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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.

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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