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Offshore Oil and Gas Applications

Advancing safety and accelerating market acceptance for offshore oil and gas platforms, rigs and vessels

An offshore gas rig


Leverage our global expertise and experience for certifying, testing and auditing your offshore oil and gas industry products. We work closely with the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), connecting critical knowledge, standards and services to energy exploration.

Our active involvement in standards development committees, including American Petroleum Institute (API), International Electrotechnical Committee (IEC), Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), as well as our globally respected testing, certification and auditing services, supports UL customers in the pursuit and achievement of market acceptance.

Our offshore services include:
  • Skid certification of Ex assemblies
  • Industrial control panel program
  • Zone 2/Division 2 equipment certification
  • International Electrotechnical Committee Explosive (IECEx) Certified Service Facility Scheme
  • Field evaluations
  • Unit verification or limited production certification

These services help provide the highest degree of confidence that products are designed, constructed and marked in accordance with UL, IECEx, ATEX and National Institute of Metrology Standardization and Industrial Standardization (INMETRO) requirements, along with other relevant regulations delivering market acceptance.


We provide rapid response to offshore certification needs with a team of engineering experts versed in IEC- and National Electrical Code (NEC)-based certification and technical requirements.

Areas of expertise

We offer testing and certification services for the following oil and gas product categories:

  • Gas detectors
  • Heaters
  • Industrial and process controls
  • Intrinsic safety
  • Luminaires
  • Motors
  • Plant oil extraction equipment
  • Programmable logic controllers
  • Robotics
  • Sensors
  • Signaling equipment
  • Wearable technologies
  • Wireless communication

Why UL

We drive global research and standards to continually advance and meet ever-evolving product safety, performance and interoperability needs. Our global network of technical experts and state-of-the-art facilities, along with our long-standing relationships with regulatory authorities, partner laboratories and industry technical leaders, helps you gain the compliance credentials you need to compete in a more complex global supply chain. Leverage our global brand acceptance and trust to add value to your innovations.

Single-source provider

Our global family of certification staff can help save you time and money with a single, local point of contact for your certification needs.

Knowledge and speed

We have technical expertise versed in all protection methods with comprehensive industry knowledge that translates into actionable business efficiencies for you to speed time to market. Engineers perform Quality Audits bringing a higher level of technical competency to the audits. With a U.S. based certification officer (CO) on staff, certification time is reduced.

Global Market Access

Leverage our active participation and leadership in the global standards writing process. You can benefit with faster time to a global marketplace with the UL certification process, not only do we understand the requirements, we helped develop them. In fact, we participate in more than 50 standards writing committees, such as: TC31 (IECEx), Standard Technical Panels (STPs) (North America), NFPA, API, and BSEE and Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) committees. UL can also help streamline the certification of custom-built Hazardous Location (HazLoc) equipment. including control panels, for global market access by including UL, C-UL, ATEX and IECEx certifications.

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Webinar: For Accelerated Global Market Access – Understand Your Hazloc Markings

Navigating the complex landscape of global hazardous locations and explosive atmospheres is a challenge.

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Standard changes for zone 2 equipment

Webinar: Standard Changes for Zone 2 Equipment

Potentially explosive atmospheres requirements evolve continuously and keeping up to speed can be challenging.

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An introduction to non-electrical equipment for use in hazardous locations

Webinar: Non-Electrical Equipment for Use in Hazardous Location – An Introduction

New Standards have been published recently for non-electrical equipment for use in potentially explosive atmospheres.

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