Commenting on the success of the Celtic Freeport Stephen Crabb MP said,
"No question, this is a milestone moment for Milford Haven and the whole Pembrokeshire economy. A lot of hard work has gone into this project, and I am delighted to have been part of the team to get it over the line. The economic and industrial vision behind the Celtic Freeport is exciting and achievable. I’m thrilled that the case we made to UK and Welsh Governments has been successful.
The announcement today shows the world that Wales is serious about floating offshore wind and puts us on a firm footing to capture as much local economic benefit as possible. Securing Freeport status will send a powerful signal to developers, unlocking new investment in high quality jobs and training opportunities. It’s a green light for billions of pounds of “game changing” investment, the creation of thousands of jobs and a lasting skills legacy for generations to come.
It shows what can be achieved for our community when both governments align on important ambitions like meeting UK Net Zero targets and when there is cross-party support for the launch of a new green renewable energy industry - which has Milford Haven at its heart.
But this is just the beginning. There is a lot more hard work to come if we are going to capture all the opportunities the Freeport has to offer. And I will be doing all I can to help deliver this vision and ambition for Pembrokeshire."