Russia's Rosatom submits bid for nuclear project in SA: report

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Logo of Rosatom Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation, seen at the Innovations Forum 2014 at Technopolis Moscow exhibition center, Moscow, Russia, 14 October 2014.

MOSCOW - Russian state nuclear agency Rosatom has submitted a bid for a nuclear power project in South Africa, TASS news agency cited the company's General Director Alexei Likhachev as saying on Tuesday.

Rosatom had been considered the leading candidate for a tender to build 9.6 gigawatts of nuclear power capacity in South Africa by 2030, but the country’s nuclear state agency, the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) said last year it was no longer "the frontrunner".

On Tuesday Eskom rejected reports that Rosatom had submitted a bid to build a nuclear power project in South Africa, citing that it had not received a bid from anyone because an invitation for bidding process has not yet been opened.