THE company behind plans for a tidal barrage scheme on the River Wyre say they are ready to do battle with gas storage bosses.
Wyre Tidal Energy, whose scheme would see a lagoon created at the river estuary say a ‘yes’ for the Halite Energy plans will mean a ‘no’ for the barrage.
Marketing director David Jones today told The Gazette he was ready for a fight.
He said: “We are trying not to wage war with Halite because there is no need to go down that path but we are ready for battle.
“If Halite were to go ahead with their plans to store gas under fields Over Wyre, it would be too dangerous for us to lay our footings.
“If you think about laying foundations near huge pockets of gas, it is just not sensible.”
The barrage would see a lagoon created at the Wyre estuary, and the use of sustainable tidal energy to create electricity from a turbine system.
It could create thousands of jobs including construction and leisure posts.
Mr Jones said: “It would be a huge loss to Fleetwood if the barrage didn’t go ahead – the proposal is 10 times stronger an offering for the town.
“We are offering up to 10,000 local jobs, from construction to maintenance, and the knock-on benefits to local traders and leisure.
“Halite is offering potentially hazardous gas.
Wyre Tidal Energy now hopes it gets the go-ahead for its scheme – expected to be lodged imminently – before any decision is made on Halite’s proposals.
If approved the barrage would be built within the next seven years.
Keith Budinger, chief executive of Halite Energy said its proposal will offer 3,000 direct and indirect jobs at its peak.
He added: “Given the location and nature of the proposed Wyre Tidal Barrage has yet to be determined it is difficult to comment on any potential conflict.
“However, our proposed project would have no direct impact on the River Wyre.
“If Wyre Tidal Energy had concerns they had ample opportunity to raise them either during the consultation process or as part of the representations to the Planning Inspectorate in February this year, neither of which they have participated in.”