Westinghouse Seeks Eskom Charge Over Contempt of Court

Westinghouse Electric Corp. asked a South African court to charge the national power utility with contempt for allegedly failing to hand over documents related to a decision to award a contract to Areva SA.

The High Court in Johannesburg ordered Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. on Sept. 5 to show Westinghouse, a U.S. nuclear builder owned by Toshiba Corp., documents on the decision to give a 4.3 billion-rand ($384 million) tender to replace generators at the Koeberg nuclear plant within five working days.

“This application for contempt of court follows several unsuccessful attempts by Westinghouse legal representatives to obtain important files relating to the tender selection,” the U.S. company said in an e-mailed statement.

Eskom confirmed it was served with papers, saying it would oppose the application, in an e-mailed reply to questions.

Areva built the 1,800-megawatt Koeberg nuclear plant near Cape Town for Eskom. The company supplies 95 percent of the power needs of Africa’s second-biggest economy.

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