Burnham-On-Sea, Somerset

Published: April 25, 2006
New group comes forward with £15bn proposal for Brean Down barrage

The proposed barrage would run from Brean Down to Lavernock Point

The race is on to build a barrage across the Bristol Channel - from Brean Down, near Burnham, to Wales - after a new group came forward this week with a second proposal for the ambitious project.

The Severn Tidal Power Group (STPG), a joint venture between six power engineering and construction firms, has put forward a plan that is different from one put to councillors on 1st March by Neath businessman Gareth Woodham (pictured below).

The STPG says the Severn's tidal range, which approaches 14m, can be harnessed to generate up to six per cent of the electricity for England and Wales.

Welsh entrepreneur Gareth WoodhamThe consortium behind the proposal says its 10-mile project would bring as much energy as three nuclear power stations.

But environmental groups fear a barrage over the estuary would destroy a unique and world-famous eco-system.

However, senior politicians in Wales and Westminster say the £15bn plan to build a barrage across the Severn Estuary could help solve the growing energy crisis.

Roger Hull, of the Severn Tidal Power Group, said the barrage would take six years to build and could be generating power as early as 2017.

He said: "It's a proven technology. This is a big application because, of course, if you want to generate a lot of electricity, you need a big project to do so.

"It's definitely a good way of producing this predictable, renewable power that does not produce any carbon dioxide at all. So it's very climate friendly."


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