Barrage port protection promise

PUBLISHED: 20:00 31 January 2013

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THE consortium which plans to build a 10-mile barrage across the Severn Estuary has pledged to work with all stakeholders to protect ports and wildlife.

Hafren Power appeared before the UK parliamentary energy and climate change committee yesterday, which is examining the company’s proposals.

Plans for the barrage, between Brean and Lavernock Point in Wales, have been submitted to Prime Minister David Cameron and his officials, despite the initial proposal facing rejection in 2011.

Hafren Power then put forward a privately funded scheme to be considered.

A parliamentary bill is needed to authorise the project, which aims to produce 20,000 jobs, together with an agreement to support the electricity price in the first 30 years.

The group has already faced criticism from environmental charity, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), and has asked for its plans to be scrutinised.

The group’s chief executive, Tony Pryor, said: “We believe this is a project whose time has come but it will not be at the expense of upstream port jobs, fish or birds. We are committed to working with everyone in the months and years ahead to show how new technology and planning can mitigate risks. We are determined to get it right.”

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