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Massive part for VC Summer expected to affect traffic near Columbia

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The deaerator makes its way through Bishopville Wednesday. (Source: Connie Jones) The deaerator makes its way through Bishopville Wednesday. (Source: Connie Jones)
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

There could be significant traffic delays in the Columbia area on Thursday as crews work to move a giant piece of equipment headed to the VC Summer Nuclear Station in Fairfield County.

The 148 foot long, 18 foot diameter deaerator was scheduled to make its way during off-peak traffic times from Camden to Jenkinsville on I-20 sometime Thursday.

It left Thursday morning from the rest area between mile markers 92 and 98 and traveled westbound on I-20 to White Pond Road it then headed north on an unspecified route. The exact route has not been released by SCANA.

A SCANA representative says they notified the businesses and the people that would be affected "well in advance."

SCANA would normally transport a piece of equipment this size via train to avoid major traffic congestion, but the deaerator is too large to handle the curves of the railroad.

The deaerator is for SCANA's two new reactors being built at the plant. It's purpose is to purify water by removing dissolved gases.

This equipment has been on a multi-thousand mile journey that started in Korea. It arrived in Charleston a little more than two weeks ago and was taken to Lake Marion by a barge over the course of approximately 20 hours.

The first of the two new reactors is scheduled to go online in 2017. The second, in 2018.

SCANA officials say there are approximately 1,600 workers currently employed at the construction site. They say at the peak of construction there will be 3,000-3,500 workers on site. 

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