Australian wave developer Bombora has taken the wraps off a €20m project to design, fabricate and test its first ever commercial-scale machine in south Wales.

The 30-month project will culminate in the deployment of a 1.5MW mWave device at the Marine Energy Test Area (META) in Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire being developed by Marine Energy Wales.

The Perth outfit has established a European operation, Bombora Europe, which will set up a base in Pembroke Dock.

Key staff including chief executive Sam Leighton and chief technical officer Cam Algie will relocate from Australia to Wales to launch the operations and facilitate the transfer of mWave technology, the company said.

“The Welsh offer various schemes and financial incentives as well as excellent planned testing facilities, to make it an ideal location to develop our mWave technology commercially,” added Leighton.

“Our parent company and board remain in Australia, where we have an extensive network of development partners still integrally involved in developing the mWave, as well as the Albany project in the mid-term pipeline.”

Bombora will also continue to develop sites suitable for “multi device commercial trials”, including the previously announced project off Peniche in Portugal.

The site consenting process is continuing at Peniche, the company said.

Image: Milford Haven (Marine Energy Wales)