Severn barrage back in the spotlight as Peter Hain takes up campaign
possibility of a Severn Barrage being built across the Bristol
Channel from near Burnham-On-Sea to Wales has edged forward this
week following the resignation of former Wales and Northern Ireland
Secretary Peter Hain from the shadow cabinet to campaign for a
shadow Welsh secretary and Neath MP said: "I want to make
a different contribution. I want to take forward the vital project,
the biggest investment ever in Wales, £30bn investment,
for the Severn barrage, and also the biggest single source of
renewable energy in Europe and one of the biggest in the world."
what I want to do and you can't really do that as shadow secretary
of state. It's a post that in government I've done for nearly
eight years and in opposition for two years and I think it's the
right time to make this change."
UK government has previously rejected plans for a publicly-funded
barrage but has not ruled out private schemes.
private consortium, Corlan Hafren, wants to harness tidal power
between south Wales and Somerset to create electricity.
private finance is potentially in place through the Corlan Hafren
business project and they have assembled the necessary financial
interests, sovereign wealth funds and investments," said
Mr Hain. "There's all sorts of obstacles in the way and this
is one of the reasons I'm standing down," he said. "We
will need to get a rather complex hybrid bill through Parliament
that's got to be a private bill - it will need government support."
Severn Lake energy causeway is another project that is also still
being actively pushed forward.