DOE Secretary conducts technical visit of mothballed BNPP

MORONG, Bataan – Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi, together with International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Deputy Director General Mikhail Chudakov, conducted an ocular inspection of the mothballed 620-megawatt (MW) Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP) yesterday in line with the Philippines’ hosting of the International Conference on the Prospects for Nuclear Power in the Asia Pacific Region.

Along with Secretary Cusi and Director Chudakov during the technical tour were NPC President Gladys Cruz-Sta. Rita, who hosted the event, NPC Vice-President for Administrative and Finance Lorna Dy, NPC Resource Management Services Manager Atty. Manuel Luis B. Plofino, Sr., Program Director from Argonne National Laboratory of Illinois, USA Dr. Daniel Fraser and Energy Undersecretary Donato D. Marcos. The technical tour was led by NPC Asset Preservation Manager Engr. Mauro Marcelo Jr. together with other NPC-BNPP staff.

The Bataan Nuclear Power Plant was completed in 1984 at a cost of US$2 billion, but never produced a single watt of electricity because it was mothballed.

The DOE is now exploring the possibility of reviving the BNPP to augment the country’s power supply.

Meanwhile, the 3-day International Nuclear Conference, which is the biggest of its kind in the ASEAN Region, concluded September 1 at the Diamond Hotel in Manila. There were about 200 participating energy experts and stakeholders from various industries, including the three branches of the government (i.e., executive, legislative and judiciary), the academe and scientific community, energy sector participants, professional organizations and non-governmental organizations.#