The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) will decide on Friday whether to award a combined construction and operation license (COL) to SCANA Corp.’s proposed project for two 1,117-MW reactors at the site of the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station near Jenkinsville, S.C. If the SCANA Corp. project receives the NRC’s approval, it will be the second project in nearly 30 years to receive such approval.

SCANA subsidiary South Carolina Electric & Gas Company (SCE&G) and state-owned utility Santee Cooper filed their COL application for the two AP1000 units with the NRC in March 2008.

The NRC on Feb. 9 voted 4–1, with Chairman Gregory Jaczko dissenting, to award Southern Co. a COL to build and operate two AP1000 units at its Vogtle plant near Augusta, Ga. Southern Co.’s first units may come online between 2016 and 2017, and if approved, SCANA’s will come online in 2019.

SCANA and Santee Cooper have estimated construction costs for the proposed project at less than $10 billion. Southern Co.’s Vogtle reactors are estimated to cost no more than $14 billion.

Sources: POWERnews, NRC, SCANA