By Associated Press - Monday, April 10, 2017

JENKINSVILLE, S.C. (AP) - Crews have shut down the working reactor at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station to replenish the nuclear fuel that makes power.

South Carolina Electric & Gas said in a news release that the reactor was taken offline on April 8 at the plant near Jenkinsville.

Nuclear reactors need additional fuel every 18 months. SCE&G says this is just a routine shutdown, and crews will use the time to perform maintenance that can’t be done when the reactor is working.

The utility says its other generating plants will be able to provide enough power for its 700,000 customers during the shutdown.

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