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South Africa: US officials speak out over Koeberg tender

The dispute that broke out between Westinghouse Electric Corporation and Eskom following the award to France’s Areva of a R4.2bn ($383m) contract to replace six steam generators at the Koeberg nuclear power plant (AE 285/3, 284/5) has led to strongly worded statements from US officials. US ambassador to South Africa Patrick Gaspard told the Nedbank-NEPAD Business Foundation Networking Forum this month that the US was concerned with a number of legislative and policy developments in South Africa. “We are concerned, for example, when a major foreign investor like Westinghouse brings legal action on a tender that recently happened on the awarding of a contract by Eskom to upgrade the Koeberg nuclear power plant.

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