The chief executive of the Swansea Tidal Lagoon has called for Boris Johnson to give the go ahead to the renewable energy project, saying that the UK will need to use “every green project we can” if it is to decarbonise its energy system. Currently, the project is waiting for the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to approve a decommissioning plan which would allow work to begin on site. However, if the plan is not signed off in the next eight days, the planning consent for the £1.3bn project will be lost. Speaking to City A.M., Mark Shorrock said that the development needed someone in Whitehall to push it over the line. “We need the Prime Minister to say to Whitehall, ‘I want to do this project – take that decommissioning plan out of the drawer”. Johnson has previously spoken out in support of the Swansea lagoon, which would power 155,000 homes at least, when he was running to be the leader of the Conservative party.
City AM 22nd June 2020 read more »
Plans for a tidal lagoon to generate electricity in Swansea Bay are on the verge of collapse, as its planning permission will expire within days unless its decommissioning plan is approved. The £1.3 billion project suffered a near-fatal blow in 2018 when the government rejected pleas to subsidise it, saying that it was too expensive. Mark Shorrock, the entrepreneur behind the scheme, has been raising funds from the Welsh government and contracts to supply electricity to local businesses. However, planning permission for the lagoon, originally granted in 2015, will expire at the end of June unless work starts on an access road.
Times 23rd June 2020 read more »