The sites of Cagayan, Palawan, Negros, Zamboanga on the shortlist of nuclear power plants
A TOTAL of 10 sites in the provinces of Cagayan, Palawan and Zamboanga as well as on the island of Negros have been identified as potential sites for nuclear power plants, among the 15 initially shortlisted at the national level.
The 10 sites, according to a document obtained by Business world, are Racat Rapuli, Sinuangan and Matara Point in Sta. Ana, Cagayan; Concepcion and Tagbarungis in Puerto Princesa, Palawan; Sipalay and San Carlos, Negros Occidental; Bayawan, Negros Oriental; and Piacon Point and Cauit in Siocon, Zamboanga.
The shortlist of 15 sites is being reviewed by the Inter-Agency Nuclear Energy Program Committee (NEP-IAC). The others are Bagac, Bataan; San Juan, Batangas; Padre Burgos, Quezon; Ternate, Cavite; and the town of General Santos.
These sites were first identified in studies conducted as early as the 1970s and as recently as 1995. Their suitability to continue as candidate sites is currently under investigation.
NEP-IAC President and Spokesman Gerardo D. Erguiza, Jr. said Business world that updating the list of suitable sites has been delayed by the pandemic. The review process includes determining the validity of the original selection criteria.
Two months ago, Erguiza told a briefing at Laging Handa that the 15 sites “will undergo a rigorous assessment that will involve contributions from experts from around the world, including those from the International atomic energy “.
Philippine Institute for Nuclear Research (PNRI) Director Carlo A. Arcilla said President Rodrigo R. Duterte should endorse NEP-IAC recommendations on adopting a national position on the nuclear program. nuclear energy before continuing to examine the 15 sites.
The committee reported to the president in December of last year.
“Kung hindi pinirmahan ‘Yesa G recommendation namin, (ni) Presidente, bale wala lahat ‘yung 15 locations. Even BNPP (Bataan Nuclear Power Plant), wala ball. (If the President does not sign our recommendation, nothing will happen with the 15 candidate sites and even the BNPP) Because the first step is the national policy declaration, ”he said. Business world in an online interview last week.
PNRI is a member of NEP-IAC.
“(The recommendation) has been on the president’s desk since December and I was looking forward to it being signed. When (Mr Duterte) signs this, it will kick off the nuclear movement, and part of that includes the management, the funding, (and) the siting of nuclear projects, among other things, ”he said.
More years of study will be needed to make a final selection of the site, he said.
“Study number one is stakeholder agreement. If people don’t agree, we can’t sue him. You cannot build a nuclear power plant without the agreement of the people around it, ”said Mr. Arcilla.
He said nuclear had the potential to meet basic electricity demand, adding that it could “support solar and wind power even more stably than coal.”
In a statement released Friday, Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi said nuclear energy has the potential to help achieve energy security and sustainability.
“It is high time to examine the feasibility of safe use of nuclear energy to meet our energy needs,” he said.
Had the Philippines opted for nuclear power decades ago, their socio-economic landscape might have been “vastly different” and comparable to that of developed countries such as South Korea, which has its own national nuclear energy program. nuclear energy, according to Cusi. – Angelique Y. Yang