Nuclear and Mineral Resources

Cusi mulls reviving nuke program for energy

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We are establishing the cooperation with countries that could show us how nuclear technology is utilized in a safe and sustainable manner.

Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi said the government is evaluating the possible utilization of nuclear energy as an alternative source of power during his recent visit in several nuclear facilities in the Republic of Korea (ROK).

Ratification of int’l conventions needed in PH nuclear framework

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Ratification by the Philippine Congress of at least three international conventions on nuclear power development must come first even before the country could craft and institutionalize its own legal and regulatory frameworks on nuclear energy renaissance goal.

“There are three important conventions that the Senate would need to ratify – and for it (Philippines) to have its international network before we can even create a legal framework,” Senate Committee on Energy Chairman Sherwin T. Gatchalian said.

Nuclear power plant is divisive

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A nuclear power plant may be one of the cheapest sources of electricity that a country like the Philippines should operate. Japan, South Korea and Taiwan generate electricity from nuclear power plants, along with the United States and 27 other nations in Europe and East Asia.

The Philippines built but never operated a nuclear power station in Bataan province. The late President Corazon Aquino mothballed the 620-megawatt Bataan plant on safety concerns following the scare that followed the Chernobyl disaster in Ukraine in April 1986.

DoE in discussions for CEZA nuclear power plant study

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THE Department of Energy (DoE) has held discussions with a South Korean company which tackled a possible feasibility study for a modular nuclear reactor in an economic zone in Cagayan province.

In a statement on Wednesday, the DoE said the modular reactor being considered would have a capacity of 100 megawatts (MW) to be located in an area managed by the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA).

DoE, SKorea firm eye nuke reactor

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THE Department of Energy (DoE) and a South Korean company are mulling over building a 100-megawatt (MW) nuclear reactor in the Philippines, the department said on Wednesday.

In a meeting on Tuesday, Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi, Undersecretary Donato Marcos, and Assistant Secretary Gerardo Erguiza Jr., and Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power (KHNP) President and CEO Chung Jae Hoon explored initiating a feasibility study on building a small modular reactor within the Cagayan Special Economic Zone, among other possible energy partnerships.


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