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Eskom welcomes ConCourt ruling in Areva contract

Nuclear giant Westinghouse had contested Eskom’s decision to award the contract to Areva saying the process was flawed.

Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom says a Constitutional Court ruling in its favour that a generator contract for Koeberg was valid proves it follows robust governance processes.

In 2014, Eskom awarded France’s Areva a contract to supply six replacement steam generators at the Koeberg nuclear power station.

Nuclear giant Westinghouse had contested Eskom’s decision saying that the process was flawed. They won at the high court and on appeal, but the Constitutional Court sided with Eskom.

Energy expert Chris Yelland says the court found that Westinghouse had no standing to bring this application.

“If anyone was going to bring such an application to the court, it should have been Westinghouse USA. It was overturned on a technical nature known as locus standi, which means the applicant has the necessary to bring the application to the court. The judges made it clear that they had not considered the merits of the case, they had only considered the question of locus standi.”

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)

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