South Korea Keen on Supporting the Philippines’ Plan to Revive the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant

August 2023

The South Korean government has reiterated its commitment to support the Philippines’ energy sector, including its plan to revive the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant. The Korean government has presented and submitted its proposal for a joint feasibility study on the rehabilitation of the said power plant.

The Philippines is expecting to finalize its nuclear energy roadmap before the end of the year, according to the Department of Energy (DOE). The country’s Nuclear Energy Program Interagency Committee (NEP-IAC) is reviewing 19 infrastructure issues in developing nuclear power, including nuclear safety, grid infrastructure or connectivity, safety and spent fuel management.

Aside from the possible reopening of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant, the DOE is also looking at smaller nuclear reactors that can be used to produce nuclear power of which one of the considerations is the price because it’s a new technology. The DOE earlier said that the Philippines needed to have an additional 8,000 megawatts of available power in the next 5 years as the country expects its peak demand to increase to 25,000 megawatts.

(Sources: BusinessWorld; ABS-CBN News)

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