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Minister reviews plans for growth at UK's biggest energy port

14/12/2016

Cabinet Secretary for the Economy and Infrastructure, Ken Skates, was shown around Milford Haven’s Port Control where thousands of shipping movements are safely coordinated each year.Ken Skates, Wales’ Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure, visited the Port of Milford Haven earlier this week (12th December) for a briefing from the Port’s Chairman and Chief Executive on future development plans in the Milford Haven Waterway.

Peter Jones and Alec Don updated the Economy Secretary on the Milford Waterfront project – the proposed £70m investment around Milford Marina and Milford Fish Docks - as well as plans that would see Pembroke Port developed as a world-class marine energy base.

The minister was shown the latest concepts for Milford Waterfront that will include retail units, a hotel and restaurants. He also heard how the Port was working with partners on an exciting bid for £28m investment in the Pembroke Dock Marine Project under the UK’s City Deal programme. The project would transform Pembroke Port into a thriving marine energy centre where firms will be able to draw up, develop and service renewable energy projects to exploit abundant tide and wave resources off the Pembrokeshire coast.

“The Port of Milford Haven is one of Wales’ key economic powerhouses,” said chief executive Alec Don. “It is the nation’s busiest trade gateway, connected by efficient sea routes to countries across the world. It is also home to an outstanding supply chain, great businesses staffed by skilled men and women who have serviced world class maritime and energy industries for more than 50 years,” he continued. “We welcome the current Minister’s focus on the development of a 21st Century infrastructure with new investments into the road and rail network.  These networks need to connect dynamic industrial zones where businesses are empowered to develop the Welsh economy.”

Cabinet Secretary for the Economy and Infrastructure, Ken Skates, said: "The development plans for Milford Haven Port are very exciting and present an opportunity to attract more visitors to the area as well as benefit the local community and economy. The Welsh Government is keen to play a role in supporting projects that that will enable Welsh ports to flourish, and I look forward to working with Milford Haven with a view to making it a world class destination for leisure and industry.”
 
Alec added, “We look forward to working in close partnership with the Welsh Government on this agenda.”

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Photo caption:
Cabinet Secretary for the Economy and Infrastructure, Ken Skates, was shown around Milford Haven’s Port Control where thousands of shipping movements are safely coordinated each year.

Photo (L-R) – Port of Milford Haven Chairman, Peter Jones; Cabinet Secretary for the Economy and Infrastructure, Ken Skates; Port of Milford Haven Chief Executive, Alec Don.

Notes to Editors

Port of Milford Haven
The Port of Milford Haven is the UK’s top energy port and Wales’ busiest port handling around 20% of Britain’s seaborne trade in oil and gas.  It 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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