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Philippines to look into modular nuclear power plants —Amb. Romualdez

The Philippines will look into the possible use of modular nuclear power plants, claimed to be the future of clean energy, Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Manuel Romualdez said Monday. 

In an interview on ANC, Romualdez said the US has offered the power plants and that it is being developed “rapidly.”

“So we are seriously going to look into it. I think President Marcos is quite excited about it. As a matter of fact, I think NuScale which is a company developing this technology is now having a partnership with the local energy company here in the Philippines,” he said.

“Hopefully, President Marcos will be able to meet with the NuScale if and when he goes to the United States to do this further,” he added.

Meanwhile, Romualdez said that power plants are not a revival of the Bataan Nuclear Power plant.

“No, not at all. Not at all. The modular nuclear power plants are very small in nature and they say that it’s even easier to install,” he said.

The ambassador later added that the modular power plants were “much safer.”

“It’s much safer by the way. It’s very much safer. I’m told by those developing it that it really is quite the way of the future as far as clean energy is concerned,” he said.

For his part, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has previously expressed his desire to adopt nuclear energy as part of the country’s power mix and the need to build new power plants—KG, GMA News