Plans for a giant tidal lagoon off Colwyn Bay are set to take a massive step forward when a government funded review backs the technology today.
Charles Hendry will publish his report into the viability of the renewable energy technology later, and will recommend the UK builds lagoons to capture energy from the sea.
He will support the £1.3bn Tidal Lagoon Power pilot project at Swansea, with plans then for the development of a network of larger lagoons around the UK, including Colwyn Bay.
The UK government still needs to agree on a deal and a marine licence would also need to be approved.
Tidal project would bring hope of 2,500 new jobs
Former UK energy minister Mr Hendry has been gathering evidence for nearly a year for his independent inquiry, including visits to all the potential sites and discussions with industry.
Speaking ahead of the report, Mr Hendry told the BBC: “If you look at the cost spread out over the entire lifetime – 120 years for the project – it comes out at about 30p per household for the next 30 years. That’s less than a pint of milk.
“That’s where I think we can start a new industry and we can do it at an affordable cost to consumers.”
Tidal Lagoon Power want to build six power-generating lagoons in the UK.
The lagoon Colwyn Bay, which would generate energy using underwater turbines powered by tides, could stretch from Rhos Point to Prestatyn .
Source : DailyPost