Call for a re-think on Severn Barrage as Hinkley Point C delays
entrepreneur behind plans to build a Severn Barrage between Brean
Down and Wales has this week called on the government to take
a fresh look at his project in the wake of ongoing delays to Hinkley
a visit to Burnham over the weekend, Gareth Woodham from the Severn
Lake project, pictured, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "This
is a golden opportunity for the government and the Energy Minister
Amber Rudd to revisit the barrage project, especially in light
of the uncertainty around the French company EDF's ability to
fund Hinkley's untested nuclear technology."
energy sources are needed in the UK and I would like to see the
natural power of the Severn Estuary harnessed, securing local
energy and creating local jobs around a whole 'ribbon development'."
added: "The delays in EDF's investment decision mean the
government has a chance to step back and re-think their energy
Woodham, who has been campaigning for hydro-electric energy from
the Severn Estuary for ten years, added: "We are proposing
a new fixed blade turbine scheme that will generate power from
the Severn Estuary at the lowest build cost and the highest output."
new turbine halls design for the barrage would deliver a full
solution to the ebb and flow output."
Hinkley Point C, he added: "The fear around untested nuclear
power in the south west should be removed."
on, I would like to see the funding for Severn Estuary power originating
here in the United Kingdom, supported by a government-backed bond
scheme paid over 100 years with discounted energy for the public,
not the huge 'strike price' currently planned using funding from
foreign investors such as China."
would be far better to have the project secured with UK funding,
safe in our hands, and with clean renewable energy being created
for the third millennium."