The government of Russia proposed to the Philippines to build a floating nuclear power plant to stabilize the electric supply of the country.
Russia’s state nuclear corporation Rosatom and the Department of Energy (DoE) signed an agreement to introduce a floating nuclear power plant.
Department of Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi also said that Rosatom is also looking to the possibility of reviving the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP).
“They will evaluate BNPP if it can still be made operational and study the possibility of a new plant in another area,” Cusi told Daily Tribune.
The Philippines is the second country in the world that will use a floating nuclear power plant if the government follows the proposal of Russia.
Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation director general Alexei Likhachev said that there are two possible ways for the Philippines to generate electricity via nuclear power.
“There are several ways to develop the nuclear energy industry in the Philippines, to reboot the existing power plant, which has been mothballed and the Filipinos keep it in a very acceptable condition or to build another station, but also of large capacity,” Likhachev said.
“A more interesting approach, which we also proposed to our friends, are small-capacity nuclear plants, including floating ones,” he added.
Meanwhile, DOE secretary Donato Marcos said that nuclear power can supply 75% of the country’s energy demand.
He also explained the importance of having more sources of energy as the Philippines population is rising quickly and also having strong economic growth.
The news about the proposal of Russia catches the attention of the netizens, believing that nuclear power can cheapen the price of electricity in the Philippines.