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Bataan nuke plant conversion likely: DOE via ABS/CBN

MANILA, Philippines – The government is likely to convert the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP) into a coal-fired power facility, said Energy Secretary Jose Rene Almendras.

Almendras said initial study conducted by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is leaning towards converting the mothballed nuclear power plant into a  “coal-fired” plant.

If proven feasible, Almendras said the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. (PSALM) would conduct a bidding for the technology to be used in building the coal-run power plant.

However, the government will only bid out the operation and management of the new facility.  “The asset will be retained by the government,” Almendras said.

The Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI) will decide the direction of the government’s plan with the BNPP.

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