Photos of how Swansea Bay's tidal lagoon could look
PHOTOS of what the new Swansea Bay tidal lagoon could look like have been unveiled.
The artists impressions show the current model, however, this could be subject to alteration as the developers finalise the plans.
The Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon is a £650million investment in the area.
It would be the first of its kind in the world and would create enough energy for 107,000 homes.
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Head of planning with the company behind the project, Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay Ltd, said: "The design has evolved and is continuing to evolve."We believe Swansea Bay has fantastic potential for the first man made tidal lagoon in the world."
The lagoon would have bi-directional turbines which would generate electricity 16 hours a day. That power would be taken to a National Grid sub-station in Baglan through underground cables.
It could also be educational and a tourist attraction, host sports events such as triathlons, feature art installation and be home to oysters, kelp and muscles.
A visitors' centre is also in the proposed for the end of the lagoon wall, which can be seen in the photos, but investigations are continuing as to wether that would be viable.
If given the go-ahead it could be switched on in 2017.
Swansea councillors welcomed the plans at a planning meeting last week, describing them as "exciting".
The organisation behind the scheme Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay Ltd intends to submit an application to the planning inspectorate at the end of September, beginning of October this year.This would follow a consultation period set to take place in July/July.
Due to the size of its output — 250MW — it will then go before the Secretary of State for Energy, who decides applications over 100MW. Plans will also have to go before Swansea councillors at a later date as the company seeks permission for the building work.