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Barrage could bring 20,000 jobs

PUBLISHED: 16:00 24 December 2012

THE team behind latest plans to revive a scheme for a 10-mile Severn Barrage has said the project will create 20,000 jobs.

The consortium spearheading the project – Hafren Power – has released more details for the plans after talks with the Government on making the £25billion barrage a reality.

Officials have looked at reviving the project, even though it was binned last year amid fears it could lead to a number of environmental problems and construction costs could be as high as £30billion.

The plans returned to the agenda when Hafren Power brought forward the idea of a privately-funded barrage between Brean Down and Lavernock Point, near Cardiff.

The group has also received criticism from environmental groups, which believe the barrage will cause the same concerns it did when the idea was originally floated.

Further information on the proposal also comes after the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) asked the promoters of the barrage scheme to release its research and allow it to be reviewed to prove this.

The team wants to build the turbines during a nine-year construction period which could create 20,000 jobs for the two areas.

It has also said it could generate five per cent of the UK’s electricity for more than a century, providing a consistent source of energy.

But for the plans to get the green light, a special act of Parliament will have to go ahead, and Hafren Power regional board member Professor Brian Morgan said this needs to happen sooner rather than later to avoid the project going ‘into the long grass.’

Executives of the consortium will announce these plans to the public in the new year for the first time when the Energy Select Committee begins an inquiry into the barrage plan.

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