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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has signed an executive order to introduce the use of nuclear power, as authorities prepare for the phasing out of coal-fired power plants. The order, published on 3 March, said: "The national government commits to the introduction of nuclear power energy into the state's energy mix." 

Date: Thursday, 10 March 2022
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President Rodrigo Duterte has signed an executive order that outlines the government's position for the inclusion of nuclear energy in the Philippines' energy mix, taking into account economic, political, social and environmental objectives.

Date: Friday, 04 March 2022
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Rosatom presented a product line of small-capacity nuclear reactors (SMRs) in Dubai on 20 January as part of EXPO 2020.  Attending the event were Rosatom Director General Alexei Likhachev, the head of the World Nuclear Association Sama Bilbao y Leon, and high-ranking representatives of international organisations, foreign governments and partner companies. 

Date: Tuesday, 25 January 2022
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Small reactors can supply reliable power in island countries, says Rosatom The Bataan nuclear power station, north of Manila, has never operated and has been mothballed. Russia’s state nuclear corporation Rosatom and the Philippines Department of Energy have agreed on an action plan to explore the potential of deploying small modular reactors supplied by Russia in the southeast Asian nation.

Rosatom said the action plan involves a pre-feasibility study and follows a memorandum of intent signed between Moscow and Manila in 2019.

“SMR technologies offer an effective solution for the supply of stable, reliable and environmentally friendly power in island countries,” said Evgeny Pakermanov, president of Rusatom Overseas.

The Philippines is an archipelago nation of more than 7,000 islands, many without reliable access to electricity. Nuclear energy is seen by proponents as a potential answer to the Philippines’ twin problems of precarious supply and Southeast Asia’s highest electricity costs.

Date: Saturday, 22 January 2022
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The global nuclear industry and governments must work together to make it easier for those countries wishing to launch nuclear energy programmes in order to decarbonise their energy system, writes Milton Caplan, president of MZConsulting Inc and chair of the World Nuclear Association Economics Working Group.

Date: Thursday, 14 October 2021
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A group of 46 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) from 18 countries has written to Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, calling for the inclusion of nuclear energy in the EU taxonomy for sustainable investments. The exclusion of nuclear, they say, would promote a strategy that is "clearly inadequate" to decarbonise the region's economy.

Date: Thursday, 08 April 2021
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A "solid group" of 10-12 countries building nuclear power plants for the first time will emerge in the next decade, International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi told OECD Nuclear Energy Agency Director General William Magwood in a WebChat on 16 October.

Date: Tuesday, 20 October 2020
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Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte on 1 October ordered energy authorities to study the possible use of the mothballed Bataan nuclear power plant and to consult the concerned communities.

Date: Tuesday, 06 October 2020
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Philippines Energy Ministry said on 29 July that President Rodrigo Duterte had created an inter-agency panel to study the adoption of a national nuclear energy policy. Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi has long advocated the use of nuclear power, despite public concerns over safety. 

Date: Saturday, 01 August 2020
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Southeast Asian country dealing with precarious supply and high electricity costs The mothballed Bataan nuclear power station north of Manila. Courtesy Wikimedia Commons. The Philippines has taken a step towards introducing nuclear power, its energy minister said on Wednesday, after president Rodrigo Duterte created an inter-agency committee to study the adoption of a national nuclear energy policy.

In a July 24 executive order made public on Wednesday, Mr Duterte created a committee to conduct the study, indicating openness to reviving the country’s nuclear energy ambitions.

As power demand soars in what has for years been among the world’s fastest-growing economies, energy minister Alfonso Cusi has been advocating the use of nuclear power.

Nuclear is seen as a potential answer to the Philippines’ twin problems of precarious supply and Southeast Asia’s highest electricity costs.

Date: Thursday, 30 July 2020
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