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Saudi lab teams up with UL to target renewables

LONDON: US-based safety analysis firm UL has joined forces with Saudi Arabia's GCC Lab to boost the region’s renewable energy market.
The joint venture will pool resources and update certification requirements as the firms expand further into the green energy sector.
The venture will focus on services related to renewables — such as pre-commissioning tests, construction monitoring services and product testing of solar PV modules, including accessories that comply with benchmark standards.
Historically, private company UL — which has operations around the world — has drafted safety standards for electrical devices and components.
UL’s regional base operates out of offices in Dubai and its new state-of-the-art lab facility in Abu Dhabi. The joint venture will operate as a UL and GCC Lab Company and will be based in Dammam, to cater to customers throughout the Middle East, including Egypt.
A joint announcement said the partnership would capitalize on UL’s reputation as the leading safety science company in the region and on the GCC’s strength and mandate as part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 to diversify its economy.
Hamid Syed, vice president and GM, UL Middle East, said: “We are delighted to be able to be part of aggressive renewable targets by offering a complete range of services via the new joint venture company and excited about developing new relationships through the extended client base.”

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