Nuclear and Mineral Resources

PH nuclear power still widely opposed

Social acceptance of nuclear power continues to be “very negative” driven by the “demonization”  of the fuel source from various sectors, Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said Monday.

Cusi said the country’s economic landscape would have been vastly different if the government had pushed for the operation of the 620-megawatt Bataan Nuclear Power Plant which was completed but was never allowed to generate power.

Foreign firms place BNPP rehab cost at over US$2B

For the country to bring the mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP) to operational stream, the government or its targeted investor will need to fork out more than $2.0 billion for its rehabilitation cost.

This was indicated to the media by Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi, as he had given snippets of the study outcomes on the idled nuclear power facility.

“There have been estimates from the studies made by China and South Korea – and it’s at US$2.0 billion plus,” he said, when asked on the prospective rehabilitation cost for the facility.

DoE to recommend nuclear power as a ‘long-term’ energy option

NUCLEAR ENERGY is a “long-term energy option” for the Philippines, Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi said on Thursday ahead of his department’s formal recommendation to the President on the use of power from the energy source.

“Based on the technical assessment, the use of nuclear technologies, including nuclear energy, is seen as a long-term energy option for the country. The possible inclusion of nuclear power in the current energy mix is consistent with the national policy towards a technology-neutral energy sector,” Mr. Cusi said in a statement on Thursday.


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