Newly built, dormant Bataan Nuclear Power Plant may live yet

Bataan Nuclear Power Plant
Bataan Nuclear Power Plant | Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. of the Philippines expressed his support recently for fueling and starting up the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP).

Marcos recently spoke at the Engineering Seminar and Forum at  Laguna State Polytechnic University in Santa Cruz, the Philippines. Marcos said that if the plant were to become operational in a way that was both cost-effective, did hot harm the environment, reduced power rates and stabilized the nation's power supply, he would support the plant’s operation.

"The government should seriously study and find out whether reviving the BNPP is economically operational because it is still technically feasible," Marcos said.

The BNPP has an operational capacity of approximately 623 megawatts of electricity. The National Power Corp. said the plant never became fully operational. The company said the construction of the plant is approximately 98 percent completed, with all plant systems and equipment having passed functional tests in 1984. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) cleared the plant for operations in 1985. Despite this, public health concerns persisted, the plant was never fueled and it became an object of historical curiosity for tourists and educational groups.

The National Power Corp. has maintained the plant since its construction and said it is ready to receive fuel for operations.

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