GE claims Eskom favoured Chinese firm's bid, with backing of Trillian
General Electric has gone to court to stop the utility implementing a contract with Dongfang
General Electric (GE) has accused Eskom of rigging a tender for building a new boiler at its Duvha power station in Mpumalanga to go to Chinese state-owned company Dongfang even though its bid was R1bn more expensive than that of its rivals.
Documents seen by Business Day show Eskom’s decision to award the contract to Dongfang Electric Corporation came just eight days after politically connected advisory firm Trillian gave its submission the thumbs up in a last-minute risk assessment of bids submitted.
Trillian’s majority shareholder, Salim Essa, is a close associate of the Gupta family, who have a cosy relationship with President Jacob Zuma.
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