French state-owned utility EDF is the subject of a lawsuit from Alstom and German partner MAN SE over being excluded from a tender to provide back-up diesel engines for the utility’s nuclear plants.

Les Echos reports that the challenge was mounted last week over a tender that is worth around $1.4bn in total.

Post-Fukushima, EDF had been requested by ASN, the French regulator to install 58 large diesel engines in its nuclear fleet by the end of 2018.
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The engines are required to supply backup power to cool reactor cores.

“We confirm our appeal against the EDF decision. Our goal is to verify that the procedure has been respected and that the evaluation criteria have been followed in line with the guidance in the tender offer,” an Alstom spokesman said on Wednesday.

Reuters reports that EDF is holding talks with Clemessy, a unit of French construction and concessions company Eiffage, together with Belgian diesel engine manufacturer Anglo Belgium Corporation; and Westinghouse, a unit of Japanese conglomerate Toshiba, together with U.S. diesel engine maker Fairbanks, to potentially supply the service.

A ruling is expected on the legal appeal on January 23rd next.

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