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Energy: Severn Barrage

Volume 702: debated on Tuesday 24 June 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether the strategic review of proposals for a Severn Barrage will consider alternatives to a fixed barrage, such as canals, reservoirs or permanently submerged turbines and radial generators; and when the review will report. [HL4034]

The Severn Tidal Power feasibility study is considering all tidal range technologies, not just a barrage. As part of the feasibility study, Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB) issued a call for proposals which closed on 13 June.

PB will appraise all known proposals over the summer, and we expect to consult publicly on a shortlist of options in the autumn. The feasibility study is expected to report in early 2010 and will be published for consultation at the time.