Gov. Henry McMaster and Santee Cooper say they have companies considering buying all or part of the state-run power utility that could help restart a $9 billion nuclear plant expansion scrapped in late July.
The Post & Courier newspaper quoted McMaster as saying that his office is talking with Charlotte, N.C.-based Duke Energy as well as Atlanta-based Southern Co. and Richmond, Va.-based Dominion Energy.
"We’re working hard," McMaster told the newspaper. "Everything’s on the table. We have a state-owned utility. I have told these power companies that it is for sale, some or all. Everything’s on the table."
Santee Cooper reportedly is conducting its own search for a buyer, but only for its 45 percent share of two unfinished reactors at the V.C. Summer site. Investor-owned South Carolina Electric & Gas controls the other 55 percent and also backed out of the construction project.
"We have heard from two interested parties and are beginning our own outreach to others," a Santee Cooper spokeswoman was quoted as saying.
Santee Cooper has been trying to sell its share of the V.C. Summer nuclear expansion project since 2010 and was close to a deal to sell a small portion to Duke Energy but the deal fell through.
Kevin Marsh, chief executive of SCANA Corp., SCE&G's parent company, told regulators his company would have continued building one reactor, until Santee Cooper walked away July 31.