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A task force examining the potential use of nuclear energy

According to the Department of Energy (DOE), an interagency task force is now examining whether nuclear energy is a viable alternative to meet the nation’s energy needs.

During a media session in Quezon City, DOE Undersecretary Alessandro Sales stated that the Nuclear Energy Program Inter-Agency Committee (NEP-IAC) is carefully examining the plan to use nuclear energy because it carries hazards.

“We are studying it, and hopefully, we will go back to the situation where we are charting our course, depending on the situation,” he continued. “This could become part of the energy needs of the Philippines in the future.”

Sales stated that although nuclear energy is “one of the technologies that can react fast to the variability of renewable energy,” the nation has not yet developed a legal framework for its use as a substitute power source.

According to Sales, the Philippines is still open to employing nuclear energy to solve its power problems.

It goes without saying that this is mayroong ginagawang maraming pag-aaral tungkol. Open the nuclear option for the situation (many studies are being done… We’re open to using nuclear power. In other words, there are numerous varieties of nuclear technologies [available],” he continued.

Next week, the NEP-IAC Steering Committee is scheduled to convene.

President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. stated at the beginning of this month that the administration is considering using “cutting-edge” micro-nuclear fuel technology to meet the growing demands of the Filipino people and prevent a potential power crisis.

In Washington, D.C., on May 2, Marcos met with the US-based Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation (USNC), a vertical integrator of nuclear technologies and services.

USNC stated its intention to supply safe and dependable nuclear energy to the Philippines and establish the nation as Southeast Asia’s nuclear hub at the meeting with Marcos.

According to representatives of the USNC, the micro modular reactor energy system is a fourth-generation nuclear energy system that aims to provide customers with safe, affordable electricity.

In addition to the USNC, NuScale Power Corporation, based in Oregon and known for creating a safe modular and scalable small nuclear power plant, expressed interest in investing USD6.5 billion to USD7.5 billion (PHP415.5 billion) to give the Philippines access to 462 megawatts by the early 2030s.

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