Summer nuclear plant returns to full power

SCE&G's nuclear power plant in Fairfield County was up to full power Monday after being shut down for repairs.

The 966-megawatt V.C. Summer Nuclear Station, about 25 miles northwest of Columbia, began ramping up late Thursday and gradually reached full power early Monday, said utility spokesman Robert Yanity.

The unit was shut down Dec. 16 so workers could repair one of four valves that control the amount of steam turning the unit's turbine.

The shutdown was not considered an emergency.

South Carolina Electric & Gas Co., a principal subsidiary of SCANA Co., completed a nearly two-month-long scheduled refueling and maintenance outage Dec. 10.

- Chuck Crumbo