City chiefs poised for Swansea lagoon debate
CITY leaders debate the biggest engineering scheme in Swansea for generations on Thursday.
And the vast tidal lagoon planned for the bay has raised plenty of questions.
Swansea councillors have a 115-page report to absorb ahead of tomorrow afternoon’s meeting, with feedback from key departments.
They will be asked to commend the report to developer Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay and ask it to address the findings of a council-commissioned study.
That study, by White Consultants, assessed the developer’s preliminary environmental information report, and concluded that it covered a lot of ground “but does not focus sufficiently on what is important for Swansea Bay”.
The £650million-plus scheme is recognised in the council report to have many benefits, not least generating the equivalent of nine per cent of Wales’ domestic electricity needs.
But it is the structure’s potential effect on sediment patterns - and the developer’s modelling, thus far, of this potential effect - that is repeatedly brought up in the report.
The manager of Swansea Marina, meanwhile, suggested that large waves could develop along the western lagoon wall, which leads to the marina entrance, and wondered if the suction effect of the lagoon’s turbines could cause problems for drifting boats whose engines may have failed.
- Read more in tomorrow's Post.