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Tidal Power: River Severn

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps have been taken to ensure that the results of the Strategic Environmental Assessment of short-listed options for the generation of tidal power in the Severn Estuary have been made available to the developers of proposals under the Severn Embryonic Technologies scheme. (307584)

The Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) is still underway and results will not be available until it completes next year. The SEA work is at this stage specific to five shortlisted schemes and its findings do not necessarily apply to the fundamentally different embryonic technologies being considered by the Severn Embryonic Technologies scheme.

Severn Embryonic Technologies scheme proposers have been briefed on the findings from the scoping stage of the SEA and are using this information and the range of published feasibility study reports as they progress in further defining their emerging designs. Proposers have also benefited from advice from the Parsons Brinckerhoff consortium, who are conducting the SEA.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what mechanisms are in place to ensure that delays in completion of the Strategic Environmental Assessment of short-listed options for the generation of tidal power in the Severn Estuary will not adversely affect the development of proposals under the Severn Embryonic Technologies Scheme; and if he will make a statement. (307585)

We are not anticipating delays to the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) that would impact on the proposals under the Severn Embryonic Technologies Scheme (SETS). The final reports from the proposals supported under the scheme are expected to be received from the project proposers before completion of the SEA.

The SEA work is at this stage specific to five shortlisted schemes and its findings do not necessarily apply to the fundamentally different embryonic technologies being considered by the Severn Embryonic Technologies Scheme.