Severn Tidal Power Study Moves Ahead

Work to determine the potential of a tidal energy generator in the Severn Estuary is continuing with the appointment of a consortium led by consulting firm Parsons Brinckerhoff, by the UK’s department of Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR).

UK Energy Secretary John Hutton announced the start of the two year long feasibility study in January. BERR and the consortium will now being a Strategic Environmental Assessment. This is a major part of the Severn Tidal Power Feasibility Study and will provide analysis of how the environment around the estuary will be affected if a tidal range power project goes ahead.

“A Severn tidal power project could be larger in size, output and cost than any other energy project in this country. It has the potential to generate up to 5% of the UK’s electricity demand and contribute significantly to the proposed EU renewable energy targets. It’s therefore vitally important we undertake the most thorough and exhaustive study and contract the right companies to take this work forward,” Hutton said.

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