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Bristol Port Company boss says Severn barrage could kill his business

Artist impression of what the Severn Barrage will look like Credit: ITV West

The boss of the Bristol Port Company has told a committee of MPs that building a barrage across the Severn estuary could be a "killer" to his business.

Simon Bird was giving evidence to the Energy Select committee which is looking at the 25 billion pound scheme to generate electricity from tidal power. Simon Bird said a build-up of silt behind the barrage make it harder for large ships could reach the port.

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Support for Severn Barrage

Plans for a controversial barrage across the Severn estuary have gained the support of the former Welsh Secretary Peter Hain.

River Severn (both bridges shot)
The barrage would harness the tidal power of the River Severn Credit: ITV West

The scheme for a network of underwater turbines between Weston-super-Mare and Cardiff could generate 5% of Britain's energy by harnessing tidal power. Mr Hain says he is leaving the Shadow Cabinet to campaign for the barrage.

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