Power parastatal Eskom has signed a contract that will see the replacement of steam generators at the Koeberg nuclear power plant, it confirmed.
“Eskom is pleased to announce that the contract between it and Areva NP was signed on Friday,” said Eskom on Saturday.
The signing of the contract comes as Westinghouse Electric, a manufacturing company, withdrew its high court application to interdict Eskom. Westinghouse had filed an urgent application to the court in order to see documentation relating to Eskom’s awarding of the R4bn tender.
The High Court in Johannesburg on Friday confirmed as an order of court that Westinghouse’s application to interdict Eskom from concluding its contract with winning bidder Areva had been withdrawn. Last week, Eskom said there was no court order providing Westinghouse the right to an urgent review. It said the court order was limited to granting Westinghouse access to documentation leading up to and forming the basis of Eskom’s decision in the procurement of the steam generators.
The power utility has five working days to hand over the documents. “Eskom will comply with this,” it said. Eskom is planning for the installation of the steam generators in 2018.
“The 2018 installation plan is also aligned to Eskom’s maintenance activities planned for the Koeberg nuclear power station. “This timeline also ensures that all Koeberg safety issues are addressed to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements,” it said on Saturday.