Port of Charleston unloading first big shipment of equipment for S.C. nuclear project
The Port of Charleston is taking delivery of the first many large and heavy shipments of equipment tied to the $10 billion expansion of the nuclear power station in the Midlands.
The cargo is being off-loaded today from the HR Recommendation at the State Ports Authority’s Columbus Street Terminal,
The process started Wednesday.
The cargo will be transported from the Charleston peninsula on rail cars and trucks to the project site in Fairfield County, north of Columbia. South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. and state-owned utility Santee Cooper are investing $10 billion to add two new reactors to their jointly owned VC Summer Nuclear Station in Jenkinsville.
The first shipment of equipment is being brought through the port by Westinghouse Electric Co., the designer of the new units.
The VC Summer expansion is scheduled to be completed in 2018. Itwill require the port to handle 24,000 tons of what was described as “high, wide and heavy” equipment to be delivered to the nuclear station.
“This is a project that will boost port volume and maritime jobs over the course of several years,” said Jim Newsome, SPA president and CEO. “We are very pleased that Westinghouse selected the Port of Charleston for this project, which further establishes our port as the premiere East Coast port for power generation moves.”
Among South Atlantic ports, Charlestonaccounted for half of the market share in the non-containerized power generation business last year, the SPA said.