Cash boost for Welsh marine
Government providing £1.2m for test site in Milford Haven Waterway
The Welsh government is providing £1.2m in funding to help develop the Marine Energy Test Area (META) project in the Milford Haven Waterway in Wales.
The money will support Marine Energy Wales in developing a network of pre-consented seabed areas that will support research, component testing, innovation, deployment techniques and scaled device deployment.
The £1.9m META initiative forms part of Pembroke Dock Marine, a £76m project to develop a world class centre for marine energy development, fabrication, testing and deployment in Pembrokeshire.
Marine Energy Wales project director David Jones said: “After discussing the META concept with industry over the last three years we are pleased to secure the finances and support to now move towards delivery.
“Marine energy has already had a positive impact upon our peripheral economies in Wales, supported local supply chain clustering and diversification, and we see META contributing to the continued cost reduction being delivered by the sector at the moment.”
META has also received funding through the Coastal Communities Fund.
The next steps of the project will build on previous work to select the most appropriate sites within the site, continue to engage with stakeholders and formally start the leasing and licensing process.
The deal was first reported in the subscriber-only newsletter reNEWS.
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