Brean barrage "dead in water" for now, says leading supporter (From Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News)
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Brean barrage "dead in water" for now, says leading supporter
A KEY supporter of a proposed £25billion tidal barrage between Brean and South Wales says a lack of government support has left the project “dead in the water”.
Labour MP Peter Hain, who quit his post as Shadow Welsh Secretary last year to devote his time to supporting consortium Hafren Power's bid for a Severn Barrage, said there was now little hope of the project going forward - at least until after the next General Election.
He told BBC Radio Wales: "It (the UK government) refuses to say whether it backs it or opposes it.
"In practice it has put it into the long grass and therefore as far as this Parliament is concerned it is dead in the water but not as far as the future is concerned."
Mr Hain accused the government of a “stubborn refusal” to engage with the project.
He added: "It's very, very disappointing because it could have been and still could be under a future government in a future Parliament an absolutely key part of producing our energy security."
Supporters say the barrage could meet 5% of the UK's energy needs and create up to 30,000 jobs.
However, a report from the Energy and Climate Change Committee earlier this year said Hafren Power's proposal had not addressed “serious environmental concerns”, nor had it made a strong enough economic case for the barrage to go ahead.
Much like Hinkley Point C, the Brean barrage scheme would be led by a private company, but would be reliant on Government support, in particular a 30-year agreement over the price paid for the energy created.
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