Det Norske Veritas (DNV) has acquired 74.3% of KEMA, creating a consulting and certification company for cleaner energy, sustainability, power generation, transmission and distribution. The new company will be led by Thijs Aarten, the CEO of KEMA, and headquartered in Arnhem, the Netherlands.
“By joining forces, 2,300 experts will meet the needs of an industry in rapid transition and growth. The combination of cleaner fossil-fuel-based power generation and the increased use of renewable energy will truly make a global impact. This is the strategic rationale behind DNV’s biggest investment ever, which, along with DNV’s other 8,000 employees engaged in supporting our maritime, oil & gas and other customers, makes DNV a leading global player in third party and technical advisory roles,” said Leif Arne Langøy, chairman of DNV, in a press release.
According to DNV, KEMA’s activities are complementary to its own existing renewable energy and sustainability businesses and all these activities will be integrated to form one service offering to the global energy sector. Services will cover the entire energy value chain from energy source to end user, including wind energy, carbon capture and storage, carbon trading, energy efficiency, power generation, transmission and distribution, and energy-related testing, inspection and certification.
DNV KEMA’s core markets will be in Europe, North America and China.