16 Jul 2009 17:45

Regulator charges Energoatom with violating antimonopoly legislation

MOSCOW. July 16 (Interfax) - The Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) has charged OJSC Energoatom Concern and CJSC GMZ Khimmash with violating antimonopoly legislation, the service said in a statement.

The charges were filed based on complaints by Eneko-Center LLC.

Energoatom and Khimmash in November 2008 signed an agreement on work to prepare and deliver equipment (air conditioners) to the No. 4 power unit at the Beloyarsk Nuclear Power Plant. The agreement with Khimmash was signed following an open tender by Energoatom, in which Eneko-Center took part, but lost after the tender commission discovered violations of the terms of tender documentation.

The FAS believes Energoatom provided Khimmash with property and the companies colluded in an effort to restrict competition.

Energoatom Concern is wholly owned by Atomenergoprom and manages all of Russia's nuclear power plants with more than 23 gigawatts.