A major project to build the UK’s first estuary tidal barrage is a step nearer today after a funding drive started to submit plans for the scheme.
The £200m proposals for River Wyre by Natural Energy Wyre could see the first tidal energy power station in the UK constructed, with a capacity of 90 megawatts per hour of electrical energy powered by tidal movement.
Natural Energy Wyre is now securing the £10m stage one funding which is needed for full completion of the planning application for the project.
Managing director Bob Long said: “This is a real milestone in the project, it’s one of the most exciting stages now and gives us the green light to move forward with the next stage in developing a clean renewable energy project right here in the North West of the UK.
“This is great news for all local people, on both sides of the river and beyond—a real opportunity to be involved in helping the UK become less dependent on imported energy and the burning of fossil fuels.”
The project, which would have a lifespan of more than 120 years, would provide electricity for tens of thousands of homes in the UK and, say bosses, will support the National Grid and UK Government in their clean renewable energy objectives.
Currently the UK Government has a commitment to deliver 15 per of its energy from renewables by 2020, but it currently only achieves five per cent.
Once the planning application is submitted, a planning and consultation stage will take place.
If approved, the barrage could be built within three years.