£25bn Severn Barrage between Brean and Wales is 'dead in
for a £25bn barrage in the Severn Estuary are "dead
in the water" during the current Parliament, it has been
claimed this week.
Power wants to build an 11-mile barrage between Lavernock Point
near Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, and Brean near Burnham-On-Sea.
one of the barrage's key supporters, Neath MP Peter Hain, has
told BBC Wales that the UK government has refused to commit to
June MPs said Hafren had failed to make the case that it would
be good for the economy or the environment.
a report, the House of Commons' Energy and Climate Change Committee
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 report said.
were warned also 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 the tidal barrage could generate
5% of the UK's electricity.
this year, former Welsh Secretary Mr Hain said the time had come
to press ahead and build the Severn Barrage as the proposal has
been "studied to death".
speaking to BBC Radio Wales on Monday, Mr Hain said: "It
(the UK government) refuses to say whether it backs it or opposes
practice it's put it into the long grass and therefore as far
as this Parliament is concerned it is dead in the water but not
as far as the future is concerned."