Gulf Electrical Power Laboratories (CESI | GEPL) has commenced operations as a separate entity that provides localised and technical services from Saudi to the wider GCC region.
This will be followed by construction of a long-awaited electrical testing laboratory, poised to be the first in the region and largest in area.
The announcement was made at an official ceremony held at the Saudi Arabia Smart Grid in the presence of Dr Khalid bin Saleh bin Abdullah Al-Sultan, chairman of King Abdullah City for atomic and renewable energy.
CESI | GEPL, a joint venture between global technical consulting and engineering company CESI and GCC Electrical Testing Laboratory (GCC Lab), was conceived as a call to stricter specifications of power components compliant to the highest international standards.
The testing platform will provide engineering and consultancy services to the MENA region from its soon-to-be-built lab in Dammam, Saudi Arabia.
Services offered include asset management, upgrading assets and maintenance procedures, training and certifications for engineers and technicians, research and development, and quality assurance/control.
“The projects successfully carried out in the Gulf region have made it possible for CESI to gain a profound experience encompassing the entire area,” said Dr Matteo Codazzi, CEO CESI.
“As world leader in power testing and certification for the electricity industry, we are fully committed to providing our experience and strategic approach to establish and localize in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia the most important electrical testing facility, fully compliant with the best quality international standards.”
The agreement between CESI and GCC Lab to set up CESI | GEPL was made in 2017 with a term sheet signing ceremony.
“We aim to end the prevalence of sub quality materials,” said Saleh Al-Amri, GCC Lab CEO.
“Our venture will provide the tools to enable our stakeholders to stop flooding the industry and ensure that all power components that they use are compliant with the highest international standards.
“The lab will be a key asset to support the policies that will sustain the electrical industry in the region.
“Localising electromechanical testing is a great milestone for Saudi, setting for Vision 2030.”