The Government is expected to back a report into the pioneering Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon project later this week. If the scheme is successful, it would be the gateway to six further projects, which could provide cheap, clean, renewable electricity for 10% of the UK.
The review, which was commissioned by Ministers during David Cameron’s premiership, was widely viewed as a way of killing the project. Whitehall sources say, however, that the review is broadly positive towards the £1.3bn scheme.
Tidal energy works, unsurprisingly, using the tides.. An enclosed lagoon fills up at high tide, spinning turbines that power generators as water makes its way through them, and at low tide, creates yet more power as the falling water levels move the turbines even more.
The project is set to provide energy at a similar cost to the Hinckley Point nuclear power station, and would move Britain closer to meeting its carbon emission targets – which have already been breached for the 2017 calendar year.