A new £19.5 million research centre for advanced engineering supporting industries including nuclear and renewable energy is to be built in Wales.
The Advanced Engineering Materials Research Institute (AMERI) at TWI Technology Centre in Port Talbot has received £7.5 million of EU investment to kick-start the construction.
It is expected to create 16 highly skilled jobs as well as train 20 PhD students while supporting engineering and manufacturing businesses through access to its testing facilities.
Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones said: “EU funds for this new facility will result in more collaborative cutting-edge research and development taking place in Wales and will generate significant inward investment through major industrial partnerships.
“It’s excellent news for our advanced engineering sector and will put Wales at the forefront of innovation in engineering during the coming years.”
Last year the UK Government gave the go-ahead for a new power plant to be built at Port Talbot Steelworks.