Study to predict lagoon impact on environment
LAGOON plans for Swansea Bay take another step forward when the developer presents the findings of its environmental impact assessment (EIA).
A day of presentations takes place at the Liberty Stadium on October 17 in which all aspects of design will be covered, plus an assessment of the lagoon's impacts on landscape and seascape, coastal processes, sediment transport, water quality, navigation, marine ecology, terrestrial ecology and coastal birds, among others.
The EIA will effectively form part of Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay's consent application in December for the £650million- plus scheme and follows on from its widely-read preliminary version.
Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay head of planning Alex Herbert said: "We recognise that no major infrastructure project of this scale can be developed without some environmental impact and have sought to minimise in all aspects of the project's design."
He said the preliminary environmental impact assessment showed potential effects during construction, operation and decommissioning were limited and predominantly contained to Swansea Bay itself.
"The results of the full environmental impact assessment will provide further detail from the independent experts conducting these assessments, as well as mitigation measures being proposed," said Mr Herbert.
The company said 2,500 people from the Swansea Bay area had completed questionnaires about the lagoon, 86 per cent of which were supportive.
Some concerns about the project's potential impact were raised in a Swansea Council-commissioned study by White Consultants, while Swansea University professor Ian Cluckie has previously called for a fully independent analysis of the project, citing sediment movement and water quality modelling as areas requiring further, detailed work.
To register for the October 17 event, email tidaladmin@ tidallagoonpower.com by October 10.