Philippines, Russia forge nuclear cooperation deal


Posted at May 26 2017 12:30 PM

MANILA - The Philippines and Russia have agreed to develop cooperation on nuclear energy under an agreement signed in Moscow, Russia's state nuclear agency said Friday.

Under the memorandum of cooperation, the two nations will pursue the "development of the nuclear infrastructure" in the Philippines, including personnel training and securing public acceptance of nuclear power, Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corp said in a statement.

“The signed document offers our countries plenty of opportunities to cooperate in science and engineering in peaceful uses of atomic energy while making it possible to develop practical application of nuclear technology in health care, agricultural and many other crucial sectors of the Philippines’ economy," ROSATOM CEO Alexey Likhachev said .

Likhachev signed the agreement with Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano.

The nuclear cooperation agreement was among deals signed by Filipino and Russian officials after President Rodrigo Duterte cut shot his trip to Moscow to attend to security concerns back home.

Duterte has approved a study on the feasibility of nuclear power to augment the country's electricity supply.

The Philippines has a nuclear power plant in Bataan, which has never been used.