Mothballed nuclear power plant is re-imagined as a beach resort
A nuclear power plant that was built in the Philippines but was never fueled up nor run is now a key attraction at a beach resort getaway.
The Bataan Nuclear Power Plant, the only nuclear plant built in Philippines, is situated 100 km west of Manila.
Built in the '70s, the nuclear power plant was never completed due to public opposition. Faced with an idle piece of property and seeking ways to generate revenue from the facility, the Philippine's National Power Corporation, which manages the facility, decided to use the plant and beach it is situated on as a tourist destination.
As well as going for a tour of the plant itself—which features some very old technology—tourists can visit the WestNuk Beach Cove. There is a clubhouse, along with billiards, darts, table tennis, a basketball court and karaoke.
National Geographic ran an image gallery of the resort.
Deposed President Ferdinand Marcos ordered the plant be built in 1973 after the oil crisis left the country scrambling for alternative electricity sources.
Construction stopped in 1976 after the Three Mile Island incident created second thoughts. Significant safety defects and geological problems cropped up and caused the whole facility to be scuttled.
Construction cost was US$2.3 billion, a debt the Philippines finished paying off April 2007. The site still requires a hefty maintenance bill of about $1 million annually.
The Bataan Nuclear Power Plant was turned into a beach resort in May 2011.
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