DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability sets up Beijing headquarters

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DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability is setting up its Asia Pacific Headquarters for services towards the transmission and cleaner energy sectors in Beijing.

The new headquarters will be headed by Bjorn Tore Markussen, Chief Operating Officer, and has ongoing operations in Korea, Australia, India, Singapore, Malaysia and China. Mr Markussen comes from the position as Managing Director of DNV’s Clean Technology Center in Singapore.

“DNV is committed to help China develop a safer, more efficient and reliable energy supply system with improved fossil and renewable power generation to support China’s growth ambitions and development towards a low carbon economy,” said DNV’s Group Chief Executive Officer Henrik O. Madsen at a press conference in Beijing.

The establishment of this second clean technology headquarters for Asia Pacific follows DNV’s acquisition of 74.3% of KEMA shares in February 2012, resulting in a new company called DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability. DNV KEMA, now consisting of 2,300 energy experts from KEMA and DNV, is one of the three companies within the DNV Group. The new company makes up a world-leading energy consulting, testing and certification company that can drive the worldwide transition towards a safer, reliable, efficient, and cleaner energy future.

Before joining the DNV Group, KEMA acquired a majority interest in Sinopower, a China based energy consultancy firm. “The combined knowledge of DNV, KEMA and Sinopower is a good basis for providing expert services to the Chinese energy market,” said Madsen. “It puts the DNV Group in a better position to provide a broader portfolio of services to the whole Chinese energy value chain.”

“The fact that a considerable amount of the wind power generated electricity in China faces transmission grid congestions, represents a great challenge for China, and demonstrates the need for expert services that constitute the core competence of DNV KEMA’s 2,300 experts,” said Mr Madsen. A report made by the Wind Energy Committee of the China Renewable Energy Society (CRES) estimates that China lost nearly 10 billion kWh of wind power generated electricity in 2011 due to the limited access to the power grid.

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