Venn developing Regional Locational Guidance for Welsh waters

Venn Associates is delighted to be working with Atkins and Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum to develop Regional Locational Guidance for Welsh Government for the aquaculture, wave and tidal sectors. Venn is able to provide valuable development insight for both marine energy and aquaculture through its network of experienced associates. The work will build on previous work characterising the resource around Wales, identifying constraints, and opportunities. The outputs of the work will inform the marine planning process being undertaken by Welsh Government, as well as being a valuable resource for developers looking at potential new projects in Welsh waters.

Pioneering hydrogen project in Milford Haven

Joseph Kidd, Venn Associates Director, has provided initial project management support to an exciting new £4m project launched in Milford Haven in March 2020. The project aims to accelerate the transition to an integrated hydrogen and renewable energy system by creating diverse, local, community-based markets that integrate with, and benefit from, the cluster of major energy infrastructure along the Milford Haven Waterway. Further details here:

Venn provides due diligence support for EU funded programme to support tidal energy deployment.

Venn Associates is working with Baldock Energy to provide due diligence support to the TIGER project, a €46.8m EU funded project that will build cross-border partnerships to develop new technologies, test and demonstrate up to 8 MW of new tidal capacity at a number of locations around the Channel region. Further project details can be be found here:


Venn qualifies to be on the Welsh Government framework for Marine Evidence

Venn Associates has qualified to be on the Welsh Government framework for Marine Evidence as part of a strong collaborative team led by Atkins which also includes MarineSpace and Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum. Welsh Government will use the framework to contract specialist support services across a range of marine sectors including offshore wind, aquaculture, marine energy, subsea cables and ports & harbours.

Venn helps establish tidal developer in Wales

Venn has supported Edinburgh-based Nova Innovation over the past year in establishing the company in Wales. Nova is one of the worlds leading tidal technology developers having installed and operated the worlds first tidal array off Shetland in Scotland. Venn support has focussed on the development of two new tidal projects, including stakeholder engagement, securing an Agreement for Lease from The Crown Estate, applications for project funding, and kicking off the consenting process. Venn has also helped secure funding to establish an office in north Wales and recruitment of a new development team.  Further info can be found at –

Venn helps secure funding for Marine Energy Test Area in Pembrokeshire

Venn supported Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum (PCF) with its application for funding for the proposed Marine Energy Test Area (META) in the Milford Haven waterway. Venn used its development experience to provide input to development planning, project scheduling and risk assessment. The application was successful and PCF has secured £1.2 million from European Regional Development Fund for the development of META project, see

Venn carries out Feasibility Study for sustainable seaweed management project

Venn worked with Dragonfly Project Delivery Ltd and Salacia Marine Ltd to undertake a detailed feasibility study for Pembrokeshire-based GreenSeas Resources Ltd that looked at the management of seaweed in the Milford Haven waterway. The study explored the nutrient issue in the waterway (caused by run-off from fertiliser use in the region), the potential for Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES), options for seaweed collection, and commercial uses for the seaweed that is collected.