SOME 25 jobs are to be created by an Australian company in a multi-million pound renewable energy project in Pembroke Dock.

Bombora Wave Power is based in Western Australia but in the past few weeks staff have relocated with their families from sunny Perth to chilly Pembroke Dock, setting up the company's European headquarters.

“We’re very excited to be here,” said project engineer Dylan Heath. “It is great to be able to tap into the industries and experience that is already here in Pembrokeshire.”

They were greeted by Simon Hart MP, who was given a presentation about the project at their initial headquarters in Hobbs Point.

Bombora is looking to hire 25 staff over the coming months for their two year, 20 million euros project to design, build and test a 1.5 megawatt wave energy converter in Pembrokeshire.

The cigar-shaped equipment is 60 metres long and sits on the seabed where it can access 80 per cent of the wave’s energy without being exposed to its destructive power.

Bombora has been supported and advised in their move by Marine Energy Wales, also based in Pembroke Dock.

Bombora is taking advantage of the Marine Energy Test Area being set up in Milford Haven area by Marine Energy Wales.

“This means that we will have access to demonstration zone test areas as well as the marine engineering centre of excellence being developed here,” added Mr Heath.

Mr Hart said: “The UK is leading the world in terms of wave and tidal power development and Pembrokeshire is at the forefront of that movement.

“It is incredibly exciting that Bombora has chosen Pembroke Dock for its European headquarters and I look forward to working closely with the company over the next few years as they expand.”