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Energy department awaits Duterte imprimatur on PHL’s nuke power-generation option
By Samuel P. Medenilla -
October 4, 2018

The Department of Energy (DOE) is now just waiting for the go signal of President Duterte before the department could move forward with its plan to finally tap nuclear energy in power generation.

During its budget hearing in the Senate on Tuesday, the DOE revealed it had already submitted its position paper on the matter at the Office of the President for approval.

If approved, it will allow the DOE to start a long-term capacity-building plan toward the construction of a new nuclear power plant in the country.

Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi said they hope Duterte could decide on the proposal soon, since it will take them at least seven years to build a nuclear plant.

“After we have the technology, what follows is capacity-building, identification of areas and social activities,” Cusi said. He explained the preparation for the construction of the plant will entail numerous preparation, including the tapping of capable personnel to operate it and getting public support for the project.

“We want nuclear to be part of our energy for security, sustainability and for affordability reasons,” Cusi said.

The current administration has been trying to revive the country’s aspiration of using nuclear power since 2016 with the creation of the Nuclear Energy Program Implementing Organization.