors in Fairfield County, S.C. Westinghouse is the contractor, and Fluor is the construction manager. Approximately 3,800 Westinghouse personnel and subcontractor workers are on site daily. When the two units start generating electricity, SCE&G anticipates more than 60 percent of its generation will be non-emitting.
SCE&G is a regulated public utility engaged in the generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity to approximately 706,000 customers in South Carolina. The company also provides natural gas service to approximately 352,000 customers throughout the state. More information about SCE&G is available at www.sceg.com.
SCANA Corporation, 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. Information about SCANA and its businesses is available at www.scana.com.
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