President Rodrigo Duterte previously rejected the idea of reviving the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant but now, it seems like he changed his mind as he gave the green light for its rehabilitation.
Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi tells reporters that President Duterte has given special orders regarding the safety and security during the reactivation of the 40-year-old power facility.
“I reassured him that all of his concerns will be addressed. We are going to follow the strict measures of the International Energy Agency,” Cusi said. “He raised his concerns, and I gave him the assurance that we would not do it recklessly.”
Inquirer.net also said that Cusi gave an estimate of two to four years to get the abandoned power plant up and running — requiring about $1 billion for the completion of its rehabilitation.
Since it was originally a project back in the 1970s, most of the experts involved have either retired or passed away so Cusi admits that the government currently doesn’t have the technical expertise to operate the plant. Those who are out of the country will also be requested back for this operation.
It’s interesting to see how this rehabilitation would turn out as they hope to bring it back to life and generate around 621 megawatts of electricity.