In a bid to become a centre of excellence for marine renewables, Milford Haven Port has joined forces with an engineering firm tasked with building the first full-scale tidal energy generator in Wales.

The port has entered into partnership with Cardiff-based Tidal Energy Ltd to develop an operating base for the forthcoming sea trials of its DeltaStream demonstration unit.

An operations centre will be set up at Pembroke Port for the storage, assembly, deployment and maintenance of the DeltaStream tidal generation unit, which will undergo harbour trials in Pembroke Dock later this year.

The unit will then be deployed at Ramsey Sound, where it will generate clean electricity to power homes in St Davids over a 12-month period.

Tidal Energy Ltd development director Chris Williams said: “This partnership provides a unique opportunity for the long-term development of the marine renewables industry in Wales, will create a number of jobs in Pembrokeshire and will help to put Wales at the forefront of marine energy development.”

The device, which was invented by Pembrokeshire engineer Richard Ayre, sits on the seabed under its own gravity and consists of three independent 400kW turbines mounted on a triangular frame.

Port of Milford Haven short sea director Kevin Hobbs added: “Pembroke Port is a perfect location from which to provide services to the wave and tidal industry in Wales. This arrangement builds upon our commitment to support this innovative industry and is the first step in our ambition to develop Pembroke Port into a centre of excellence for marine renewables and engineering.”

Tidal Energy Ltd will also be opening a new office at the port, and is currently recruiting to fill two positions.