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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  • RyanE

    The nuclear reactor installed in BNPP was a surplus unit from SoKor and of the old technology type. Because of massive corruption, the plant was overpriced and worse was built with lot of defects. I guess the only alternative is to replace the old unreliable nuclear reactor with a natural-gas or even coal-fired boilers to provide the steam needed to run the power generators.

  • beerhunters

    split carbon dioxide to form fuel
    CO2–>C + O2
    recombine as fuel to produce energy
    C+O2+ignition—> energy + CO2
     there, carbon dioxide as an almost perpetual fuel for energy production instead of being a pollutant

  • Echuserang_Froglet

    mabuhay si president marcos!

    ang tunay na pag asa ng bayan!

  • TulisangDagat

    sayang na planta hindi na napakinabangan nagbabayad pa …parang sabong may nagdala ng itik sa sabongan eh may pumusta…..nanalo pa ang  pumusta sa itik…..

  • joerizal

    Kahuyin niyo na lang kaya yan imbes na gumagastos tayo ng P50M para lang wag gumuho yan? Isa sa mga malaking pagkakamali ang ipatigil yang project na yan. Dahil sa pride ng nakakarami, kung anu-ano ang nawala at napatigil sa Pinas, so ngayon tayo ang inaapi ng mga belekoy kasi lahat ng kakampi natin noon, ginalit na natin.

  • Rolando Anonas

    wind energy would be more appropriate for the philippines. this nuclear plant from westinghouse is old and poses too big of a risk not to mention very costly to maintain with its antiquated technology.  there is no point in spending more money down the drain on this one.

  • opinyonlangpo

    At least the future generation admits that Marcos is right after all, surely he was ahead of his time.

    • mon key

      he really was so ahead of his time. he stole so much and gave us a legacy of institutionalized corruption and theft in government – even barangay police have copied his art of stealing! duh!!!!

      • opinyonlangpo

        Are you talking about nuclear technology? if not then you are out of topic.

  • Paulie Romano

    Calculate the risk. To a country who’s battered with all sorts of natural calamities, having a nuclear power plant is a sure killer. No way im agreeing to this.

    • Joseph

      Please read about Gen 3+/4 nuclear reactors and Thorium as a replacement to Uranium as nuclear fuel. The Fukushima is a 1960s design while the BNPP is a much newer (safer) 1980s design. :)

      Given the current state of the BNPP, I believe we should turn it into a Thorium based reactor (which only needs and aluminium soda can to stop radation vs thick concrete walls).

  • Weya Sago

    i think nuclear power is the way to go, otherwise if depend on our hydro and coal power plants especially in mindanao, we will not be self sufficient in energy production… look at mindanao, some of the provinces depend on power barges that is VERY expensive and unsustainable… We have to go Nuclear and get the best design with all risks thoroughly addressed and strict security and proper procedures must be adhered to at all times.

    • mon key

      WTF!??? Japan’s Fukushima clean up is on going. You do not understand what you are saying. . . so you better STFU!

      • Joseph

        Fukushima is a 1960s design that survived both an earthquake an tsunami it was never designed to survive. The BNPP is a 1980s design is much newer, improved, and safer.

        The only reason why Fukushima failed was because the batteries providing cooling ran out after 20 hours (like they were SUPPOSED to) and the plant was still not yet connected to the grid (which was knocked out by the earthquake and could not utilize the flooded diesel generators).

      • mon key

        and do we have the personnel capable of operating the nuclear plant. . . WE DON’T! di nga maka maintain nang naayos nang multi-cab ang ating gobyerno, nuclear plant pa kaya. at sino nag sabi sa ‘yo na mas bago ang design nang BNPP kumpara sa Fukushima? nasa internet ka na man lang, basahin mo nga kung ano ginawa nang TEPCO sa Fukushima. GSING KA NGA!

      • Joseph

        Point 1: We do. Go to NIP and PNRI.

        Point 2: Who said about leaving it under the care of the gov’t? Privatize it to trust worthy companies! If you don’t trust any electrical companies then why not disconnect yourself and stop using electricity.

        Point 3: I bet you don’t even know the difference between a PWR and BWR nuclear reactor. Why don’t you research on Fukushima, BNPP, Chernobyl, and 3 Mile Island. Read and analyse the designs and failures. Then go on to read the latest Gen 3+/4 designs and Thorium as a replacement to Uranium.

