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100 businesses call for green light for tidal lagoon 'as soon as possible'

Over 100 leading Welsh businesses have signed a letter to the Prime Minister, urging her to give the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon project the green light as soon as possible.

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The letter, which was hand-delivered to 10 Downing Street today has been signed by companies in South West Wales including Tata Steel UK, Penderyn, Castell Howell Foods, WRW Construction and Andrew Scott Ltd.

Chris Pearlman, Swansea City Football Club's Chief Operating Officer, and Roger Blythe, Chairman of Ospreys Rugby, have also signed the letter, along with senior representatives of major companies including Cuddy Group, Dawnus Construction Holdings, Coastal Housing, Day's Rental and Owens Group.

Together, the companies who have signed the letter employ more than 30,000 people.

It's now been over 10 months since Charles Hendry, the UK Government's own independent inspector, concluded that the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon is a 'no regrets' option.

All we've heard since then is that the Government will make a decision is due course, but enough is enough. Investor confidence in the scheme means a decision is time-critical, so I'm calling on the Prime Minister to listen to the people of South Wales and approve this project now.

– Cllr Rob Stewart, Swansea Council Leader

Concerns over future of Swansea Bay tidal lagoon

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There's serious concern for the world-first tidal lagoon in Swansea after it's believed the company behind the project could go out of business within months.

Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay have been forced to lay-off a fifth of its 100-strong work force after failing to agree a strike price for the energy the tidal lagoon would create.

It's also thought hundreds of local people in Swansea could be set to lose out on investments after the company raised £22m through a share scheme to pay for the planning application.

If the lagoon's development was to be scrapped planned lagoons for Cardiff, Newport and Colwyn Bay would also be likely to be shelved.

But Member of Parliament Byron Davies says talks between the company and the government are still on-going.


Swansea business owners excited by £500m city regeneration plans

Representatives from Swansea Council are in London today to showcase plans for a £500m re-development of the city centre.

Iconic buildings and sites such as the Civic Centre have been placed on the market in the hope developers will invest in what is described as a 'the best chance in a generation' to regenerate the city centre.

Today the public will get the first view of fly-through designs that architects say will 're-link' Swansea city centre to the sea, as part of ambitious plans to turn the city into the financial capital of Wales.

Union backs Swansea lagoon proposals

One of the largest unions in Wales, Unite, has thrown its weight behind proposals to bring a tidal lagoon to Swansea Bay.

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The £800m project could provide electricity for thousands of homes in Wales.

It's expected to be completed by 2018.

The union understands the project will create over 1900 full time jobs during the construction phase, with further jobs becoming available post construction.

“The lagoon is both superb and significant in terms of the vision, energy and employment potential it could bring to Wales. It represents the beginning of a whole new industry in South West Wales and opens the door of opportunity to sustainable skills and jobs that will not only be good for Welsh workers but for the wider Welsh economy."

– Andy Richards, Unite Wales

You can see more on this story on Coast and Country tonight on ITV Cymru Wales at 8pm.


Environmental group issues cautious welcome to Swansea lagoon as planning application submitted

Friends of the Earth Cymru have issued a cautious welcome to the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon project, which is submitting its planning application today.

Provided they meet strict environmental criteria, tidal lagoons can play a key role in building a low-carbon future, supplying clean electricity to many thousands of homes.

With its huge coastline, the UK has plenty of potential for developing more schemes like this - along with other renewable forms of energy.

We look forward to reading the detailed application for Swansea's tidal lagoon, to satisfy ourselves that we can give this potentially valuable project our full support.

– Gareth Clubb, Director, Friends of the Earth Cymru

Swansea lagoon planning application a 'major step'

The submission of a planning application today for a tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay marks a "major step" towards realising one of the UK's "most game-changing infrastructure projects", according to the CEO of Tidal Lagoon Power, Mark Shorrock.

The project would see a 9.5 km long sea wall built to capture enough renewable energy from incoming and outgoing tides to power over 120,000 homes for 120 years

Today marks a major step towards realising one of the UK's most game-changing infrastructure projects: the world's first tidal lagoon power plant.

Until now, tidal energy has been heavily promoted by governments and environmentalists as an intuitive source of clean and reliable energy for our island nation, but the business response has focused on relatively small-scale tidal stream devices.

The UK has the second highest tidal range in the world and today we are submitting an application for a development that will prove that this resource can be harnessed in a way that makes economic, environmental and social sense.

Tidal lagoons offer renewable energy at nuclear scale and thus the investment of hundreds of millions of pounds in UK industries and coastal communities.

Our intention is to supply 10 per cent of the UK's domestic electricity by building at least five full-scale tidal lagoons in UK waters by 2023, before the UK sees any generation from new nuclear.

Swansea Bay has a fantastic opportunity here to capitalise on first move advantage. We are delighted with the support to date and thank everybody for their help and encouragement so far including those local people who have taken the opportunity to invest in the project.

– Mark Shorrock, CEO of Tidal Lagoon Power

Swansea lagoon planning application to be submitted

The planning application for a tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay will be submitted today, which has been developed through "extensive consultation" over the last three years.

It will now be reviewed by the Planning Inspectorate before public examination and then determined by the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change. Natural Resources Wales will consider an application for the marine license that is required.

The project would see a 9.5 km long sea wall built to capture enough renewable energy from incoming and outgoing tides to power over 120,000 homes for 120 years.

Tidal Lagoon Power Limited has spent millions of pounds over the last three years developing its proof-of-concept project, alongside a consortium of internationally-renowned industrial businesses.

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