WATCH: Drone video of Bataan Nuclear Power Plant


Posted at Sep 17 2016 03:32 AM

This drone video captured by ABS-CBN News cameraman Val Cuenca shows the mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant, which was built four decades ago at more than $2 billion but never used.

The late dictator Ferdinand Marcos ordered the plant built in 1976.

The facility never started generating electricity after it was declared unsafe because it sits on a major earthquake fault line and lies near the Pinatubo volcano, which was dormant at that time.

Pinatubo's 1991 eruption had no effect on the Bataan plant, 70 km (45 miles) away, but the project was mothballed in the wake of the Chernobyl disaster in 1986.

A decade ago, Manila looked into reopening the plant but the 2011 Fukushima nuclear incident renewed concerns about safety.

Building a new nuclear power plant will be more cost-effective for the government, instead of rehabilitating the four-decade-old unused facility here, a lawmaker said Friday.

While rehabilitating the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant will be up to six times cheaper than a new facility, which could cost around $6 billion to build, it would run for only 20 years while a new one would last twice as long, said Senator Sherwin Gatchalian.

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