A confidential document reveals that South African nuclear programme kicks of in June when Eskom issues a formal request for proposal’s from companies bidding for estimated R1 trillion contract, the city press newspaper reported on Sunday.
The nuclear deals for which Russian company Rosatom was widely considered to be the front runner-was , according to senior national treasure official “directly related” to president jocob Zuma axing of finance minister privan gordhan and his deputy mcebisi Jonas, the newspaper reported.
“It is well known that gordhan was against the project as he said the country couldn’t afford it. Eskom will be issuing a request for proposals in June and that really is the beginning of procurement. Privan gordhan had to go because he was going to block it again”.
The internal eskom document dated three days before gordhan and jonas axed revealed a tight timeline for the programme that would see four plants built to provide 9600 megawatts of electricity to the country.
After the request for proposals was issued in June, the deadline for bids was September, for evaluation in December. The winning bidder would be decided in March 2018 and the contract signed between December next year and March 2019.
The documents also revealed that most of the major nuclear contracts would be implemented through” turnkey ” procurement, which officials were concerned about
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