for £30bn Severn Barrage from Brean to Wales given boost
for a £30bn barrage across the Severn estuary from Brean
Down, near Burnham, to Wales have been given a boost after Prime
Minister David Cameron instructed officials to look into them
follows a meeting with Peter Hain, who left his post as shadow
Welsh secretary to back the project.
say the barrage, from the Vale of Glamorgan to Brean, would provide
5% of the UK's electricity and create thousands of jobs. However,
environmentalists object, and say it would harm local wildlife.
is understood much of the funding for the scheme would come from
Kuwait and Qatar.
had a very good meeting - the prime minister promised to look
into it," Mr Hain told BBC Wales.
was a more productive meeting than might have been expected. It's
encouraging that Number 10 are taking the barrage much more seriously
than has been the case over the last few years."
support is an absolute pre-requisite for getting the whole project
underway. Not a penny of taxpayers' money would be needed for
this £30bn investment, which would be transformative for
would create 20,000 jobs in construction and another 30,000 in
activity around the barrage."
UK government previously rejected plans following a two-year feasibility
study found the cost could be up to £34bn, double the initial
estimate. It did not, however, rule out private schemes.
year, the Corlan Hafren consortium submitted a business plan to
the Department of Energy and Climate Change outlining a new proposal.
seperate bid called Severn Lake, overseen by entrepreneur Gareth
Woodham, is also being developed.
Downing Street spokesman told the BBC: "The prime minister
met Peter Hain and Corlan Hafren last month to discuss the Severn
barrage proposal. The government is keen to promote a diverse
range of energy supply and will consider the proposals carefully."