In the past, Siemens and Areva had a good cooperation including since 2001 the one in the joint venture Areva NP as well. However, the role as a minority shareholder considerably limits the entrepreneurial maneuverability of Siemens within the joint venture. For that reason, the Supervisory Board of Siemens AG followed a corresponding decision of the Managing Board to terminate the Shareholders Agreement for the joint venture at the earliest date possible. According to the put agreement, the majority shareholder Areva, which owns a 66 percent stake, will acquire the 34 percent of shares Siemens has within a period of three years. Siemens will fulfill its contractual obligations under the terms of the Shareholders Agreement for the Areva NP joint venture.
Siemens supplies the conventional island for nuclear power plants for Areva NP and joint customers. In addition, Siemens also wants to continue the good cooperation with Areva with operational instrumentation and control systems. Siemens will continue to offer those products to the nuclear power plant market. Siemens will further evaluate all available options to continue its commitment in nuclear power plant business.
Peter Löscher, President and CEO of Siemens said: “We want to play an active role in shaping developments – and this also applies to the nuclear energy market. That’s why we’ve taken the initiative. In view of global climate change and the increasing power demand worldwide, for us nuclear energy remains an essential part of a sustainable energy mix.” Nuclear energy, which is practically CO2-free, will gain in importance above all with a view to climate protection. According to general forecast by 2030 there will be approximately 400 new nuclear power plants around the globe, representing a total investment of approximately EUR1,000 billion. Siemens AG, with its new Energy Sector setup, is strategically positioned as the only fully integrated provider along the energy conversion chain, from exploration to distribution. The company focuses on energy efficiency and the entire energy mix including fossil fuels like coal and natural gas as well as nuclear energy and renewables.
Independent of the entrepreneurial decision mentioned above, Siemens in France today holds leading positions in its Industry, Energy and Healthcare Sectors based on its presence there for more than 150 years. Through its workforce of 8,300 employees, seven production sites, partnerships with universities and higher education institutions, Siemens France plays an active part in economic development in France and abroad. Siemens France has centers of expertise working for the company throughout the world in high-tech sectors such as automatic transport systems, metallurgy and energy distribution. In fiscal 2008 (September 30), Siemens France sales amounted to nearly EUR2.2 billion, and new orders totaled approximately EUR2.8 billion.