Another nail was knocked into the coffin of the controversial Swansea Bay Tidal Barrage scheme in the House of Commons by Energy Minister Greg Clark yesterday.
Mr Clark has now revealed that the Swansea Tidal Lagoon – if built – would turn out to be MORE THAN TWICE AS EXPENSIVE as the new nuclear power station being built at Hinkley Point – on the opposite side of the Bristol Channel to Penarth.
Replying to Albert Owen (Labour MP for Anglesey) Mr Clark said “I share the hon. Gentleman’s enthusiasm for green energy, as he knows, and I am proud of our achievements. Since 2010, we have quadrupled the proportion of our electricity that comes from renewable sources. However, as the hon. Gentleman understands from being on the Select Committee, we also have a responsibility to minimise the impact on consumers’ bills. The Swansea proposal was very much more expensive—more than twice as expensive—as the Hinkley nuclear power station, for example. As I said, though, we are in discussions with our colleagues in the Welsh Government. I do not want to close the door on something if it is possible to find a way to justify it as being affordable to consumers.”
Mr Clark’s statement not only appears to scupper the Swansea Lagoon – but also pours cold sea water on the proposals to build a much larger power-generating lagoon off Penarth and Cardiff.
The controversial Cardiff Lagoon would be so big it would – in effect build a 50 foot high concrete curtain across the entire sea-front of Penarth from Cardiff Docks, past Penarth Pier and beyond Cliff Walk – thus wrecking the view from Penarth Esplanade and Penarth Pier.