      • mon key

        di nga maka afford nang pinaka bago na LRT train ang Pinas, thorium pa kaya? sino pala gumagamit nang thorium ngayon? di ko ma kita sa google eh. may alam ka tsong? sino ba ang worthy companies dito? may alam ka pa na power company na may kakayahan mag operate nang nuclear power plant na taga rito? may alam ka ba na paaralan sa Pinas na may mga graduates na may kakayahan mag manage nang nuclear power plant? alam mo ba kung anong klaseng kakayahan ang kailangan sa pag operate nang isang nuclear power plant? NASA INTERNET KA NA, MAG RESEARCH KA NGA kung may makuhang Pilipino na kaya mag operate nang nuclear power plant? Parang bayad ka nang mga matsing sa NAPOCOR ah!

      • server.171

        @mon key. ang tulad ni homer simpson nakakapag operate ng nuclear plant. research mo sa google. para ma realize mo kung ano view ng US sa mga taong nag operate ng nuclear plant sa kanila

    • catalansbarce

      I second motion. Time na magkaroon tayo ng nuclear power plant.., we are
      booming so our country needs enough electricity to sustain the growth of our
      economy. Almost all industrialized countries preferred having nuclear power plants..,
      very practical.

    • Joseph

      We need to convert BNPP to a Thorium nuclear power plant from the Uranium nuclear power plant it was originally designed to be.

      The radiation of Thorium is so weak, you just need aluminum the thickness of a soda can to prevent it from leaking. Also, by nature the reaction can never go “out of control” unlike Uranium. Incase people don’t know, Cadillac built a Thorium Nuclear Powered car… it works and it is safe!

      Thorium is also more abudant and cheaper than Uranium. The only reason why it wasn’t used was because you couldn’t make nuclear weapons with Thorium! (go figure).

      • mon key

        you are spreading more ignorance here. thorium is not that easy to produce and use. GO FIGURE YOUR IGNORANCE somewhere else. NOT HERE!

  • rodben

    It’s a GOOD MOVE..sana alisin na ng mga MABABAIT NA MGA MAMBABATAS ANG PRIDE na mas magaling sila sa Marcos law makers kong ito’y para sa mga mahihirap..ang plantang ito ay ginawa para manatiling mababa ang halaga ng koryente sa Pinas and this one of the Marcos Industrialization plan to compete the Industrialized countries in Asia and also to create more skilled jobs to all Pinoys..

    • mon key

      WTF!??? Japan’s Fukushima clean up is on going. You do not understand what you are saying. . . so you better STFU! OGAG lang ang mag sabi nang ganito.

      • castertroy2010

        ang fukushima ay gumagana na ulit naggegenerate n ulit kuryete sa kbila ng trahedya binuhay nila ulit

      • mon key

        Hoy! igoogle mo nga. nasa internet ka na, di mo pa ma google kung totoo ba ang mga sinasabi mo. nag MELT DOWN and Fukushima, paano nila ma pa gana yun? OGAG ka talaga!

      • Joseph

        A single nuclear power plant has many nuclear reactors. A “meltdown” (of uranium fuel core) is specific to a single or group of nuclear reactors, not all.

        Case in point: 3 Mile Island meltdown. The nuclear plant is still operating.

      • mon key

        fukushima went through a total meltdown, while 3 mile island only went into the early stages of meltdown. you better read the whole story of both meltdowns to understand what really happened in both. Fukushima had multiple meltdowns. that is why TEPCO has closed down the area, and the Japanes government quietly relocating thousands of residents around Fukushima. NASA INTERNET KA NA, MAG RESEARCH KA NGA! P3SKA!

      • server.171

        Lolo . sana po maintindihan nyo ang benefit ng isang nuclear plant . tignan nyo po ang apo nyo . may sakit sa baga sa taas ng pollution sa pinas

      • mon key

        na intindihan mo ba nang mabuti ang benefits nang nuclear plant at ang mga kailangan para maka operate tayo nang isang nuclear plant? di nga kaya nang ating gobyerno mag mainitain nang isang 911 na systema, nuclear plant pa kaya? ipahamak mo lang ang lahat nang nakatira sa bataan at metro manila sa isang nuclear disaster. di nga maayos nang gobyerno natin ang pagpatupad nang batas sa lansangan? totoy, mag isip isip ka nga!

      • server.171

        napag baliktad nyo po ata ang pag meltdown ng US at Japan. nag meltdown po ang economy nila nde po ang nuclear plant. kung kaya mag operate ng coal power plant ang pinas eh may kakayahan din tyo mag operate nuclear plant. sana din po naintindihan nyo kung paano mag implement ng 911 at mga batas na gusto nyo kumpara sa science na nasa isang exclusibong lugar. baka po magulat kayo na meron ng nuclear medicine sa pinas pang gamot sa utak nyo

      • Joseph

        One of the best comments I’ve seen all day!

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