Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent three nuclear scientists in the Philippines to inspect and assess the dormant Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP). The three experts will stay in the country for two months, while additional team of six will arrive on June 16, the Cable News Network reported on Wednesday.
The arrival of three Russian experts is a quick response of the Kremlin to Malacañang’s request last December.
“The government of Russia is serious in helping the Philippines to maximize her power sources. We are committed to provide technical knowledge and expertise in nuclear field given the current circumstances”, Dr. Sergie Lagrov, the head of the group said in a closed door press conference on Thursday.
Western experts said the BNPP will need more than $1 billion to rehabilitate including technical support, but Russia’s offer to assess the plant without pre conditions is seen as good opportunity for the Duterte government to possibly operate the power plant, which has never been used since former President Ferdinand Marcos built the facility more than 30 years ago.
Although it will take a lot of obstacles to rehabilitate the power plant, the government is not losing hope especially with the help of countries with enough knowledge (like Russia), to operate the plant with lesser amount of money.
The group’s job is limited only to inspection of the whole facility and give recommendations to the Philippine government. /Ronald Reseco/Disclaimer: Contributed articles does not reflect the view of Okd2.com. This website cannot guarantee the legitimacy of some of the information contributed to us. You may do additional research if you find some information doubtful. No part of this article maybe reproduced without permission from this website.