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Nuclear plant gets funds


MANILA, Philippines—State-run National Power Corp. has secured lawmakers’ nod to allocate P50 million this year for the upkeep of the mothballed 630-megawatt Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP).

In an interview with the Inquirer, Napocor president Froilan A. Tampinco said that both houses of Congress as well as the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) had agreed to reinstate the proposed budget for the maintenance of the country’s first and only nuclear facility.

Tampinco said that with sufficient explanation, Napocor was able to convince Congress of the necessity of such an allocation for a government asset that has remained idle for decades, yet one that the Department of Energy said cannot be neglected.

The BNPP was built during the Marcos era by Westinghouse Electric at a cost of $2.2 billion. It was mothballed in 1986 due to safety concerns, even before it could begin operations.

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Tags: Bataan nuclear power plant , Energy , National Power Corp. , Philippines , state budget

  • Philcruz

    This is throwing a lot of good money after bad.

  • dimasalangelias

    Anong first and only nuclear facilities ng pilipinas? Meron ba, ni alikabok ng uranium hindi nakapasok dyan.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YAYZCQ4KSBQRKR2LLGX5XRMXFI pepe


  • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZMYIL5FXLVIHRZXBQGONZS6U4 Jhune

    Huwag ng patakbuhin o bigyan pa ng budget for maintenance, sayang ang ginastos dahil ayaw ni tita Cory. Ang maganda diyan ibenta sa mga magbabakal, anong first neuclear power plant ng Pilipinas wala tayong pakinabang diyan dahil ayaw ng mga Aquino at ang mga kampon nilang magagaling tumaligsa.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/simoun.magaalahas.10 Simoun Magaalahas

    Mas maganda kung bubuhayin ang Nuclear Powerplant para bumaba ang kuryente, at mahikayat natin ang investor na magtayo ng mga pabrika, kailangan lang natin ng sapat na budget para sa maintenance nito. kadalasan sa mga ibang kababayan natin ay ignorante sa nuclear power plant hindi nila alam na malaki ang maitutulong nito sa economiya. Isang problema pa natin dito ay ang mga pulitiko at mga negosyante na pumipigil dito dahil mawawalan sila ng negosyo kagaya ng mga Cojuangco at anti marcos nung mga nakaraang panahon…

  • beerhunters

    if the conjectures of those against the BNPP based on the view that it lies on an unstable ground or fault line, then by now the structures would have already been affected by now, considering that there were already many earthquakes that have occured within and nearby area!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BNH2EF27LQAVTR2GUP3FV5PLKY good muslim

    un Japan yaw na sa Nuclear plant tayo naman. bubuhayin pa uli .sell it back to U S . or no american base here. or sell it to No.korea or Iran kung ayaw ng kunin ng kano. palit ng mga modern arms ,missile at fast small boat that you see in Iran practice navy drill.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/S33ZA7Z2IZKMWHUQ3MNTKOUIBI jay

      hehehe isip isip din sir! ;)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AIPSCQM2TZQUMQ5GEIMWMWDFL4 Edward Solilap

    Convert this Facility as a Factory or other related Businesses that could earn money not to spend more tax payers’ money for nothing.

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