The Marine Energy Test Area (META) based in Pembrokeshire, west Wales has been strengthened with the addition of a new Project Delivery Manager to the team.
Tom Hill has joined the META team as Project Delivery Manager. Tom was previously Marine Operations Lead at Bombora Wave Power and brings a wealth of experience from a range of marine sectors.
In his role as META Project Delivery Manager he oversee the ongoing development and delivery of the META project including managing the leasing and consenting processes, liaising with the operations team, procuring equipment and engaging legal and technical support whilst working closely with the MEW Programme Manager, META Operations Manager and the Marketing and Communications Manager to ensure the effective and efficient delivery of the META project. Tom brings with him knowledge of offshore operations from 7 years as a hydrographic surveyor together with a proficient project management skills from his time at Bombora.
This new post makes a great addition to the META team in Wales and will boost META’s capacity as a fully operational test centre, complementing the current UK test centre network.
META offers technology developers access to pre-consented test sites to reduce the time, cost and risks associated with site development and consenting. The META sites offer a range of conditions that cater for a variety of testing scenarios, including component, sub-assembly, and scale and full-scale device testing. The facility allows developers to get equipment in the water quickly to progress innovative technology to commercialisation. The META quayside and open water sites are now operational and will operate for the next 15 years to support growth in this sector.