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Severn Barrage Project

Volume 447: debated on Thursday 8 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated into the merits of a Severn Barrage Project. (73855)

Between 1978 and 1994 the Government supported the most comprehensive programme of research and development on tidal energy in the world at an overall cost in excess of £20 million. Those studies considered tidal barrage energy schemes at a number of potential sites, the largest being in the Severn estuary. The results of the Severn Barrage study were reported in Energy Paper 57 (ISBN 0 11 412952 5).

The most recent study of the Severn scheme was carried out by the Severn Tidal Power Group in 2002 and available at www.dti.gov.uk/files/filel5363.pdf? pubpdfdload=02%2F644

The Department is currently part way through an energy review that will consider all options and opportunities for ensuring we meet our medium and longer-term energy goals.