Pres. Duterte Gives Go Signal to Revive the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant


Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gives the go signal to Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi gives the green light to proceed with plans to revive one of Pres. Marcos' unused mega project, the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant.


Sec. Alfonso Cusi revealed during an interview with some reporters that Pres. Duterte instructed him to pay special attention to the safety and security aspects of the BNPP after the President raised concerns about extra precautions that should be put in place for ensuring the safe use of nuclear fuel.

The Energy Secretary noted that he reassured the President about all his concerns which will be addressed as they promised to follow the strict measures of the International Energy Agency.

The revival of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant would cost the government around $1 billion and estimated to be up and running within "two to four years." The project could generate around 621 megawatts of electricity.


The BNPP was originally constructed during the year 1970s, most of those people who were involved with the construction have either retired or passed away. The government now needs to convince Filipino nuclear experts working abroad to help the national government by bringing them back to the country.

The construction of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant was hounded by controversy after the plant became dormant during the Aquino administration despite the fact that the Filipino taxpayers paid around $2.3 billion loan from foreign creditors.


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