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Report: VC Summer Behind Schedule, Delays Costly

8:43 PM, Jan 21, 2014   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Parts of the construction at the VC Summer is running behind schedule according to a new report released by the Office of Regulatory Staff.

"Our job is to make sure the project stays on schedule and on budget," said ORS Deputy Director Anthony James. 

In the report James helped write, 16 of 142 VC Summer project milestones are behind schedule.

"Some of those have gotten to 15, 16 months," James said.  "Those raise red flags."

Regulations allow for milestones to be at most 18 months behind schedule before corrective action is taken by the state.

In August 2013, SCE&G said the power plant was behind but still within a completion window set by the state. 

The power company said it was because delays at the company hired to make parts for the plant.  The delays will cost $200 million.

"We recognize those delays that caused the $200 million dollars are primarily due to fabrication delays," James said.  "So we would say it's the fabricator's responsibility to fix the problem or absorb the delay costs."

James believes management and operational changes at the fabrication company should keep VC Summer on track.

"As we sit here today, our position is those dollars should not be bore by the rate payers of South Carolina," James said.

He says while nuclear plants have high up front costs, his office predicts an overall rate reduction when the first reactor goes on line in late 2017.

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