Nuclear Reactors South Carolina

FILE - This Sept. 21, 2016 file photo shows Unit one of the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station near Jenkinsville, S.C. Dominion Energy says it’s completed a merger with the South Carolina utility reeling in the wake of a multibillion-dollar nuclear construction failure. The Virginia-based company made the announcement Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019 about its deal with SCANA Corp. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

PINOPOLIS, S.C. (AP) — The project to build two additional nuclear reactors in South Carolina is officially dead.

The State newspaper reports that Santee Cooper's board agreed Monday to give up the federal license to build the reactors at the V.C. Summer plant north of Columbia.

The state-owned utility's private partner, South Carolina Electric & Gas, told the federal government a year ago it wanted to give up its permission to build the plant.

Santee Cooper asked for more time in a longshot effort to try and find another partner. The utility's board unanimously voted Monday to give up the license after being told there would be significant expense to keep it.

About $9 billion was spent on the plants, which never produced any power. Work stopped in the summer of 2017.

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Information from: The State, http://www.thestate.com

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