Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. has welcomed Malacañang’s openness to revive the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP) as a natural gas-powered facility in order to arrest the worsening power situation in country.
Earlier, Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. of the Presidential Communications Operations Office announced that the proposal to convert the BNPP into a gas-powered plant would be studied carefully by the government in order to determine its viability as a dependable source of energy.
“I welcome that direction. I think it’s a practical step, together with other strategies, towards attaining a sustainable solution to our power woes,” Sen. Bongbong said in a statement.
The BNPP was built in Morong, Bataan during the administration of the late former President Marcos, but has remained idle since its completion in 1984.
The suggestion to convert the mothballed BNPP into a natural gas plant was triggered by concerns over the lingering and worsening state of power supply.
Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla had predicted a supply deficit of 200 megawatts for some days in the summer of 2015, which will cause massive brownouts.
Sen. Bongbong said the government should gather the state’s energy executives and private stakeholders to conduct the study.
“I support the idea of conducting a study on whether the BNPP can be converted into a natural gas-powered plant. The BNPP is one practical option whether it will be gas-powered or something else as long as it’s doable and acceptable,” the Senator said.
In a privilege speech last June by Oriental Mindoro Rep. Rey Umali, chair of the House Committee on Energy, he said the BNPP, if operated using a natural gas, would generate up to 1,800 megawatts.