MANILA, July 20 (Xinhua) -- The Philippine government is " seriously" considering the construction of a nuclear power plant in the country to address the looming power crisis, Energy Secretary Jose Rene Almendras said on Tuesday.
The official said his office "almost" finished in studying the proposal for the country to utilize a nuclear power plant.
"We have to seriously, very seriously consider that (use of nuclear power) for the very long term," Almendras told reporters in Malacanang, Philippines' presidential palace.
Since the construction of a nuclear power plant will take years, Almendras said, the administration of President Benigno Aquino III could at least start it.
He added that this could be done "if the people will agree to it and if there's a location for it."
Aquino said earlier that he had ordered the energy chief to study the possible construction of a nuclear power plant in the Philippines.
But reviving the mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant, which was erected during the time of then-President Ferdinand Marcos, could not be considered because it would be very costly, Aquino said.