The new contract, which could be put out to tender later this year, will be worth up to R1-trillion, the biggest in South African history.Areva's rival, the United States company Westinghouse, hinted this week that it, too, was reviewing its strategic alliances by initiating "a consultation process with staff to possibly restructure its operations …Areva told the it had "no intent to reopen debates on that issue that drew intense media attraction at the beginning of 2012.
in anticipation of nuclear new-build in the near future".
Areva's attempts to cosy up to a politically connected elite to win the 2008 nuclear tender were ultimately unsuccessful, but it shows how much bidders are prepared to invest to make these connections.
Lungan and Roach did not respond to requests for comment.
Dattels, through his lawyers, denied "all impropriety alleged … regarding Ura Min's dealings" and said the 's questions were "replete with inaccuracies".
The first stage of the process, between 20, was the speculative acquisition of uranium deposits in these countries by start-up mining company Ura Min, which cut in people close to political decision-makers.
In stage two, between 20, Areva bought Ura Min and consolidated its nuclear bid consortium allegedly partly in the belief that by gratifying people close to political decision-makers in South Africa it would encourage favourable consideration of its nuclear bid.In 2004 he was introduced to a company, Beranjou, that wanted to finance Mago's uranium prospects.Beranjou, which later became Ura Min, was an opaque British Virgin Islands-registered company represented by Australian geologist Adrian Lungan and South African businessperson George Roach.Jonah's appointment would turn out to be an inspired move.The consultant said Jonah and Mbeki were "big mates" and that, "if it wasn't for Jonah, this entire [Ura Min] deal would never have happened".But when the ANC sacked Mbeki in September 2008, Eskom withdrew the Nuclear 1 tender.