SCE&G engineers on Monday began to ramp up the V.C. Summer nuclear station, but the company said it might be a day or two before the plant goes back online.
The 966-megawatt reactor unit, about 25 miles northwest of Columbia in Fairfield County, was shut down Oct. 2 because of a faulty output breaker, which sends power to the electrical grid.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission reported that the plant had been ramped up to 3 percent power by Monday morning.
The malfunction was on the "non-nuclear" side of the plant and did not pose a safety problem, the company said. The utility was tapping power from other sources to serve customers.
On Friday, the reactor unit is scheduled to be shut down again for a scheduled refueling, said SCE&G spokesman Robert Yanity. The plant will stay offline for about two months.
SCE&G, which operates the Summer plant with state-owned Santee Cooper, is seeking federal approval to add two more reactor units as part of a $9.8 billion project.
- Chuck Crumbo