BURLINGTON, MA--(Marketwired - Dec 9, 2013) - KEMA-Powertest, LLC held its ground breaking to add a new test cell, number 9, at its High Voltage & High Power Test laboratory in Chalfont, Pennsylvania. Once completed, the new high power test cell will be the largest test cell in size & volume (34'x30'x26' H) and will provide a safer environment to test and certify the latest Power Utility equipment coming into the marketplace. The testing performed exceeds 36,000 Volts (VAC) on typical transmission and distribution equipment that include transformers, reactors, circuit breakers, fuses, and power switches.

Paul Leufkens, President of KEMA-Powertest, spoke at the event as did Helen Haun, a member of the New Britain Township Supervisors, and Ilkka Pylkkanen, senior consultant and past president of KEMA-Powertest.

"As a New Britain Township Supervisor my goal is to oversee the health, safety and welfare of the community. A big part of that responsibility is ensuring the fiscal and economic health and growth of New Britain Township. With a company like KEMA-Powertest expanding in our community, we take another step toward our bright future. KEMA has always been a wonderful corporate neighbor," stated Helen Haun. "As they continue their plans for expansion of this facility and their global corporation, KEMA will continue to be a leader in the utility industry, stimulating technical and economic growth worldwide and by providing new employment opportunities regionally."

Paul Leufkens added, "Based on our client inputs, the power industry is expected to continue its growth. The addition of Cell 9 will play a critical role for our client's and KEMA-Powertest's businesses while also contributing to build a smarter, safer and greener future for all."

KEMA-Powertest, LLC is part of DNV GL Energy's Power TIC Division, headquartered in Arnhem, the Netherlands. KEMA-Powertest is the largest high-power independent electrical testing laboratory in the Americas, providing testing services for the energy and utility industry. KEMA-Powertest provides accurate measurements for equipment performance, testing and certification to its customers. Obtaining the KEMA certification is one more way to assure a safe and reliable energy infrastructure for future growth worldwide. 

As of 12 September 2013, DNV and GL have merged to DNV GL

Driven by its purpose of safeguarding life, property and the environment, DNV GL enables organisations to advance the safety and sustainability of their business. DNV GL provides classification and technical assurance along with software and independent expert advisory services to the maritime, oil & gas and energy industries. It also provides certification services to customers across a wide range of industries. DNV GL, whose origins go back to 1864, operates globally in more than 100 countries with its 17,000 professionals dedicated to helping their customers make the world safer, smarter and greener.

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