Marine energy firm Atlantis is planning a 160MW tidal barrage in the Wyre estuary with company boss Tim Cornelius touting it as the “pathfinder project the UK government is looking for”.
The firm has signed heads of terms with the Duchy of Lancaster for an option for the long-term lease of the riverbed and hopes to start building the array after obtaining consents, which would take around three years. The scheme would also act as a flood protection mechanism.
“We believe our tidal barrage and flood protection project in the Wyre estuary offers a route to low cost, predictable and sustainable domestic electricity supply,” said Cornelius.
“This is the pathfinder project the UK government is looking for, with the potential to facilitate wide-scale development of the UK’s enviable tidal range resources.
“The development, construction and operation of tidal barrages, a well understood and proven predictable renewable energy technology, will stimulate local economies across the country, establishing improved infrastructure and creating job and supply chain opportunities.
“Tidal barrages will also provide a good balance for the UK’s renewable portfolio which is currently heavily weighted with intermittent offshore wind,” said Cornelius.
Duchy head of project management and MD of the Foreshore Survey, Graeme Chalk, said:
“As a responsible landowner, the Duchy is committed to encouraging sustainability in all its forms, including the generation of sustainable energy. The introduction of a tidal barrage between Fleetwood and Knott End could bring great benefits to the local economy as well as cheaper, cleaner energy and we look forward to seeing Atlantis deliver these as the project progresses.”
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