Barrage plans are still alive, vows developer in Burnham visit
developer of a proposed Severn Barrage between Brean and Wales
has this week vowed that the project is still "alive and
progressing" during a visit to Burnham-On-Sea.
entrepreneur Gareth Woodham, right, who is leading the
Severn Lake project, revealed that he has met several "influential
potential investors" during recent weeks and is "confident"
that a financial backer can be found.
£12bn project would see a causeway being built between Brean
Down and Lavernock Point in Wales to generate 'green' energy from
the Severn estuary.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I can't comment in detail at the
moment, however I am prepared to say that the project is alive
and well, with positive talks continuing."
issues that have previously dogged the project are being resolved.
first - the turbine halls with the government-agreed ebb and flow
requirement - can now use the Gokhman tri-wall hydraulic system
which resolves the environmental issues raised by the RSPB since
a computer-programmed energy ebb and flow system will address
the bird population needs. This will mean there are no adverse
effects to the bird population of the Severn."
the issue regarding shipping delays through the energy causeway
wall in the estuary have been mitigated by creating a free-flow
shipping channel with no stop locks. This will provide access
at any time without loss of energy creation."
Woodham's comments come a fortnight after separate proposals were
revealed for a power-generating
tidal lagoon in Bridgwater Bay.
recent announcement of plans to build a lagoon here, which is
one of seven across the UK, do not affect my plans for a barrage
from Brean to Lavernock Point. In fact, I welcome other green
energy creation projects in the estuary," he said.
look forward to the Swansea lagoon project in particular, which
will be the first step towards hydraulic energy creation in the
Severn. This will provide an assurance to the government that
it can work here and will help our project."