Siemens is helping the people of Lebanon rebuild in the wake of the tragic catastrophe of August 4. The company is quickly providing the stricken population with ultrasound systems and a mobile X-ray unit. In addition, Siemens Energy is offering to deliver and operate two gas turbines with a total electrical capacity of about 80 megawatts (MW) free of charge.
In the presence of German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in Beirut, Joe Kaeser, President and CEO of Siemens AG, said: “We want to provide rapid, focused support to help relieve people’s suffering quickly and with no red tape. Medical systems and electric power are vital here, and Siemens can supply both. As a global company, we feel a clear obligation to support the country and its people in this difficult situation.”
Siemens Healthineersis donating ultrasound systems (Acuson NX2 and Juniper model) and a mobile X-ray device (Mobilett Mira). These units are being sent to Beirut for use in local hospitals.
“Our hearts and minds are with the people of Beirut in this particularly difficult situation,” said Bernd Montag, CEO of Siemens Healthineers. “The purpose of our company is to use our innovations in order to help people lead longer and healthier lives. That’s why we’re working quickly to relieve the worst distress at local hospitals.”
To enable the capital to deal with the disaster’s devastating effects, Siemens Energyis offering to provide two mobile SGT-A45 gas turbines that can help secure emergency electric power for the city. These mobile units can be rapidly transported to Beirut and put into operation. Discussions on the logistics process are already in progress. Access to electric power is especially crucial after a catastrophe.
Given the damage to the local infrastructure, vital services like hospitals urgently need reliable electric power, and this fast solution could provide significant support for the city and its population. The total capacity of around 80 MW could provide electricity for about 150,000 people (ten percent of Beirut’s population).Delivery and startup by Siemens would take place in the next six to twelve weeks. The two units are to be provided for one year free of charge. The use of these units will be worth about US$40 million a year.
“The tragedy that struck Beirut early in August has saddened us all. We’ve been fortunate that our colleagues in the city are uninjured and we had damage only to our offices. But many companies and families were not so lucky. We’re in a position to provide fast and uncomplicated assistance to the people of Beirut, and so we feel a responsibility in this situation to help wherever we can. We’re ready to secure a reliable, affordable supply of electricity for the people of Lebanon and help them rebuild their country,” said Siemens Energy CEO Christian Bruch.
Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 170 years. The company is active around the globe, focusing on the areas of intelligent infrastructure for buildings and distributed energy systems, and automation and digitalization in the process and manufacturing industries.
Through the separately managed companies Siemens Energy, the global energy business of Siemens, and Siemens Mobility, a leading supplier of smart mobility solutions for rail and road transport, Siemens is shaping the energy systems of today and tomorrow as well as the world market for passenger and freight services.
Due to its majority stakes in the publicly listed companies Siemens Healthineers AG and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (as part of Siemens Energy), Siemens is also a world-leading supplier of medical technology and digital healthcare services as well as environmentally friendly solutions for onshore and offshore wind power generation.
In fiscal 2019, which ended on September 30, 2019, Siemens generated revenue of €86.8 billion and net income of €5.6 billion. At the end of September 2019, the company had around 385,000 employees worldwide.