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Minister Visits Bombora Wave Power HQ in Wales

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Jeremy Miles, Counsel General for Wales and Brexit Minister was in Pembroke Dock to visit Bombora for a project update on its ground breaking mWave™, wave power project.

Pembrokeshire boasts the highest concentration of wave resource in Wales. In addition, Pembroke Dock offers access to a highly skilled marine and industrial supply chain. These attributes first attracted Bombora to relocate its headquarters from Perth, Western Australia to Wales in 2017. Bombora now has 24 staff in Wales with plans for continued expansion, exporting technology and services to the growing global wave energy industry.

Counsel General and Brexit Minister, Jeremy Miles, who is responsible for EU funding in Wales, said: “The partnership between Welsh Government and experts in sustainable energy like Bombora are vital to our plans to meet the shared challenges of global climate change. I was delighted to visit Pembroke Dock to view this highly innovative marine energy technology, which will make full use of the Welsh coast’s unique natural wave and tide resources.

“By supporting collaborative research into marine energy systems, EU funding continues to drive progress in R&D, science, infrastructure and skills in Wales, as well as promoting economic growth and creating new jobs in Wales. It is essential that this funding continues, enabling us to lead the transition towards a flexible, low-carbon economy, and to progress towards a more equal, more prosperous, and greener Wales.”

Bombora has benefited from a £10.3 million European Regional Development Fund grant via the Welsh Government to validate the innovative mWave subsea wave energy converter. This support has resulted in a total inward investment of £17 million.

Bombora is currently forging ahead with its ambitious Pembrokeshire Demonstration Project to design, build, deploy, test and validate a 1.5MW mWave – the most powerful wave energy converter ever built. mWave will be fully submerged on the sea floor and is non-disruptive to ocean users and marine life while generating electricity from the power of waves.

“The strong marine energy sector here in Pembrokeshire, coupled with the Welsh Government support, makes west Wales a natural home for wave technology developers like Bombora. It was great to share our journey with the Minister and we look forward to continuing our development and growth here in the heart of the emerging marine energy industry in Wales” said Sam Leighton, Managing Director of Bombora.

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Coronavirus patient being treated at Withybush intensive care unit, say staff

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STAFF working at Withybush General Hospital in Haverfordwest have confirmed that there is a patient in intensive care suffering from Covid-19.

A Health Board spokesperson told The Pembrokeshire Herald: “COVID-19 is circulating in our communities and our hospitals are not exempt from this.

“An enormous amount of planning and preparations have taken place in our hospitals and they are set-up to care for both patients who have COVID-19 and those who don’t. Patients will be signposted appropriately through our hospitals.”

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Covid-19 grants for small businesses now being distributed

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL’S Cabinet Member for Economy, Tourism, Leisure and Culture, Paul Miller, has announced that payments to businesses started today (April 1).
Said Councillor Miller: “The team have been working flat out to get this scheme up and running as we know just how important this support is to business right now.
“Government promised the money would be with us by the 1st April and, now that the first tranche of cash has arrived, we have started distributing that support to our businesses.
“We undertook a short test run yesterday to make sure the system was running correctly and from today we are running daily payment runs so that as many can be processed in the shortest possible time.”

The following grants are available to small businesses to support the costs associated with the impact of Covid-19 on their businesses as follows;
• small business grant funding of £10,000 for all business in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate relief;
• grant funding of £25,000 for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with property with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000.
Councillor Miller added “I know our local businesses are doing all they can to sustain jobs and livelihoods. Our job is to get assistance to them as quickly and efficiently as possible.”

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The Country Food Trust’s helping hand

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Yesterday The Country Food Trust’s amazing Trustee and chef Tim Maddams drove from Dorset to West Wales and, with the help of Founding Trustee Andrew Stone, loaded his van with all the ready meals that we have left and went out on his first delivery run.

He delivered over 1,000 meals to Patch Charity in Milford Haven, run by the amazing Tracey Olin before returning home to Dorset.

Tracey Olin said “We are overwhelmed with the amazing donation from The Country Food Trust. We always struggle most with having meat meals. This will help so many people. Meeting Tim Maddams was also lovely”.

A spokes person for The Country Food Trust said “Big thanks to Simon Hart MP for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire and Secretary of State for Wales for alerting us to the need at this amazing charity.”

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