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Boost for BASEC as cable testing facility comes online

BASEC offers a full testing solution for the MV cable industry by bringing European quality and cable testing speciality to the Middle East. (Image source: BASEC)

Following a Phase 2 investment of UK£1.2mn (approx. US1.4$mn), BASEC, a global leader in product testing and certification services for the cable industry across numerous sectors, has announced that its fully-equipped medium voltage cable testing facility in a new regional lab in Dubai is now fully operational

The new medium voltage testing laboratory will significantly increase BASEC's scope of testing to further complement the recent investments made in solar, EV, data communication and compound analytics testing and support manufacturers in the competitive MV cable market to verify competitive designs and raw materials to ensure that quality is not compromised. 

This facility continues BASEC's roadmap in becoming the preferred testing and certification partner to the worldwide cable industry and builds upon other recent investments to add capability, technology, and global reach. It is the first Middle East specialised MV laboratory for cable testing. 

Tony Lioveri, BASEC's CEO, stated, “BASEC has been working in partnership with cable manufacturers for more than 50 years and has a strong brand and heritage of being the mark of quality & safety. Phase 2 investment and extension into medium voltage testing is another milestone on this journey. The Dubai facility is strategically located to support the global market, as seen from the opening of the LV lab in 2021. We continue to push our roadmap to establish BASEC as a worldwide partner delivered through our regional offices of dedicated teams of technical experts and superior customer care. Our goal is to give end users and manufacturers confidence that by using the BASEC mark, they can be assured of guaranteed quality and safety throughout the supply chain. When quality matters, use BASEC.” 

Akram Abdelwahab, BASEC's group technical manager and medium voltage expert, commented, “With the increase in demand for manufacturing higher volumes of MV cable, BASEC MV laboratory will enhance the quality of the MV cable industry by helping both cable manufacturers and stakeholders. BASEC offers a full testing solution for the MV cable industry by bringing European quality and cable testing speciality to the Middle East. The unique location will make it easier for all cable manufacturers worldwide, especially those in the Middle East, to send their heavy MV cable samples to Dubai; It will save time and money.” 

BASEC purpose-built the lab to achieve its objective of the highest quality testing in its new MV facility with four earth electrodes to get a low PD sensitivity in the presence of background noise (< 1 pC). The construction is one of many enhancements to ensure the labs' wiring layout is optimised with power isolation. Improved grounding provides effective noise suppression with market-leading lab equipment to improve its offering.