Pembrokeshire Tidal Barrage Moves Forward

Eon and Lunar Energy are moving forward with plans to construct one of the world’s largest tidal stream power stations off the coast of Pembrokshire. The two companies have now filed a scoping report with the Department of Business, Enterprise, and Regulatory Reform (DBERR) and other key stakeholders. This is the first step toward obtaining permission to proceed with the project.

The ground-breaking project will use tidal streams – fast-moving currents caused by rising and falling tides – to power a network of large turbines on the sea floor. If approved, the multi-million pound scheme could generate enough electricity to power up to 5,000 homes.

“The waters off the coast of Wales have some of the greatest potential for marine-generated energy in Europe,” said Amaan Lafayette, Marine Development manager at Eon UK. “This project will help us harness the power of the tides and turn that potential into the clean, renewable energy we need to help fight the effects of climate change.”

“If approved, this scheme will be one of the world’s largest tidal stream projects of its kind, representing a fantastic opportunity to establish Wales as a global leader in marine energy development.”

Early feasibility studies have been completed, and a comprehensive environmental impact assessment will now be conducted. If approved, the plant is expected to be operational by 2010/11.

Eon intends to invest £1 billion in green projects in the United Kingdom over the next five years, and is currently developing the Robin Rigg offshore wind farm in the Solway Firth. It also recently completed the construction of the UK’s largest dedicated biomass power station at Steven’s Croft in Lockerbie.

Last Updated on December 30, 2021


Author: Indra Gupta

Indra is an in-house writer with a love of Newcastle United and all things sustainable.

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