14th March Pembrokeshire hosted marine energy event

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    Pembrokeshire will be hosting the 7th Annual Marine Energy Pembrokeshire Industry Seminar on 14th March 2016. This event has been fully booked with experts from across the field of marine renewables for the last 6 years. With increased focus on Wales’ potential to service this advancing industry and the economic opportunities it brings for the region, the event has relocated this year to a larger venue, the Torch Theatre in Milford Haven. Interest in Pembrokeshire and Wales is on the increase due to the progression of two marine energy demonstration zones, awarded seabed leases and tidal lagoons, combined with the availability of €100.4 million structural funding prioritising marine energy.

    Record figures are expected as interest in the area continues to climb. Event hosts Marine Energy Pembrokeshire are delighted that Edwina Hart MBE AM, Minister for Economy, Science and Transport will deliver the Key Note address to kick off the packed itinerary. Delegates will then have the opportunity to listen to speakers from Welsh European Funding Office, Natural Resources Wales, the Port of Milford Haven and many more. Orkney based companies Aquatera and Leask Marine will be providing a lessons learn overview of operations delivered. Developers such as Tidal Energy Ltd, Marine Power Systems and Tidal Lagoon Power will be providing updates on their project developments in Wales to the audience throughout the course of the day. Event sponsors are Welsh Government, the Port of Milford Haven and Burges Salmon. To enable discussions to continue after the formal event closure, a networking dinner will be held on the evening of the conference.

    A key milestone for marine renewable energy was reached in December 2015 with the first device in Welsh waters being deployed by Tidal Energy Ltd (TEL) in Ramsey Sound, Pembrokeshire. Following the conference, TEL’s team will be hosting delegates at St. Justinian’s to showcase their deployment and monitoring operations of the Deltastream device. David Jones, Project Director of Marine Energy Pembrokeshire said: “It is looking to be a record year in terms of conference attendees. This is testament to the huge amount of work that has already gone into highlighting the opportunities Pembrokeshire and Wales can offer the sector. This new sustainable energy sector can benefit from our significant natural resources the grid connection possibilities, the transferable skills of the oil and gas industry, research links, the world class port facilities and the area designated as an energy Enterprise Zone. We need to make the most of promoting these and ensuring we maximise usage of €100.4 million of EU structural funding set aside for marine energy and Demonstration Zones. At this time Wales really is well placed to play a leading role in the worldwide marine energy sector.

    For Pembrokeshire it is a real opportunity for economic growth developing a new Low Carbon sector, building on our existing strengths.” Attendees represent a range of interested parties, with delegates from supply chain companies, supporting organisations and technology developers to the government and research sector. For details on how to book including sponsorship, exhibition packages, the post event networking dinner and TEL tour, please contact Holly Pretious on holly.pretious@marineenergypembrokeshire.co.uk

    To book tickets visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/marine-energy-pembrokeshire-seminar-2016-tickets-20783188075

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