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July 14, 2013

Formal consultation starts for Swansea Bay tidal lagoon project in UK

The formal consultation process has started on the UK's £650m Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay (TLSB) project.

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Swansea Bay tidal lagoon

The formal consultation process has started on the UK’s £650m Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay (TLSB) project.

As part of consultation, public exhibitions will take place at 18 locations around the Swansea Bay area until 5 August.

Planned to be located in Welsh coastal waters, the proposed tidal lagoon will have a power generation capacity of 240MW, generating 400GWh net annual output, which is enough to power approximately 121,000 homes.

LDA is both masterplanner and landscape architect for the development, which will feature visitor facilities and other amenities such as art, education, mariculture and recreational facilities.

The company will apply to the UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change through the Planning Inspectorate (PINS), for a development consent order (DCO).

LDA Design partner Alister Kratt said the formal consultation process forms an important part of the DCO application.

"As the project develops, the opportunities that the masterplan provides should secure significant benefits for Swansea."

"As the project develops, the opportunities that the masterplan provides should secure significant benefits for Swansea, including the completion of an attractive marine park, which extends into the bay," Kratt said.

In order to control the flow of seawater to generate electricity, the tidal lagoon will be constructed by forming a 9.5km-long, U-shaped seawall running from Swansea Port out to sea before curving back to re-join land near Swansea University’s new Science and Innovation Campus.

Plans also include a turbine/sluice gate housing structure in the south-western part of the seawall.

TLSB head of planning Alex Herbert said: "All feedback from consultation will be taken into account as we move towards making a planning application later this year."

iCreate has developed a 3D programme in collaboration LDA Design and the project marine engineers, Atkins.

Image: The tidal lagoon will be located in coastal waters in Swansea. Photo: courtesy of LDA Design.

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