SAN Jose City, Nueva Ecija -- “Let’s abandon the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP) and build a brand-new nuclear plant facility in Nueva Ecija or in some other places.”
Thus said a Novo Ecijano energy expert, who offered this win-win solution on the controversial proposal to utilize the long-mothballed BNPP for power generation.
Edgardo A. Alfonso, chief operating officer of the Lucio Co-controlled San Jose City I Power Corporation (SJCIPC) here, said given the controversies surrounding the BNPP, the national government may just consider to permanently close the facility but open a nuclear plant in other places where it is less risky to operate.
“If you ask me, we can still go nuclear but never mind the BNPP. Forget it. It’s ill-advised. Instead, let’s look for a place somewhere, like in Nueva Ecija,” he said.
Alfonso, also the incumbent president of the San Jose City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said one of the viable areas to put up a nuclear plant is in this city where a number of power plants are already in operation, including the SJCIPC, a 12-megawatt biomass power plant which generates electricity using “ipa” (rice husks).
Alfonso said nuclear energy is an expensive investment but is cheap to operate. However, there are “too many issues” surrounding the $2.3-billion BNPP to merit a second look. he added.
American geologist Kevin Rodolfo has warned that an active earthquake fault in Pampanga runs through the Natib volcano where the BNPP sits.