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Court hears Eskom tender application

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The High Court in Johannesburg will on Friday hear an urgent application by Westinghouse Electric SA to get documents related to Eskom awarding a R4 billion tender.

Westinghouse initially wanted a preliminary order to prevent Eskom from finalising the contract with French company Areva NP Proprietary to replace steam generators at the Koeberg nuclear power plant, and access to documents on the decision.

However, Westinghouse said on Thursday it would only focus on the application to obtain the documentation.

Last month, Eskom’s board of directors announced it had awarded the contract to Areva.

In a report on Wednesday, Westinghouse Electric SA managing director Frederik Wolvaardt said his company was the winner of the R4.2bn tender until Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown was told about the tender committee’s decision.

Four different sources told Westinghouse officials the company won the bid before Brown made the announcement on August 16.

“Westinghouse handed in a better tender in all aspects, out of a commercial and technical point, at a lower price as well,” Wolvaardt was quoted as saying in Beeld.

In court papers, he said Brown was misled by acting Eskom CEO Collin Matjila and chairwoman of Eskom’s tender committee Neo Lesela on August 15 when they briefed her on the board’s decision. SAPA

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