GE’s Immelt to meet with Tepco officials in Japan

* GE designed reactors involved in Japan nuclear crisis

* Follows Japan visit of Areva CEO

BOSTON, April 1 (Reuters) – General Electric Co (GE.N: Quote, Profile, Research)
Chief Executive Jeff Immelt is headed to Japan to meet with
officials including executives at Tokyo Electric Power Co
(9501.T: Quote, Profile, Research), which operates the Fukushima power plant that is the
site of the world’s worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl.

“He is going to Japan to meet with customers, partners and
employees. He does have a meeting with Tepco,” company
spokeswoman Deirdre Latour said on Friday.

Engineers at GE, which designed the reactors used in the
Fukushima plant, have been advising on response to the nuclear
crisis, but not directly, instead working through Hitachi Ltd
(6501.T: Quote, Profile, Research), GE’s joint venture partner in the nuclear business,
GE spokesmen have said.

The chief executive of French reactor maker Areva
(CEPFi.PA: Quote, Profile, Research), Anne Lauvergeon, has already appeared in Japan,
saying on Thursday that she wanted to send staff to help handle
the crisis.

The head of the largest U.S. conglomerate has also come
under fire at home this week, after the New York Times reported
that GE paid no U.S. federal income taxes in 2010, a claim the
company has disputed. Immelt, who serves on a White House panel
on job creation, on Thursday defended GE’s position on taxes in
a speech in Washington.
(Reporting by Scott Malone; Editing by Gary Hill)

GE’s Immelt to meet with Tepco officials in Japan