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18 Oct 2010 12:10:05

Severn tidal barrage expected to be cancelled



Severn tidal barrage expected to be cancelled
Plans to build a tidal barrage across the Severn estuary are expected to be scrapped today (October 18th) by Chris Huhne.

The ten-mile long barrier would be capable of producing five percent of the UK's energy demand, which is the equivalent of two nuclear power stations.

Among those opposed to the development are the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and Friends of the Earth, who argue that it would significantly damage the Severn's ecosystem.

It is thought that secretary of state for energy and climate change Mr Huhne will announce that the plans are not economically viable.

However, shadow welsh secretary Peter Hain said that the cancellation of the project would have a detrimental effect on both the economy and the environment.

"Not only is Chris Huhne turning his back on the proposed barrage scheme that would have created hundreds of good-quality green jobs for Welsh people, it appears that he decided to abandon in its entirety the idea of using the Severn estuary as a generator of electricity," he added.

In its programme for government, the coalition said that it would create measures that would encourage the development of marine energy.  ADNFCR-1235-ID-800121056-ADNFCR


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Duncan wrote:

18 Oct 2010


The Severn study – published today - found that there was no strategic case for major public sector investment in a large-scale energy project in the Severn estuary at this time. It would be very costly to deliver and very challenging to attract the necessary investment from the private sector alone.
The Severn Tidal Power feasibility study showed that a tidal power scheme in the Estuary could cost in excess of £30bn, making it high cost and high risk in comparison to other ways of generating electricity. The report did recommend that a Severn tidal project should not be ruled out as a longer term option if market conditions change, but noted significant uncertainty over complying with regulation and that a scheme would fundamentally change the natural environment of the estuary.
Commenting on the Severn study, Chris Huhne added:
“The study clearly shows that there is no strategic case at this time for public funding of a scheme to generate energy in the Severn estuary. Other low carbon options represent a better deal for taxpayers and consumers.
“However, with a rich natural marine energy resource, world leading tidal energy companies and universities, and the creation of the innovative Wave Hub facility, the area can play a key role in supporting the UK’s renewable energy future.”




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