Siemens: All Set With Nuclear Power
German industrial giant Siemens (NYSE: SI) has decided to follow the lead set by the country’s government, and walk away from nuclear power.
“We will no longer be involved in overall managing of building or financing nuclear plants. This chapter is closed for us,” CEO Peter Loescher told Der Spiegel in an interview published Sunday.
Since the nuclear disaster at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi plant in March, public sentiment in Germany and other parts of the world has turned against nuclear power.
Loescher said Siemens will no longer develop equipment used solely for nuclear power production, though equipment – such as steam turbines – that are used in nuclear, gas and coal plants will remain in the company’s portfolio.
Loescher said Siemens’ decision was “an answer to the clear position of society and politics in Germany on exiting nuclear power.”
As part of the company’s decision, it will back out of a joint nuclear venture with Russia’s Rosatom, though Loescher said Siemens hopes to continue a relationship with Rosatom in other areas.
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