You might remember us profiling the Philippine nuclear power station in Bataan, which took eight years and $2.3 billion to build, 32 years to pay off, and never produced a single watt of electricity.
The Philippine government are considering attempting to finally put the reactor to work but, unusually (considering how a side-effect of nuclear energy is to make governments deaf to protest), they are paying attention to local concerns about the plan.
The government are consulting city mayors in the country’s mountainous Cordillera region who have rejected the idea of nuclear in favour of pursuing hydroelectric and geothermal projects. And the government seem content with that decision. ‘[W]e are not trying to convince mayors to accept nuclear energy,” said Energy Undersecretary Ramon Santos, who added that the Bataan plan would be dropped in the event of strong objections.
The Philippine government seem fully aware of the issues with nuclear power – the shortage of experts, the dangers, and the clean and safe alternatives – and are fully prepared to admit to them. A rare jewel indeed, we hope you’ll agree. Let see if they can keep their heads and their promises…