KEMA Laboratories changing ownership

DNV GL signed an agreement to transfer the ownership of KEMA Laboratories to CESI. The transfer comprises KEMA and all the high-voltage and high-power testing and inspection activities performed by its personnel in its own laboratories in Arnhem, Prague and Chalfont, Pennsylvania.

The completion of the transaction is expected to take place at the end of 2019, subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals.

The KEMA testing and inspections facilities include a high-power laboratory, with the highest short circuit power of 10,000 MVA, and a laboratory capable of testing ultra-high voltage components for super grids, as well as the Flex Power Grid Laboratory, for advanced testing of smart grids components.

All former KEMA advisory employees will remain within DNV GL including all the advisory services as well as DNV GL’s testing and verification services for power failures, battery testing, transformer oil testing and smart grid testing.

Once finalized, the transfer will generate benefits for both CESI and DNV GL, the companies said in a joint press release. CESI, by combining the extensive expertise and capabilities of its laboratories with those of KEMA, will become the world leader for independent testing of advanced technological components for the energy industry. When the transaction is completed, DNV GL will have a more focused global energy organization of 2,000 power and renewable experts, which can be scaled much faster in the years to come in order to meet the rapid changing future market and technology demands, as the electrification and decarbonizing in the world continues.

“CESI will own the world’s most advanced testing laboratories in the Netherlands, Italy, Germany, Czech Republic and the United States, offering top-class testing and inspections services to major world-wide utilities and global manufacturers of HV/MV/LV components for the power industry”, says CEO of CESI, Matteo Codazzi. “The energy sector is undergoing a deep transformation, with client needs continuously evolving. Through the combination of CESI and KEMA respective laboratories, and the mutual expertise of our talented professionals, we are creating the global market leader in independent testing and inspections for the energy industry. Together, CESI and KEMA will be uniquely positioned to provide our world-wide customers with outstanding services to effectively address the challenges of the energy transition.”

“Following a thorough review of our strategy for our laboratories in 2018 we are glad we have found a very good new owner for the KEMA Laboratories. In DNV GL’s energy business we will continue to focus and expand our business in advanced, often digital, advisory, testing and certification services that help our customers handle the exponential growth of wind, solar and storage and their integration into the power grids,” said Ditlev Engel, CEO of DNV GL – Energy. “In line with this strategy, we acquired top-notch companies in recent years with expertise in digital platforms, solar PV and grids, and invested in promising innovations like Instatrust, a digital market place for renewable power purchase agreements and Smart Cable Guard, a digital fault detection service for reliable grids. We will continue on this path to grow and extend our trusted advisory and certification services.”

Lead image photo credit: Daniel Allen Andrews (CC BY 4.0)

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