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Russia’s Rosatom committed to transparent bid for SA’s nuclear project

Rosatom says it's still keen to bid for SA's nuclear project, despite court ruling which put the brakes on South Africa's plans.

FILE: The Rosatom logo. Picture: @Rosatom/Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG - Russian state nuclear agency Rosatom says it remains committed to participating in a transparent and competitive bidding process for South Africa's planned nuclear power project.

It’s given the assurance on Wednesday afternoon, following the Western Cape High Court's ruling that government's call for proposals for the procurement of 9.6 gigawatts of nuclear energy was both unlawful and unconstitutional.

Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation says it's still keen to bid for South Africa's nuclear project, despite last week's court ruling which put the brakes on South Africa's plans.

The court ruled that the procurement process was unlawful, meaning all the deals that government pursued with Russia and the United States are invalid.

On Wednesday, Rosatom released a statement indicating that this will not prevent the firm from bidding for the project, saying it's confident in its world-class technology, unmatched safety standards and highly competitive solutions.

Earthlife Africa, which brought the case, says the judgment vindicates its argument that government has failed to consult the public about its decision.

(Edited by Winnie Thelestane)