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U.S. Pledges to Help Philippines Develop Nuclear Power

November 17, 2023

The U.S. will help develop a nuclear power industry in the Philippines after both countries signed an agreement Nov. 17 during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in San Francisco, California.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, speaking Friday during the meeting, said, “The United States will be able to share equipment and material with the Philippines as they work to develop small modular reactors and other civilian nuclear energy infrastructure.”

The Philippines is looking at nuclear power to help support the country’s energy independence, and to help meet decarbonization goals. Filipino officials have said they want to deploy nuclear power as a source of baseload electricity to replace generation from retiring coal-fired power plants.

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