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Eskom welcomes ConCourt ruling on Koeberg contract

Westinghouse argued that the R4.3 billion project was awarded irregularly and took the matter to the High Court and then the SCA last year.

FILE: Eskom's Koeberg nuclear power station. Picture: Eskom.

JOHANNESBURG – Eskom has welcomed the decision by the Constitutional Court to dismiss an application by Westinghouse to review the award of a multi-billion-rand tender.

In 2014 French company Areva was awarded a contract by the power utility to supply six replacement steam generators at the Koeberg nuclear power station.

Westinghouse argued that the R4.3 billion project was awarded irregularly and took the matter to the High Court and then the Supreme Court of Appeal last year, which ruled that the contract should be set aside.

Energy expert Chris Yelland says Eskom pursued the matter and they were successful in court on Wednesday.

“Areva still has the contract. Westinghouse’s claim to try and to have it set aside or have it rewarded in its favour has been rejected by the Constitutional Court. I don’t think that there’s much room for taking this matter further. [It's] certainly a victory for Eskom and Areva, it means they can continue with this project.”

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)