Philippines looks to nuclear reactors to power growth

If plans go through, it will be first nation in South-east Asia to have nuclear power plants

The Philippines already has a 600MW nuclear reactor, in the Bataan peninsula, north of Manila, but it has never gone online.
The Philippines already has a 600MW nuclear reactor, in the Bataan peninsula, north of Manila, but it has never gone online.PHOTO: GOOGLE MAPS

The Philippines is pressing on with plans to build small, modular reactors to fuel growth in the next two decades, rowing against anti-nuclear sentiments and safety concerns still prevailing across much of South-east Asia.

"That is for energy security, not just for now but for the future, and making the Philippines competitive," Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi told The Straits Times.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 16, 2018, with the headline 'Philippines looks to nuclear reactors to power growth'. Subscribe