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Port seeks contractor for its solar array

04/02/2013

Indicative illustration of the proposed pv arraysFollowing recent approval by Pembrokeshire County Council of the Port’s plans for a solar array system, the Port of Milford Haven is now seeking competitive proposals for the complete development, construction and start-up of a single 5 megawatt utility scale solar photovoltaic energy power plant (PVS) at Liddeston Ridge, Milford Haven.

The successful contractor will be required to execute a Design-Build Agreement, provide turnkey planning, design, engineering, labour, materials, delivery, installation, and commissioning of a cost-effective and energy efficient solar PV system together with associated infrastructure, to maximise the use of the solar resource at Liddeston Ridge.

Tim James, Energy Development Manager for the Port of Milford Haven, said that construction is expected to begin in April and, provided that a window of opportunity arises to connect to the grid, be completed by the summer this year.  He added that:

“Up to 100 jobs will be created during this construction phase, sourced locally where possible.  The solar panels will be capable of supplying over 5,000 megawatt hours of clean electricity each year; enough energy to power around 1,000 homes as well as saving just over 1,800 tonnes of carbon emissions – equivalent to taking 267 cars off the road! 

“All of the clean energy generated will be fed into the local grid, becoming part of the energy mix used by houses and businesses in the immediate vicinity”.

Renewable energy is now an established, essential and growing part of the UK's future energy needs.  As the UK's energy capital, the Port of Milford Haven is committed to establishing a substantial presence in the renewable energy industry.

The Port has engaged Pure Wafer International (PWI) in a consultancy capacity to manage the procurement process on their behalf.  Click here for further information and details of how to submit a proposal.

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Photo caption: Indicative illustration of the proposed PV arrays

Notes to Editors:

Port of Milford Haven
The Port of Milford Haven is responsible for the biggest port in Wales, and is the third largest port in the UK.  Each year it handles around 29% of Britain’s seaborne trade in oil and gas and is widely recognised in the industry as the energy capital of the UK.

The Port, along with the cluster of energy-related businesses along the Waterway, is a key driver of economic activity in Pembrokeshire, attracting inward investment and supporting over 4,000 jobs.

The Port of Milford Haven also owns and operates Pembroke Port and Milford Dock.  Activities such as cargo handling, ferry operations, fish landing and cruise calls as well as a first class marina are spread across these two sites. 

One of the most prominent on the West Coast, the Port is in the heart of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, the only Coastal National Park in Great Britain. It is marked as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and has many areas designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

The Port of Milford Haven is a trust port – an independent, commercially run organisation that has statutory responsibilities governed by its Acts, to maintain and improve navigation and the provision of Port and Harbour services and facilities.  Additionally, the Port provides significant financial and in-kind support to a wide variety of local causes.  All profits are retained within the business to fund these objectives. 

For further information, visit www.mhpa.co.uk or contact:

Anna Malloy
Port of Milford Haven
01646 696100
anna.malloy@mhpa.co.uk

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