Pembroke Port up for planning consent for marine energy upgrades
Port of Milford Haven has submitted a planning application seeking approval for works to begin at Pembroke Port to create the infrastructure needed to support the development of a world-class renewable energy and engineering hub.
The marine energy opportunity off Pembrokeshire’s coastline is world-class, with the industry already creating skilled, year-round employment in the area by taking advantage of the its natural wind, wave and tidal resource, as well as its experienced and highly regarded supply chain, according to Port of Milford Haven.
However, the creation of a modern port facility will be critical to attracting and retaining this fast-growing industry, as well as other blue growth sectors, the port notes.
Andy Jones, CEO at the Port of Milford Haven, said: “This is an important milestone in the project and after more than four years in development we are eager to move forward and continue to fulfil our role as a Trust Port by creating the foundations on which communities and businesses can thrive.
“This transformational development will play an important role in the region’s post-covid economic recovery as well as making a positive contribution to Wales & UK net zero decarbonisation targets.
“These works are an integral part of the wider Pembroke Dock Marine project and we have every confidence that the development will create a more attractive operating environment for inward investors and for local businesses, creating year-round, highly- skilled, well paid jobs for our communities”.
The Pembroke Dock Infrastructure project has been part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government, together with private investment by the Port of Milford Haven.
The works also form part of the wider £60 million Swansea Bay City Deal-funded Pembroke Dock Marine project.
If approved, work is expected to begin in 2021, with anticipated completion of the immediate works by 2025.