Russia and Philippines sign nuclear cooperation pact

15 November 2017

Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom has signed an agreement to cooperate with the Philippines on nuclear power.

Rosatom said the memorandum of understanding covers the development of the national nuclear infrastructure and to support further implementation of the peaceful nuclear programme in the Philippines.

The partners will also explore the possibilities for the construction of land-based or floating nuclear power plants equipped with small modular reactors and the feasibility of rehabilitating the Bataan nuclear power plant, a 650MW, 2-loop Westinghouse pressurised water reactor which was completed in 1984 but never operated.

They also plan to set up joint working groups to exchange technical information, run workshops and carry out training.

The memorandum of understanding was signed by Nikolay Spasskiy, deputy director general for International Relations at Rosatom and the Philippine's Secretary of Energy Alfonso Cusi on 13 November on the sidelines of the 12th East Asia Summit held in Manila. The cooperation will run for an initial period of five years and can be renewed for five more.

It follows an MOU in May 2017, between Rosatom and the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Republic of the Philippines on cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy.


Photo: Rosatom inks MOU with the Phillipines Department of Energy



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