In a recent climate change summit in Balanga, Bataan, Gov. Jose Enrique S. Garcia III explained the local government’s stand about the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP) remains — that is to turn it into a data center.
If comes to fruition, it would be the biggest data center in the country. The government explained that the BNPP site is “secured and safe”, plus, it has a water cooling provision, which is one of the main requirements of data centers.
The governor said that they felt like the national government prefers to use small molecular reactors, anyway, just like what the United States and European countries are using.
He also likened the BNPP to a car by saying that most people would prefer a newer model to the old one, insinuating that the BNPP is outdated compared to the “latest trends in nuclear energy.”
Still, the governor said that the province is welcoming recommendations from the special committee of the House of Representatives, who are studying the possibility of reviving the now 40-year-old power plant in Morong, Bataan.
Until today, it’s not clear what will happen to the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant site. A lot of officials are pushing to continue its intended use as it could be a clean and cheap power source. However, many are still against it due to the possible disaster it may cause.