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London -  South Africa's massive nuclear tender is open to all bidders prepared to manufacture locally and share technology, and Russia is not the frontrunner, said CEO of South African nuclear state agency Necsa.

After meetings between Russian President Vladimir Putin and South African President Jacob Zuma, Rosatom had been considered the leading candidate to build 9.6 gigawatts of nuclear power capacity in South Africa by 2030.

"Russia is not the frontrunner. It never was," Phumzile Tshelane, CEO of South African nuclear state agency Necsa, told Reuters in an interview on the sidelines of the World Nuclear Association conference.

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