Bombora Welcomes Visit of Welsh European Funding Office Representative

Sue Price – Head of Programme Management Division ERDF and Sam Leighton – Managing Director Bombora.

The directors of Bombora Wave Power have recently welcomed Sue Price, head of Programme Management Division, Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO) to the company’s Pembroke Dock offices to review the progress on the 1.5MW mWave trial.

Bombora is mid-way through the project to design, build, deploy, test and validate a 1.5MW mWave power converter off the coast of Pembrokeshire.

The mWave will be fully submerged on the seafloor and is non-disruptive to ocean users and marine life while generating electricity from the wave motion.

Bombora’s Pembrokeshire mWave project, supported by a European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) grant via the Welsh Government, has generated a significant boost to the local area by creating both direct and indirect employment, and through engagement with local supporting industries, the company noted.

The visit included time spent with Mainstay Marine Solutions to observe progress on the construction of the mWave main structure, seeing Bombora’s purpose-built test tank at the Port of Pembroke to view membrane testing and meeting some of the staff employed at the company’s headquarters.

Richard Beresford, chairman of Bombora said; “The decision to establish our European headquarters in Pembroke Dock was underpinned by the Welsh Government’s support for the marine renewable energy sector. This combined with access to skilled people, great port facilities and an experienced supply chain make Pembrokeshire an ideal location for emerging companies like Bombora. We made the right decision to set up in Wales and were very pleased Sue Price could meet with us and explain the Welsh Government’s vision for the marine energy sector. We are confident that with this support and local partnerships we can achieve great success here in Wales.”

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