Feasibility Study for Marine Equipment Testing Area (META)
The purpose of this proposed feasibility study for a META is to understand barriers for development and highlight collaborative solutions for resolution, with the ultimate aim to enable the nurturing of local development and skills to realise economic potential in the ‘new’ marine energy market.
The project carried out a feasibility study for a Marine Energy Testing Area (META) to examine the best process and associated cost for the development of a Milford Haven Waterway facility for marine renewable devices. The research demonstrated that the majority of stakeholders feel that the Milford Haven Waterway provides an idea opportunity for sea testing of marine devices in a variety of resource climates.
”Marine energy technologies offer an energy opportunity where the UK can reasonably aspire to be the global leader, with some substantial supply chain opportunities to match it…The UK should be promoted as a centre of global excellence and opportunity for the development of all marine energy technologies…”
The project delivery has achieved what it set out to do which was to carry out a feasibility study for a Marine Energy Testing Area (META) to examine the best process and associated cost for the development of a Milford Haven waterway facility for marine renewable devices.
The research has demonstrated that that the majority of stakeholders feel that the Milford Haven Waterway provides an idea opportunity for sea testing of marine devices in a variety of resource climates. A Marine Energy Test Area (META) would provide a consented area of waterway, complete with licenses and enabling infrastructure to perform tests and practice installation and O&M methodology, near the base of operation and within easy reach of an extensive and supportive engineering supply chain. It will provide increased opportunities for supply chain companies to diversify and innovate whilst providing greater visibility of Welsh companies to increased opportunities for the supply chain and increased inward investment.
Arwain Sir Benfro and the LEADER Programme concluded in December 2021 once all projects were completed and funding exhausted. There is now no dedicated support upon the completion of the LEADER Programme in Pembrokeshire. Should you have any queries, PLANED as the previous administrators, may be able to assist, or similarly for wider questions on the LEADER Programme in Wales, please contact the Wales European Funding Office (WEFO).