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    Phl plans to convert nuclear power plant

    THE Philippine government will look into proposals to convert the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP) into a natural gas-powered facility to ease the country's growing demand for energy, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said Tuesday.
    "It’s good studying a proposal if it’s possible and worthy,” Coloma said when asked if the government is willing to consider a proposal in Congress to convert the mothballed nuclear plant into a gas-fired plant.
    The suggestion to convert the BNPP has been raised before, he said, adding that there is a need to reassess a previous study to know if the proposal is viable for the government and interested investors.
    Proponents of the conversion of the BNPP have said that operating the plant would be easy because the country has natural gas in Palawan.
    Instead of spending P26 million annually on the plant’s maintenance, the government could convert it to produce 1,800 megawatts of power, they said.
    “This was suggested by some private investors, and because of so many reasons it’s timely to study that proposal again,” Coloma said.
    A South Korean firm has also reportedly shown interest in converting the BNPP into a coal-powered plant.

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