Port of Milford Haven and Bombora have signed a Memorandum of Understanding highlighting their commitment to the marine energy industry in Pembrokeshire.
The Memorandum of Understanding, signed by chief executive of the Port of Milford Haven Andy Jones and managing director of Bombora Sam Leighton, will help to strengthen collaboration between the two organisations with the aim of realizing the economic and energy opportunities presented by marine renewable energy within the Swansea Bay City Region and further afield.
Originating in Australia, Bombora opened offices in Pembroke Dock in 2017. The company is developing a 1.5 MW mWave wave energy converter demonstration device which will harness the potential of marine energy.
mWave sits below the surface of the water where wave pressure causes its flexible rubber membrane to inflate and deflate pumping air through a turbine to generate electricity.
Andy Jones from the Port said: “There is huge potential for this growing industry here in Pembrokeshire and our base at Pembroke Port is becoming a key site for companies such as Bombora to fabricate and assemble large scale devices for deployment at sea.”
He continued, “It’s not just the Port that is benefiting though; the local supply chain has already succeeded in securing contracts with Bombora and plenty more opportunities will become available as the sector grows.”
Bombora’s Sam Leighton added: “Since setting up our operational headquarters in Pembroke Dock we have received unprecedented support from the local industry and community. The facilities at Pembroke Port offer us every opportunity to fabricate, assemble, launch, test and maintain our first utility-scale mWave here in Pembrokeshire. This agreement reaffirms our long term commitment to establish Pembrokeshire as a leading centre of excellence for marine renewables.”