DOE mulls options for Bataan nuclear power plant

by Alvin Elchico, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 16 2014 04:30 PM | Updated as of Jun 17 2014 01:30 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla said the government still has no final decision on what to do with the mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP).

Petilla said they have received a verbal offer from South Korea's Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) to build a 600-MW coal-fired power plant in the BNPP compound.

He said they are also looking at other options, such as operating the nuclear power plant, turning it into a museum, transforming it into an LNG terminal or solar farm.

However, no decision has been made at this time.

Amid rising electricity prices in the country, there have been calls for the nuclear power plant, which has been mothballed for decades.

The Bataan nuclear power plant is now 30 years old. It had its first major project milestone on May 28, 1984, when it produced electricity for the first time.

At the same time, Petilla said he doesn't mind being the only Cabinet secretary who has not been confirmed by the Commission on Appointments.

According to Petilla, as long as the President continues to trust him,
he will just continue doing his job.

"It doesn't affect the way I do my job, I've been given the task and I'm going to do it with or without confirmation," he said