PRESIDENT Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III is not inclined of rehabilitating the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP), saying it would be costly and pose more danger than help.

Aquino said he has a lot of apprehensions about moves to rehabilitate the Bataan plant, though he is not opposed to the general idea of a nuclear power plant.

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He acknowledged that a nuclear power plant may help address the power problems in Mindanao.

He said testing the BNPP and determining its possible damage effects have already cost the country.

But he pointed out that he is waiting for the report and recommendations of Energy Secretary Jose Rene Almendras about nuclear power plants.

He said this would include his recommendations on the offer of the Koreans to assist in the construction of nuclear power plants.

The President was referring to earlier interests of the Philippines in acquiring two standardized nuclear power plants that is being built by Korea Peninsula Energy Development Organization (KEDO).

The reactors are owned by Korea Electric Power Corp. (Kepco), the prime contractor of KEDO, would help the Philippines realized its plans to improve its electrical generation capability by 3,000 megawatts by 2012. (JMR/Sunnex)