The Port of Milford Haven has the following key strategic advantages over other ports in the UK and Europe:
- Over 17.0m depth of water available at all states of tide and the ability to handle vessels with drafts of up to 22.0m
- Proximity to Atlantic trade routes
- No lock restrictions
- High capacity gas and oil pipelines and electricity connections to the centre of the UK
The South Wales Energy Network (click to enlarge)
As part of its deep sea operations, the Port currently serves five major energy terminals; Valero Refinery, Murco Refinery, South Hook LNG, Dragon LNG and the largest petroleum tank farm in the UK, SemLogistics. Together, these terminals receive cargoes from the North Sea, North and West Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Europe and re-deliver finished products to international destinations. More recently, the Haven was chosen as the site for Europe’s largest gas-fired power station - Pembroke Power Station, built by RWE nPower.
The Port of Milford Haven also owns and operates Milford Docks and Pembroke Port – its short sea operations. Activities such as cargo handling, fish landing, ferry operations and cruise calls are handled between these two locations.
The Port has succeeded in attracting over £3bn of new investment over the past 5 years. As a result, the port area now sustains 4,000 skilled jobs in Pembrokeshire. These figures are a powerful reminder of what a positive impact an efficient and competitive independent port can have on the county, the region and indeed the nation as a whole.
The Port is in the heart of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, a marine Special Area of Conservation and has many areas designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).