Gov’t looking at possibility of rehabilitating BNPP – Reyes


Reviving its nuclear program remains as one of the options being considered by the government amid rising crude prices, Energy Secretary Angelo Reyes said yesterday.

Reyes said that with oil prices reaching more than $ 138 a barrel, the government is looking at the possibility of rehabilitating the mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP).

“I have taken the position that we have to revisit the nuclear option because we don’t want a situation where there will be power shortage. We are encouraging the development of alternative sources of energy, alternative ways of generating power,” Reyes said at the weekly news forum at Sulo Hotel in Quezon City.

The BNPP, whose construction began in 1976 and was completed in 1984 at a cost of $ 2.3 billion, was the response of the Marcos administration to the energy crisis of the late 1970s.

Then President Ferdinand Marcos saw nuclear power as the best way forward in terms of meeting the country’s future needs and reducing reliance on imported oil.

The 630-megawatt power plant cost the Filipino taxpayer a total of $ 460 million on a debt of $ 1.06 billion though it never produced a single watt of electricity.

In 1986, President Corazon Aquino mothballed the BNPP because of safety defects and sued its builder for overpricing and allegations of bribery.

In 2007, there were reports that the country made its final payment on the plant in April last year. Reyes said only three months ago, officials of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) arrived in the country to evaluate the feasibility of commissioning the BNPP.

He said the tentative position of IAEA officials was that the country can rehabilitate the plant at a cost of 0 million for it to generate 630 megawatts of power.

Reyes said the rehabilitation may be expensive but the government is looking at what the plant can do the country in the long run.

“There’s no option that you will take that has no cost. If you’re looking at an option that has no cost, that option doesn’t exist,” he said.

He said before the rehabilitation, a complete feasibility study must be done and this will last for two years. The rehabilitation itself will take five years, he added.

The energy chief also said that rehabilitating BNPP would be faster than building a new plant, which may take one and a half decades.

“If you build a new plant, it would take 15 years to build it. Just looking for a site, the place where you locate the plant that will take a long time. You have to locate it in a place not vulnerable to earthquake and typhoons,” Reyes said. (Edmer F. Panesa)

“Take note of this, BNPP had survived earthquakes and typhoons,” he pointed out.

Besides nuclear power, Reyes said the government is looking at renewable sources of energy like wind, solar and geothermal, as well as alternative sources of fuel.

“We can’t have a situation where we do away with oil and coal. We will have blackouts then or we will have shortage in power supply,” he explained.

Without power, Reyes warned that investors would not come in and those who are already here will go away.(MB)

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My Take:

This is bullshit!

With the kind of government we have? We are not safe.  Yung mga advance countries na nga at mga disiplinadong tao pa na nagpapatakbo ng plantang nukleyar e nadaleng naaksidente, tayo pa kaya?

Baka sa pagpapatayo pa lang e panay mahinang klaseng materyal ang gawin dahil sa kikbak, komisyon at bukol.

tayo ang kawawa dito.  tutulan natin ito!

2 Responses to “Gov’t looking at possibility of rehabilitating BNPP – Reyes”

  1. Ron Says:

    I just want to Clarify Issues in Creating a Nuclear power Plant here in Philippines…. actually its a Big YES for me not that im a Mechanical Engineer, But? kung matatayo kc ito Maari n nating bayaran ang mga pag kakautang natin sa ibang bansa… dahil ang Nuclear Plant ay isa sa mga biggest source ng Kuryente sa ibang bansa… not to mention that this is Very Harmful to Everybodys health… kaya nga ito dapat fully Insulated para ma prevent ang mga leak na harmful sa tao… kaya ng may mga specialty tyung mga tao to conduct na dapat 100% safe sya…

    1 more sang ayon nman ako sa sinsabi mo na baka bukulan lng yung budget… at eto ma mismo ang mging dahilan para mlimitahan ung gawa at maging basta basta lang…. but to think na dapat itong tutulan dun naman ako di sangayon.. dapat laanan ito ng budget at i pahawak dun sa mga tao na may malasakit sa bansa… nang sa ganun standard ang gawa at naayon sa tama…

    Pag nagkaron kc tayo ng Nuclear Power Plant Malamang makaahon ang Pinas… Kaya lng nman nalubog tayo e Dahil sa Nuclear Power PLant na pinatayo e di nman pinaandar dahil sa takot….. Kelngan lng nman ng tamang kaalaman para sa gnung bagay… para magawa ng tama…
    Ilang bansa nba ang mga gumgamit ng Nuclear Power Plant??? Paki research? at Pkitingnan narin kung anu ang Epekto nito sa knila?? at saka kayo mag husga kung anu ang pinagkaiba ng Pinas sa knila kung tayo ay mag kakaroon din ng Ganung teknolohiya sa bansa….

    Di Tayo Kawawa Kung TAyo ay Mamumulat sa Tamng KaalMan……..
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    Ron,

    AT sino sa tingin mo ang hahawak niyan? with pgma as the president… si esperon? si ermita? si palparan?

    o ang mga tao ni fg? si garci? se mike def?

    the point is… kapag ganito kakorap at kabayolente ang pamahalaan, siguradong magkaka-chernobyl experience sa pinas.

    maybe in the future, pag matino na ang pamahalaan, kahit ako susuporta ako dito. pero ngayon… i say no to this project.

  2. Charley Says:

    Actually, it is impossible for Chernobyl to happen in Bataan since the technology used in building the plant is post-chernobyl. The plant itself was buit solely by an American company and it would be better to have it running and generating electricity than just sitting there, right? Besides, the guy has a point. Kahit nag-erupt na si Pinatubo at lumindol, nakatayo pa rin yung plant.

    Sino ang hahawak diyan? Eh siyempre kung sino man ang ilalagay natin diyan. Mamulat ka at marami kang makikita.

    As a side note, the uranium produced by Light Water Reactors like the one in Bataan is reprocessible by reactors in Japan, Taiwan and Korea so we can sell our waste to the to make a profit. it’s a win-win situation.

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