Plans for UK-wide tidal energy scheme announced
Pratical Boat Owner: Plans for a fleet of six tidal lagoons across the UK have been unveiled by Tidal Lagoon Power.
The proposed Cardiff Tidal Lagoon would be the UK’s first full-scale tidal lagoon power plant. It follows the pioneering Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon, a scheme developed to establish a scalable blueprint for the sector and due to receive a planning decision by 10 June 2015.
Tidal Lagoon Power has also confirmed that early feasibility and engagement work is underway relating to the delivery of four other full-scale UK tidal lagoons at Newport, West Cumbria, Colwyn Bay and Bridgwater Bay.
Together, the national fleet of six lagoons could meet 8% of the UK’s total electricity requirement for 120 years.
Plans for Tidal Lagoon Cardiff include up to 90 turbines set within a 22km breakwater that will enclose an area of around 70km2 with an average tidal range of 9.21m.
The Western landfall would be approximately 2km from the entrance to Cardiff Bay and the Eastern landfall would be approximately 2km from the mouth of the River Usk.
The lagoon has a design life of 120 years, will generate power for approximately 14 hours each day and could be powered on in 2022.
Best tidal resource in Europe
Mark Shorrock, Chief Executive of Tidal Lagoon Power, said: ‘Full-scale tidal lagoon infrastructure gives the UK an opportunity to generate electricity from our amazing tidal range at a cost comparable to fossil fuel or nuclear generation.
‘We have the best tidal resource in Europe and the second best worldwide. We now have a sustainable way to make the most of this natural advantage.
“We will build on the template established for the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon – applying the expertise and learning, scaling the UK supply chain and Turbine Assembly Plant, leveraging the institutional investor partnerships we have developed – to deliver a Cardiff Tidal Lagoon capable of working in harmony with nature to supply around 1.5 million UK homes, now and for generations to come, with affordable, reliable, low carbon electricity.
‘There is still a long way to go and many environmental surveys to undertake but we will work in partnership with all nature conservation bodies so as to understand, avoid, minimise and mitigate any environmental impacts.’
Tidal Lagoon Power Limited expects to submit a full planning application for Tidal Lagoon Cardiff in 2017, with a decision then expected in 2018. The lagoon would take up to five years to build.