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Rosatom participating in preliminary tender phase

Tuesday 24 January 2017 18:49

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Rosatom has sold several nuclear reactors to developing countries.(REUTERS)

The Russian state nuclear agency Rosatom has clarified that it's participating in the preliminary information gathering stage of the tender to build a nuclear power project in South Africa and that this is not yet a tender procedure.

It says there will be a pre-bid application before the tender process.

Rosatom has sold several nuclear reactors to developing countries, including Turkey, under a model in which it finances, builds and operates the nuclear plant as well as sells power to its customer.

Eskom on Tuesday agreed that it has not yet invited bids for the process and confirmed that it has not received a bid from anyone.

The TASS news agency earlier quoted Rosatom's Chief Executive Alexei Likhachev as saying that his company had submitted a bid for the project.

Rosatom had been considered the leading candidate for a tender to build 9.6 gigawatts of nuclear power capacity in South Africa by 2030.
However, South Africa's nuclear state agency NECSA said last year that Russia was no longer the front runner.

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