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New JV set up to strengthen MidEast renewable energy capabilities

Global safety science organisation UL announces joint venture with Saudi-based GCC Lab

New JV set up to strengthen MidEast renewable energy capabilities

Global safety science organisation, UL, has announced a joint venture with Saudi-based GCC Lab aimed at strengthening the Middle East’s renewable energy infrastructure.

UL, whose regional base operates out of offices in Dubai and its new lab facility in Abu Dhabim said the joint venture will be based in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, to cater to customers in parts of the Middle East, including Egypt.

The company said in a statement that the joint venture will support the region’s renewable energy market by offering services such as pre-commissioning tests, construction monitoring services and product testing of solar PV modules.

The GCC Lab is a closed joint stock company that was formed by a select group of prime governmental and commercial entities in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region. Its mandate is to provide testing, inspection, and certification services for electrical equipment.

Hamid Syed, vice president and general manager, UL Middle East, said: “This agreement represents each organisation’s strong commitment to providing customers with all services related to renewables to meet the varied climate of the region.

"We are delighted to support its aggressive renewable targets by offering a complete range of services via the new joint venture company and we are excited about developing new relationships through the extended client base.”

Saleh Amri, CEO of GCC Lab added: “This partnership combines UL’s safety science knowledge, expertise and global resources with the GCC Lab’s knowledge of local market needs and goals - laying the groundwork for improvements and updated certifications in the region’s renewable energy market."

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