Russia offers floating nuclear power plant for PHL
SOCHI, Russia — The Russian State Nuclear Energy Corp. (Rosatom) is offering to put up floating nuclear power plants in the Philippines as the country explores the possibility of nuclear power generation.
“Our breakthrough solution here is a floating nuclear power plant (FNPP), which is a mobile low-capacity reactor operable in remote areas isolated from the power grid or in places hard to access by land,” Rosatom vice-president for Southeast Asia Egor Simonov told GMA News Online.
State-owned Rosatom and the Department of Energy signed a memorandum of understanding in November 2017, on cooperation covering the Philippines’ possible foray into nuclear power generation.
Under the agreement, the Philippines and Russia will cooperate in several areas that include nuclear infrastructure studies towards national energy policy development and nuclear energy program implementation in the Philippines.
Doing feasibility studies on constructing small modular nuclear power plants— onshore or offshore—in the Philippines is another area of cooperation beyond analyzing the technical, commercial, financial and legal aspects of nuclear power.
Simonov said a floating nuclear power plant could be of particular interest for archipelagic countries due to its mobility.