Today, the Nuclear Energy Institute posted a link to a Platts news service story on its NEI SmartBrief page. But, rather than using the Platts headline:
Builders’ schedule could delay completion of South Carolina nukes
NEI used a less-specific headline:
SCANA to ask for a revised schedule on S.C nuclear plant expansion
The reason for the change is easy to see: the Nuclear Energy Institute is committed to the fiction that new nuclear power plants can be constructed ‘on-time and on-schedule,’ and the word delay has no place in that narrative, even though that’s what the Platts article says:
Scana in a few months will ask the South Carolina Public Service Commission for permission to change the schedule for completing two planned nuclear units at the V.C. Summer nuclear station in Fairfield County, South Carolina, and to raise the cap on the project’s cost, the company said during a conference call Monday.
The new schedule pushes back completion of the first unit by about a year to late 2018 or early 2019.
The article did not give a specific cost figure:
Steve Byrne, SCE&G’s chief operating officer, said during the conference with energy analysts that the consortium is expected to provide a new cost estimate by the end of the third quarter, and that the utility hopes to reach an agreement with the consortium by the end of this year on a revised schedule and cost estimate.
Once that agreement is in hand, Byrne said, SCE&G will file a request with the PSC to amend its approval of the V.C. Summer expansion project to reflect the revised schedule and to set a revised cost cap.