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Cape Town - 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.

Reuters reported that Rosatom had been considered the leading candidate for a tender to build 9.6 GW of nuclear power capacity in South Africa by 2030, but South African nuclear state agency Necsa said last year it was no longer "the frontrunner".

Necsa CEO Phumzile Tshelane told Reuters in an interview on the sidelines of the World Nuclear Association conference in September last year that South Africa wants to deepen its nuclear know-how, save costs and create jobs by making sure it picks a company which is happy to share the manufacturing and maintenance.

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