Karl Jaanimägi, CEO of Alstom Estonia, says that anonymous claims that Alstom used unfair means to secure a large contract from Eesti Energia to build the Auvere power plant are nonsense, writes Äripäev.
“I cannot agree with that. There was competition, there were three bidders and Alstom won,” he said in an interview to Äripäev. In the last decades, Alstom has won more than EUR 800m in contracts from Eesti Energia.
Jaanimägi who has been at the head of Alstom Estonia for 13 years says the Estonian energy market is totally transparent, especially that concerns Eesti Energia. “As long as I am in this job, I will make sure that nothing illegal will happen. As chairman of the management board, I am responsible with my personal assets.
The contracts that I have sigend are absolutely clean and so are out partners. Eesti Energia and Minister of Economic Affairs have nothing to be ashamed of,” he said.
Jaanimägi admitted that Alstom was also interested in the tender that Eesti Energia plans to announce for building a power plant in Jordan.
“There are not many suppliers that have the equipment and experience, perhaps only Alstom and Foster Wheeler. I understand that Jordan will have more bidders from Korea and China. Why not! They could also come to bid in Estonia,”
Jaanimägi, adding that Alstom employs 90,000 people worldwide and has EUR 20 billion in annual revenue. Jaanimägi said that he is naturally embarrassed to read from the media about the bribery in Latvian state power company Latvenergo that was mediated by a former Altom employee Andrejs Livanovics.
Alstom Estonia ended last year with a profit of EUR 7.1m at annual revenues of 44.7m euros.