MPs say there is 'no case' for a £25bn barrage between Brean
for a £25bn barrage across the Severn Estuary from Brean
Down to Wales should not go ahead in their current form, a committee
of MPs has said this week.
Power wants to build an 11-mile barrage between Lavernock Point
near Penarth, to Brean near Burnham-On-Sea.
MPs have said that Hafren has failed to make the case that it
would be good for the economy or the environment.
firm has responded by calling the MPs' verdict "unhelpful
and frustrating", adding the company had more work to do.
The House of Commons' Energy and Climate Change Committee hs criticised
a "lack of information and a perceived lack of transparency"
about the proposal.
case for the barrage is "unproven" and Hafren Power
"has yet to provide robust and independently verified evidence
of the economic, environmental and technological viability of
the project", the committee's report says.
were warned about the potential of job losses in nearby ports,
and concluded the scheme is no "knight in shining armour"
to meet renewable energy targets.
supporters of the scheme argue that the tidal barrage could generate
5% of the UK's total electricity needs.
groups have also warned about the impact on the local environment
and on wildlife habitats - which the report says are concerns
that the company had "failed to overcome".
committee added that the UK government should remain open to considering
a project in the Severn but "far more detail and evidence"
would be required to make an informed decision about Hafren Power's
chairman Tim Yeo told the BBC: "We think the effects on wildlife
could be very damaging. There is a lot of evidence to suggest
that these impacts will be very, very hard to alleviate."
report does acknowledge that there is the potential to generate
energy here. Indeed, we suggest that it might be worth exploring
a smaller scheme initially where the impact would be less dramatic."
Power chief executive Tony Prior said: "The report is unhelpful
and frustrating - we all know we have a lot more work to do and
we will do it. The government has already told us it is not against
the barrage and we are determined to press ministers and officials
to engage fully."