Siemens is willing to provide help to Lebanon following a massive blast from the country’s capital from last week.
The largest industrial company in Germany has pledged on Wednesday that they will be sending out assistance efforts to the beleaguered Beirut. The city saw a huge explosion on Tuesday of the previous week, with a death toll of over 200 people as of August 10. It also injured thousands of people across the city, overwhelming the hospitals as Lebanon also battles with the health crisis.
The chief executive of Siemens, Joe Kaeser, announced the assistance while visiting Beirut along with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, per CNN. The CEO said” We want to provide rapid, focused support to help relieve people’s suffering quickly and with no red tape.”
Siemens Energy CEO Christian Bruch echoed the same thought: “We’re in a position to provide fast and uncomplicated assistance to the people of Beirut.”
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Siemens has also pledged ultrasound systems and X-ray devices through its healthcare technology arm. The Acuson NX2 and Juniper and Mobilett Mira can be used to equip local clinics.
Siemens Healthineers head Bernd Montag said: “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.”
Bruch also noted that Siemens is “ready to secure a reliable, affordable supply of electricity for the people of Lebanon and help them rebuild their country.”
The 172-year old manufacturer also intends to power at least 10 percent of the capital’s population, or some 150,000 people in the blasted city by donating generators. Per a statement from the company, it was said that Siemens is in collaboration with country officials regarding the next steps in supporting the affected citizens “swiftly and efficiently.”
The German firm is willing to provide two A45-Gt gas turbines. The generator is capable of up to 80 megawatts of power. The operation will not charge for a one-year operation, which would save the country $40 million. This could be delivered to Beirut and be operational in about six to 12 weeks.
“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,” Kaeser added.