Government support likely for Swansea Bay tidal lagoon

Plans for a tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay are expected to gain government support this week, therefore increasing the chances of a number of similar projects being planned.

Former energy minister Charles Hendry has conducted an independent review of the plans, which his report due to be published on Thursday 12 January, with the Guardian revealing that sources believe that the £1.3 billion prototype plan has received largest positive feedback within the paper.

The project at Swansea Bay is seen by many as the potential spearhead of a wider project that would see five other major plants around the country, at Cardiff, Newport, Colwyn Bay in north Wales, the Cumbrian coast and Bridgwater Bay in Somerset, combine to provide approximately 10 per cent of the UK’s electricity needs and help meet carbon targets.

It has been reported that Tidal Lagoon Power has spent £35 million on the Swansea project.

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