Welsh Supply Chain services
Pembrokeshire is already home to an energy sector supply chain and workforce which supplies 25% of the UK’s petrochemicals, 30% of the UK’s gas requirements and includes steel fabricators, marine and other engineering specialisms, boat builders, and ship repairers. These skills are transferable and will be of immediate benefit to the renewables industry looking to base their project close to an abundant marine energy resource.
Anglesey also has an established energy sector with the Wylfa Nuclear Power Station operational from 1971 to 2015. A second plant (Wylfa Newydd) has been proposed. North Wales is also home to several hydroelectric power stations and offshore wind farms including Gwynt y Môr – the second largest operating offshore windfarm in the world. Local construction companies have benefited from all of these energy projects, and have diversified their skills which will suit marine energy developers targeting the area.
Wales has the potential to be a world-leader in the marine energy market – as a significant generator and, just as importantly, as an exporter of marine energy knowledge, technologies and services. This momentum is attracting marine energy companies into Wales and one of these is Leask Marine who, with all their experience of working on multiple deployments in Scotland, will benefit the sector in Wales.
Experienced organisations such as Ledwood, Kingswood and Mainstay Marine offer the necessary skill set to help design, build and develop marine energy devices. Consultancy and project development skills are also available locally with companies such as MarineSpace based in Pembroke Dock.