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Barrage could bring 20,000 jobs

PUBLISHED: 16:00 24 December 2012

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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.

4 comments

  • Former Cabinet Member and Welsh Secretary Peter Hain MP, has resigned his Shadow Welsh Secretary post to concentrate of pushing the Hafren Power bid. All the money required to build the scheme is coming from the private sector, so do it. When the Cardiff Bay Barrage was first talked about 30 years ago, all the wildlife groups complained that the Cardiff Barrage would destroy thousands, if not millions, of migrating birds on their regular feeding grounds. What actually happened, was the birds just flew a bit further, and fed on the other side of the dam. No problems !

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    Stork

    Saturday, December 29, 2012

  • They don't seem to worry about the"environmental problems" at Hinckley they have started ground work even before planning permission has been granted they must be confident the people concerned will give their plans a green light

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    Pritch

    Monday, December 24, 2012

  • Agreed T-Bone, why are we dithering..France have had at least one of these since 1966, come on UK we need another era of cutting edge "Great" Britain.

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    Munro

    Saturday, December 29, 2012

  • Talk, talk, talk...just get on with building the 'dam' thing before the lights go out.

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    T-Bone

    Tuesday, December 25, 2012

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