CLASSIFICATIONS company DNV GL has opened new offices in Singapore and Malaysia as it looks to bolster its position in the region.

The company has also appointed Arve Johan Kalleklev as regional manager for Oil and Gas in South East Asia, leading the unit from the Singapore base.

Mr Kalleklev said the new unit was a demonstration of the company’s commitment to Singapore’s ambition of becoming Asia’s natural gas hub.

“I believe DNV GL has an important role to play as an independent partner with more than 50 years of experience at the forefront of the LNG industry,” he said.

“We have the technical knowledge and global insight to support the industry across the entire oil and gas value chain,” he said.

DNV GL plans to bring together local talent with strong support from the company’s international network of experts, combined with access to unique testing and training facilities.

DNV GL Oil & Gas chief executive Elisabeth Tørstad said the opening of the company’s Malaysian office – combining 250 employees of legacy companies Det Norske Veritas and GL Noble Denton – came as the nation continued to build substantial offshore infrastructure.

“Adopting strategies for sustainable development, the Malaysian government plans to develop an energy-efficient, diversified and sustainable energy mix for the future – all of which offers a very positive outlook for DNV GL,” she said.

Mr Kalleklev starts in his new position this week. He was previously head of DNV GL – Oil & Gas’s Marine Structures Department in Norway. He has been with the company since 2002 when he joined as an engineer and project manager specialising in riser technology.

Mr Kalleklev holds an MSc in Marine Technology from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and a BSc in Marine Technology from Bergen University College.