Slovenia set to assist with mothballed Philippine nuclear plant

A mothballed nuclear power plant in the Philippines could be repowered with Slovenia’s help, local media has reported.

Construction work on the 621 MW Bataan plant (pictured) near Manila was completed in 1986, but the plant was never commissioned. After the country’s 1986 revolution, the new government made the decision to mothball it due to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

This week the Manila Bulletin reported that Napoleon Viterbo, an operations manager with the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), said the current government should revive the Bataan plant as it would help to mitigate the nation’s power crisis.

Viterbo said the country’s current power supply is not sufficient to prevent future brownouts.

Slovenia’s Ministry of Economic Development and Technology is reportedly poised to assist in an assessment of the plant and its safety compliance given that its 696 MW Krško nuclear plant is believed to be a clone of the Bataan plant. Both plants are based on Westinghouse pressurized water reactor (PWR) technology.

Jose Luis Yulo Jr, president of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce, said he had passed the specifications of the Krško plant to the Philippine energy secretary, Alfonso Cusi, for consideration.

Analysis has shown that the Philippines spends around $1m per year to maintain the mothballed plant. 

Image credit: Jiru27/Wikipedia


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