Duterte approves study on use of nuclear power: energy chief


Posted at Nov 11 2016 05:11 PM

BATANGAS CITY - President Rodrigo Duterte has approved a study on the feasibility of tapping nuclear power to beef up the country's supply, his energy minister said Friday.

The study will determine whether to revive the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant or set up a new facility, Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said in a speech here.

"The President has spoken, and he made clarification, and I seek clearance that I should proceed to work for implementation …he gave me very specific instructions," said Cusi as he delivered his speech during the inauguration of the San Gabriel and Avion natural gas power plants.

"I gave him assurance that we will not do it recklessly…the security on the use of nuclear and safety," he added.

Cusi earlier said reviving the Bataan plant would cost $1 billion.