Studies conducted by experts from the Department of Science and Technology have shown that the mothballed 620-megawatt Bataan Nuclear Power Plant does not sit on a fault line and is located in a most ideal location.
“Focusing on locational hazards, this (Bataan) is one of the most suitable locations (for BNPP),” DoST Undersecretary Renato Solidum Jr. said after “probabilistic studies” and risk assessment were made on the site several years ago using a software designed by the agency.
The BNPP was completed in the mid 1980s but never operated on concerns of safety risks amid claims it sat on a fault line.
The Philippines was plunged into a power crisis lasting for several hours every day in the early 1990s following the decision of the government to mothball BNPP.
Solidum said BNPP was located near Mt. Natib in Morong, Bataan which the agency deems as “not an active volcano” and has very little risk of eruption.