Colwyn Bay Tidal Lagoon backed by Swansea Bay Report

Plans for a £1.3bn tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay have been backed by a government-commissioned review.

This is good news for supporters of the giant tidal lagoon at Colwyn Bay with the  viability of the technology being backed in the Government report.

Former energy minister Charles Hendry’s independent report into the technology’s viability said it would make a “strong contribution” to the UK’s energy supply.

Referring to the Swansea Bay project Mr Hendry said: “If you look at the cost spread out over the entire lifetime – 120 years for the project – it comes out at about 30p per household, per year, for the next 30 years. That’s less than a pint of milk”

There are hopes of developing a network of larger lagoons around the UK coast, harnessing power from the ebb and flow of the sea’s tides. Following on from Swansea Bay there could be larger lagoons off the coast of Cardiff and Newport, in South Wales, Colwyn Bay, in North Wales, west Cumbria, north of Workington, and Bridgwater Bay in Somerset.

Mr Hendry however believed that this was “too ambitious a goal” before even one had been built and “could only be considered properly when more progress had been made”.

Here at the Bryn Holcombe hotel we are concerned with the proposed Colwyn Bay Tidal Lagoon, and there are at present two developers with an interest in the project: Tidal Lagoon Power (proposed developers for Swansea Lagoon); and North Wales Tidal Energy a company promoting tidal energy and coastal protection.

Tidal Lagoon Power (TLP), chief executive, Mark Shorrock, hopes to bring a tidal turbine project to Swansea Bay that would provide power to 107,000 homes.

Following on from the Swansea project, and subject to successful economic viability and environmental assessments, TLP would push ahead with a £2.2billion investment, which it says could power 400,000 homes and create 2,500 construction jobs in Colwyn Bay alone.

North Wales Tidal Energy, Henry Dixon, chairman, Eryl Vaughan, chief executive, Dr Stuart Anderson, Chairman Conwy Council and long time proponent of tidal power. Dr Anderson  was quoted previously as saying: “We are more than happy to welcome Mr Shorrock (TLP) as a partner but a regionally based renewable energy developer with ten years of experience has expressed interest in taking on a business plan for the Llanddulas (Colwyn Bay) scheme. He has now made his intentions clear to Conwy County Council officers, Welsh Government, Department of Energy and Climate Change and The Crown Estate. (The latter can give or withhold the seabed lease).”

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The Colwyn Bay Lagoon is proposed to stretch from Rhos Point to Prestatyn.

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