By Bernadette Tamayo | Journal Online
Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said the revival of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP) in Morong, Bataan is okay with him if it would meet certain conditions.
“The cost of power must be reduced, power supply will stabilize and it will not contribute to the destruction of the environment,” said Marcos.
He aired his stance on the mothballed power plant in reply to a question of a student during the “Engineering Seminar and Forum” held yesterday at the Laguna State Polytechnic University (LSPU) in Santa Cruz, Laguna where he was the guest speaker.
“Kung cost-effective pa, bakit hindi natin balikan at paandarin ang Bataan Nuclear Power Plant at immediately, mayroon agad tayong 650 megawatts,” said Marcos.
“The government should seriously study and find out whether reviving the BNPP is economically operational because it is still technically feasible,” he said.
The construction of the BNPP began in 1976 during the term of Marcos’ father, his namesake, late former President Ferdinand Sr., to address the country’s energy demands.
It was completed in 1984 but when President Corazon Aquino rose to power she stopped its operation due to safety issues.
“Kailangan pag-aralan natin mabuti. Kailangang desisyunan at seryoso ang pamahalaan na tingnan kung talagang maaari pang gamitin ang Bataan Nuclear Power Plant. Kung maaari pang gamitin, gawin na natin,” added Marcos.