Brazil’s federal audit court has barred four local engineering firms from bidding for public works contracts for the next five years due to alleged corruption.
The TCU, as the court is known, said the decision was based on “evidence of fraud” in the tender process for the Angra 3 nuclear power plant
The banned companies are Queiroz Galvão, Techint Engenharia, UTC Engenharia and Empresa Brasileira de Engenharia, according to the government’s Agência Brasil news service.
Odebrecht, Camargo Corrêa, Andrade Gutierrez – also involved in the Angra 3 construction consortium – avoided punishment because they agreed to a plea bargain with investigators in the sprawling Lava Jato corruption case, Agência Brasil said.
Construction work on Angra 3 was halted in 2015 after contractors said they had not been paid.
Earlier this week the government said it was planning a new tender for the 1.4GW project in Rio de Janeiro state, which belongs to the nuclear unit of state-run utility group Eletrobras.
According to energy undersecretary Paulo Pedrosa, work on the plant is around 60% complete.
Originally slated to begin operating last year at a cost of 10bn reais (around US$3bn), Angra 3 is now estimated to require 19.6bn reais and is not expected to come online until at least 2023.