28th January 2013, Milford Haven, Wales, UK
Welsh Secretary shines spotlight on Haven’s economic importance
The economic significance of Pembrokeshire’s growing energy sector has been highlighted by the Secretary of State for Wales, David Jones, MP.
Speaking at a Wales in London event at the Capital's Globe Theatre, the Secretary spoke of his clear objective for the growth of the Welsh economy and the vital role that the energy industry plays in achieving this goal.
“The energy facilities based along the Milford Haven Waterway play a vital role in the success of the Welsh economy and it is essential that an ongoing working relationship between the UK and Welsh Governments continues to support the development of this area” he said.
The event was sponsored by the recently formed Haven Energy Forum, the members of which are Milford Haven Port Authority, Valero Refinery, Murco Refinery, South Hook LNG, Dragon LNG, SemLogistics and RWE Generation’s Pembroke Power Station. Also present were Politicians from Westminster and Cardiff, as well as senior representatives of Pembrokeshire County Council.
The Haven Energy Forum works to share best practice in the enhancement of safety and environmental commitment. This event provided a valuable opportunity for the Forum to also underline the importance of the Haven as a driver for economic success.
Chief Executive of the Port of Milford Haven, Alec Don spoke on behalf of the Haven Energy Forum, echoing the remarks of the Secretary of State for Wales.
“Milford Haven handles and manufactures 30% of the UK’s liquid fuel energy products. It is making a significant contribution to the UK’s economy not to mention the security of the Country’s energy needs” he said.
“In the last six years, the Port has been able to attract in excess of £3bn of private sector investment, which has not only underpinned diversity in energy mix, but by extension, an industry that is collectively supporting over 10,000 jobs across the UK.
“In addition, the energy manufacturing operations located on the Haven by themselves account for a staggering 20% of Wales’ exports. The importance of the continued investment by these businesses to maintain safe and environmentally responsible economic assets for UK PLC cannot be underestimated.”
Caption: The Haven Energy Forum with the Secretary of State for Wales at a Wales in London Event at the Capital’s Globe Theatre. Left to right:
Back Row: Cllr Jamie Adams Leader of Pembrokeshire County Council, Simon Hart MP, Ken Jinkerson Murco Refinery GM, Colin OrrBurns Dragon LNG GM and Steve Glover Station Manager Pembroke Power Station
Front Row: Bryn Parry-Jones Chief Executive Pembrokeshire County Council, Stephen Crabb MP, Alec Don Chief Executive Port of Milford Haven, Secretary of State for Wales David Jones MP, Ed Tomp Valero Refinery GM and Yasser Al Jaidah South Hook LNG GM
For further information contact: Mariam Dalziel, Public Relations Manager, South Hook LNG Terminal
Tel: 01437 782202