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S. Africa court dismisses Westinghouse nuclear generator replacement dispute

Caption: Koeberg nuclear power plant

A South African court dismissed a filing from Westinghouse Electric Co. asking to reopen bidding for a nuclear power generator replacement project.
Westinghouse filed the complaint against Eskom’s decision to pick Areva in August 2014 for a 4 billion rand ($334 million) contract to replace six steam generators at the 1,800-MW Koeberg nuclear power plant in South Africa, according to Reuters. Westinghouse said that same month that the process was flawed and asked for the bidding process to reopen and for documents about the deal from plant operator Eskom. Westinghouse then said in September that it would suspend legal action while awaiting the documents, then refilled court papers shortly after seeing some of the documents. The generators are expected to be replaced by 2018.
A court official said in Reuters that the application was dismissed with costs in favor of Eskom and Areva, and will provide reasons next week.
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