Neath MP Peter Hain to give Severn barrage evidence to fellow MPs
NEATH MP Peter Hain is due to put the case for a Severn barrage to the Energy and Climate Change Committee tomorrow.
Mr Hain will kick-start an "evidence session" about the £25 billion barrage proposed by Hafren Power.
Members of the cross-party committee will also quiz conservationists, engineers, trade union leaders and senior port figures, including Matthew Kennerley, ABP port director South Wales, Associated British Ports.
Last month, executives from Hafren Power said their proposals could generate five per cent of the UK's electricity for more than a century — equivalent to 2,500 offshore wind turbines or four nuclear reactors.
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Hafren wants to assemble the caissons — large airtight chambers — in Port Talbot and the turbines in Bristol and Wales, creating 20,000 jobs during a nine-year construction period.
There have been several studies into a barrage over the years.
Tomorrow's evidence session will explore potential benefits of the Hafren scheme, plus environmental implications.
A separate company, Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay, has said it could meet Swansea's electricity needs by building a lagoon in the bay to generate power.