IN POWER-HUNGRY PHILIPPINES, SOME ADVOCATE A NUCLEAR REVIVAL
As electricity demand soars in one of the world’s fastest-growing economies, the Philippines’ energy ministry is looking seriously again at nuclear power and urging President Rodrigo Duterte to fast-track its revival. In Morong, Bataan, surrounded by the crashing waves of the West Philippine Sea and the ghostly outline of Mount Mariveles, the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant slumbers. It has done so since its completion in 1984, dreaming of what it could have been, the catalyst meant to launch the Philippines into the nuclear age and economic prosperity. The Philippines, with a population of more than 100 million people spread over 7,000 islands, aims to double its power generation capacity by 2030 to prevent major power failures experienced during the energy crisis in the 1990s.