Venn Associates, together with delivery partners Atkins, MarineSpace and Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum, have completed a review of online environmental assessment tools for Welsh Government. The review identified tools that could support both regulators and applicants during the consenting of marine projects in Welsh waters.
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 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 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 Associates and Dragonfly Project Delivery have provided initial strategic support related to the development of the Marine Energy Engineering Centre of Excellence (MEECE), a nationally important new development which will be based in Pembroke Dock.
MEECE, which is being led by the UK’s Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, will provide specialist knowledge, experience and capability for the benefit of marine industries, providing a centre for collaboration through coordinated, joint-industry / cross-industry approaches, whilst disseminating lessons learned for future projects and improving industry productivity and effectiveness.
Both Venn Associates and DPD have extensive experience of the marine energy sector and other marine industries which has been used to help ORE Catapult identify research priorities and establish new processes for MEECE, as well as engaging with technology developers and supply chain to start putting together the first research projects to be delivered by the new centre of excellence.
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 – http://www.marineenergywales.co.uk/nova-innovation-expands-in-wales/
Venn is delighted to have moved into the Hive offices in Uplands, Swansea. The new Swansea office will provide space for expansion of Venn’s Welsh-based team.
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 www.marineenergywales.co.uk/eu-funding-awarded-for-marine-energy-test-site-in-wales/
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.