UL and GCC Lab to establish new JV in Middle East


Global certification service provider UL has agreed to create a new joint venture (JV) with Saudi Arabia-based start-up GCC Electrical Testing Laboratory (GCC Lab) to improve renewable energy infrastructure in the Middle East.

To be known as UL and GCC Lab Company, the JV will be based in Dammam, Saudi Arabia. It will use the resources, knowledge, and experience of both UL and GCC Lab to promote the region’s renewable energy sector.

The JV will also provide various industry-related services including pre-commissioning tests, construction monitoring services, and product testing of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules that comply with regulations such as International Electrotechnical Comission (IEC) standards.

"The JV will also provide various industry-related services including pre-commissioning tests, construction monitoring services, and product testing of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules."

UL Middle East vice-president and general manager Hamid Syed 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.”

In the Middle East, UL has offices in Dubai and a laboratory facility in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

GCC Lab CEO Saleh Amri said: “It is a significant step in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 and GCC countries vision and will contribute significantly towards localising manufacturing and services; fostering a knowledge-based economy, energy sustainability, and competitiveness; supporting research; enhancing energy efficiency; and promoting alternative energy applications suitable for the climatic conditions in the GCC countries.”

The company provides electrical equipment testing requirements for renewables and other sectors in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and neighbouring countries.