Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Plans for a Severn Barrage may be found in the long grass

"Escalating costs" may have caused the coalition government to postpone to an undisclosed date a decision on a barrage across the Severn Estuary. At the ONS 2010 oil & energy conference in Stavanger yesterday, UK energy minister Charles Hendry refused to answer direct questions about the barrage, but gave a clear signal that whichever scheme was chosen would not start any time soon.

It will be interesting to know if those who have been holding back on tidal lagoon schemes for the Severn Estuary, because of planning blight due to the barrage, will now be encouraged to push them forward.

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