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The Celtic Freeport private-public sector partnership is led by Associated British Ports (ABP), Neath Port Talbot Council, Pembrokeshire County Council and the Port of Milford Haven.


The Freeport also includes renewables developers, energy companies, industrial complexes, innovation assets, academic institutions and education providers.

13 May 2024

Enhancing Infrastructure and Connectivity will be Key to the Celtic Freeport’s Success


As the Celtic Freeport begins to map and develop opportunities in the South Wales region, the importance of robust infrastructure and seamless connectivity will become increasingly pivotal.

With the ambitious goal of developing floating offshore wind capabilities in Port Talbot and Milford Haven, the region is on the brink of a significant transformation. However, this development isn't just about building turbines in the sea, it's about overhauling and upgrading the entire supporting framework on land to meet the demands of a number of emerging renewable sectors.

The scale of new infrastructure needed to support the development of floating offshore wind technology is immense. Strategic sites like Pembroke Power Station, Dragon LNG, and Valero are central to this transformation. These facilities require extensive upgrades to transition effectively to the new renewable models. The investment in these sites is crucial not only for their own modernisation but also for propelling the broader decarbonisation agenda across the region.

Beyond the upgrades at specific energy sites, there is a pressing need to improve the general infrastructure and connectivity between Port Talbot and Milford Haven. Enhanced rail links and transportation networks are essential to provide investors and businesses with seamless access to the broader UK market. This type of connectivity is not merely a logistical necessity, it's a critical component in making the Celtic Freeport a competitive and attractive hub for international investment.

One of the less visible yet vital aspects of the infrastructure overhaul involves the power networks within the region. As huge amounts of power are generated offshore, a reliable and efficient system needs to transmit this power to the heart of the UK market. The current networks must be upgraded or expanded to handle the increased load and ensure that the energy produced can reach consumers and businesses throughout the country without bottleneck issues.

As emerging renewables sector begins to take shape such as converting green power into hydrogen, ammonia, or sustainable aviation fuel, the existing pipeline networks must also be adapted. These networks need to be capable of transporting new energy products efficiently and safely to where they are needed.

By investing in these critical areas, the region not only supports the current development projects but also sets the stage for future growth. This holistic approach to infrastructure enhancement ensures that the Celtic Freeport will not only be a leader in renewable energy but also a model for integrated regional development.


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