Call for Philippines plant checks

5 July 2008

An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team has told the Philippines government it must screen a mothballed power plant with senior experts before considering operating it.

The Bataan PWR was completed in 1984, but never went online. IAEA nuclear power division director Akira Omoto said: “The government has to assess what the new licensing requirements should be, how to modernise the two-decades old technology…and how to confirm that…the plant will function properly and safely.”

Bataan must be “thoroughly evaluated by technical inspections and economic evaluations” staged by “nuclear power experts with experience in preservation management,” added an IAEA note.

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