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Nuclear Profile 2010 South Carolina profile

South Carolina total electric power industry, summer capacity and net generation, by energy source, 2010 
Primary energy source Summer capacity
(mw)
Share of State total
(percent)
Net generation
(thousand mwh)
Share of State total
(percent)
Nuclear 6,486 27.0 51,988 49.9
Coal 7,230 30.1 37,671 36.2
Hydro and Pumped Storage 4,006 16.7 1,442 1.4
Natural Gas 5,308 22.1 10,927 10.5
Other 1 - - 61 0.1
Other Renewable1 284 1.2 1,873 1.8
Petroleum 670 2.8 191 0.2
Total 23,982 100.0 104,153 100.0
1Municipal Solid Waste net generation is allocated according to the biogenic and non-biogenic components of the fuel; however, all Municipal Solid Waste summer capacity is classified as Renewable.
- = No data reported.
Notes: Totals may not equal sum of components due to independent rounding.
Other: Blast furnace gas, propane gas, other manufactured and waste gases derived from fossil fuels, non-biogenic municipal solid waste, batteries, chemicals, hydrogen, pitch, purchased steam, sulfur, tire-derived fuel, and miscellaneous technologies.
Other Renewable: Wood, black liquor, other wood waste, biogenic municipal solid waste, landfill gas, sludge waste, agriculture byproducts, other biomass, geothermal, solar thermal, photovoltaic energy, and wind.
Source: Form EIA-860, "Annual Electric Generator Report," and Form EIA-923, "Power Plant Operations Report."

South Carolina nuclear power plants, summer capacity and net generation, 2010  
Plant name/total reactors Summer capacity
(mw)
Net generation
(thousand mwh)
Share of State nuclear
net generation (percent)
Owner
Catawba
Unit 1, Unit 2
2,258 18,964 36.5 Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC
H B Robinson
Unit 2
724 3,594 6.9 Progress Energy Carolinas Inc
Oconee
Unit 1, Unit 2, Unit 3
2,538 20,943 40.3 Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC
V C Summer
Unit 1
966 8,487 16.3 South Carolina Electric&Gas Co
4 Plants
7 Reactors
6,486 51,988 100.0  
Note: Totals may not equal sum of components due to independent rounding.
Source: Form EIA-860, "Annual Electric Generator Report," and Form EIA-923, "Power Plant Operations Report."

Plants in State

Catawba Nuclear Power Plant 
Unit Summer capacity
(mw)
Net generation
(thousand mwh)
Summer capacity factor (percent) Type Commercial operation date License expiration date
1 1,129 9,889 100.0 PWR 6/29/1985 12/5/2043
  1,129 9,075 91.8 PWR 8/19/1986 12/5/2043
  2,258 18,964 95.9      
Data for 2010
PWR = Pressurized Light Water Reactor.
Note: Totals may not equal sum of components due to independent rounding.
Source: Form EIA-860, "Annual Electric Generator Report," and Form EIA-923, "Power Plant Operations Report."

Operator: Duke Power Company

Location and Service Territory: The Catawba plant is located on a 391-acre peninsula on Lake Wylie in York County, South Carolina.

Construction Cost: $6.594 billion (2007 USD)2

Reactor Descriptions: Both units are Westinghouse four-loop pressurized water reactors.

Cooling System: The Catawba facility is cooled by six mechanical draft cooling towers that draw water from Lake Wylie.


H B Robinson Nuclear Power Plant 
Unit Summer capacity
(mw)
Net generation
(thousand mwh)
Summer capacity factor (percent) Type Commercial operation date License expiration date
2 724 3.594 56.7 PWR 3/7/1971 7/31/2030
  724 3,594 56.7      
Data for 2010
PWR = Pressurized Light Water Reactor.
Note: Totals may not equal sum of components due to independent rounding.
Source: Form EIA-860, "Annual Electric Generator Report," and Form EIA-923, "Power Plant Operations Report."

Operator: Progress Energy Carolinas, Inc.

Location and Service Territory: The H.B. Robinson 2 Nuclear Station, also known simply as the Robinson Plant, is located on a 5,000-acre site near Hartsville, South Carolina

Construction Cost: $408.5 million (2007 USD)2

Staffing: More than 400 workers are employed by the plant.

Reactor Description: The Robinson Plant has a Westinghouse three-loop pressurized water reactor.

Cooling System: The plant uses a once-through system that draws water from Lake Robinson.



Oconee Nuclear Power Plant 
Unit Summer capacity
(mw)
Net generation
(thousand mwh)
Summer capacity factor (percent) Type Commercial operation date License expiration date
1 846 7,434 100.0 PWR 7/15/1973 2/6/2033
2 846 6,732 90.8 PWR 9/9/1974 10/6/2033
3 846 6,779 91.5 PWR 12/16/1974 7/19/2034
  2,538 20,943 94.2      
Data for 2010
PWR = Pressurized Light Water Reactor.
Note: Totals may not equal sum of components due to independent rounding.
Source: Form EIA-860, "Annual Electric Generator Report," and Form EIA-923, "Power Plant Operations Report."

Operator: Duke Power Company

Location and Service Territory: The Oconee Nuclear Station, near Greenville, South Carolina, occupies 510 acres in largely rural Oconee County.

Construction Cost: $1.961 billion (2007 USD)2

Reactor Descriptions: All three Oconee nuclear units are Babcock & Wilcox Lowered-loop pressurized water reactors.

Cooling System: Oconee relies on a “once-through heat dissipation system that withdraws cooling water from the Little River arm of Lake Keowee, from underneath a skimmer wall. The discharge for the cooling water is located on the Keowee River arm of the lake just above the Lake Keowee dam.” In addition to cooling water for Oconee, Lake Keowee provides power to nearby hydro facilities and drinking water to local communities.




VC Summer Nuclear Power Plant 
Unit Summer Capacity
(MW)
Net Generation
(Thousand MWh)
Summer Capacity Factor (Percent) Type Commercial Operation Date License Expiration Date
1 966 6,872 81.2 PWR 1/1/1984 8/6/2042
  966 6,872 81.2      
Data for 2010
PWR = Pressurized Light Water Reactor..
Note: Totals may not equal sum of components due to independent rounding.
Source: Form EIA-860, "Annual Electric Generator Report," and Form EIA-923, "Power Plant Operations Report."

Description Operator: South Carolina Electric & Gas Co.

Location and Service Territory: The Virgil C. Summer nuclear station occupies a site near Jenkinsville in Fairfield County, South Carolina.

Construction Cost: $2.563 billion (2007 USD) 2

Staffing: Summer employs about 825 employees.

Reactor Description: The reactors are Westinghouse three-loop pressurized water reactors, each holding 157 fuel assemblies. The internal diameter of the reactor vessel at Summer is 172-inches, roughly a foot larger than other vessels of the same design.

Cooling System: Cooling water is drawn from the Broad River.

2Nuclear Power Plant Construction Activity, DOE/EIA-0473(86), Energy Information Administration, 1986, pp 16-17, Table 5. Adjusted to 2007 Dollars using Bureau of Labor Statistics' Consumer Price Index.

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