Welsh Conservatives back findings of tidal lagoon review

Welsh Conservatives have backed the findings of an independent review – published this morning at 11am – into the feasibility and practicality of tidal lagoon energy.

The review will back plans for a £1.3bn tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay, which David Melding AM – Welsh Conservative Shadow Secretary to the Environment – said he “fully” supports, adding that it was now his expectation that the project will be carried forward.

“I am very pleased that the evidence submitted by the Welsh Conservative group has been backed by the findings of this review – the analysis and recommendations of which we fully support,” said David Melding AM.

“Tidal energy holds great promise to be the most reliable and resilient source of green energy available. It is our hope and expectation that this project will now be taken forward.

“Wales led the way in the 19th century as an energy economy based on coal. Now we have the prospect of leading the world in the generation of non-carbon renewable energy.

“Indeed, the tidal lagoon offers exciting opportunities for the whole Welsh economy in terms of jobs, manufacturing and research and development.”

Welsh Conservative South Wales West AM, Suzy Davies, added: “The findings and recommendations of the Hendry review are very welcome and I hope they will be the spur needed to take this project forward.

“For some time now, there has rightly been much excitement about the prospect of a tidal lagoon in Swansea, which could propel Wales to be global pioneers in the application of this exciting technology.

“The benefits to the economy and future energy needs of Wales, the UK and wider world of this technology are potentially massive and I look forward to seeing progress in making the project a reality.”

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