Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) has qualified global safety science leader UL as a certified third-party body for the certification of products listed under Category 0901020, relating to electrical power distribution equipment.

Awarded a five-year qualification, UL has been added to ADWEA’s approved vendor list after successfully completing ADWEA’s stringent qualification process. This qualifies UL to certify switchgear and control gear equipment, transformers, cables and batteries for manufacturers selling products to end-users within the Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA) group of companies, which includes Abu Dhabi Distribution Co., Emirates Water and Electrical Co., Abu Dhabi Transmission & DespatchCompany (Transco) and Al Ain Distribution Company.

This qualification expands UL’s capabilities in the emirates. In 2020, UL’s Abu Dhabi laboratory was approved by Abu Dhabi Power Corporation to test low voltage switchgear and control gear equipment. Through its subsidiaries, TAQA provides transmission and distribution networks and grids that serve more than one million customers.

Hamid Syed, vice president and general manager in the Middle East and Africa for UL, said: “We are very proud of this achievement. Being qualified by ADWEA will enable us to help manufacturers who want to supply equipment to Abu Dhabi Distribution Co. and other companies within the TAQA group. Being a certified third-party body gives UL the mandate to witness and approve compliant results from any accredited third-party laboratory.

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