'Floating' nuclear plants can help PH meet energy needs: envoy

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 24 2017 03:41 PM

MANILA - Modular nuclear power plants can help the Philippines meet its energy requirements, as it reevaluates its power sources, a Filipino envoy said.

The Philippines' permanent representative to the United Nations in Vienna, Zeneida Angara Collinson, was among 42 ambassadors who visited the Saint Petersburg facilities of Rosatom, Russia's state nuclear agency.

"Because the Philippines is composed of many islands, we are an archipelago, perhaps, the floating nuclear power plant could be an answer to develop and industrialize the far-flung islands in the Philippines," Collinson's office said in a statement to ABS-CBN News on Monday.

"We are actively studying our total energy mix and, should safety issues be adequately addressed, would be considering including nuclear power in our energy mix," she said.

The Philippines' Department of Energy and the Russian State Atomic Energy Corp or ROSATOM agreed in May to cooperate on nuclear energy development, after President Rodrigo Duterte met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.

Philippine Ambassador to Russia Carlos Sorreta told ABS-CBN News in July it was "possible" for the Philippines to adopt some form of nuclear technology from Russia within Duterte's 6-year term.