16th June 2020 | Posted by: Daniel Birkett | Industry News

The UK and Welsh government have approved a £60m marine energy project in Pembrokeshire.

A £60m marine energy project in Pembrokeshire has been given the go-ahead by the government and is expected to generate £73.5m a year for the Swansea Bay economy.

Supported by the County Council but developed by the private sector, the Pembroke Dock Marine project is said to be the largest facility of its type in the world, boasting a 90 square kilometre demonstration zone.

The scheme will provide a testing facility to new and developing technologies, such as floating wind and could revolutionise the marine energy sector in the UK.

As well as the demonstration zone, a ‘Marine Energy Test Area’ will be constructed which will allow developers to trial prototype devices in their early stages.

The site will also house a Technology, Innovation and Research Centre which will be managed by the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult.

David Simpson, Leader of Pembrokeshire Council, said: “Worth £73.5 million a year, Pembroke Dock Marine will also make our economy more resilient in future by transforming Pembrokeshire and the city region as a whole into a global example of best practice for zero-carbon, marine energy innovation.”

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