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Boost for £200M tidal barrage scheme in Lancashire

A renewable energy firm aims to build a £200M tidal barrage across a Lancashire river by 2020 after securing a deal to use the land.

Natural Energy Wyre was awarded the exclusive right to build tidal power infrastructure in the river Wyre by land owner Duchy of Lancaster.

Arup and Hyder are acting as consultants on the 90MW/hr Wyre Tidal Barrage scheme, which could start on site by the end of 2017. First it needs to negotiate the planning process and secure funding.

Natural Energy Wyre managing director Bob Long said: “This is a real milestone in the project, it’s one of the most exciting stages now and gives us the green light to move forward with the next stage in developing a clean renewable energy project right here in the North West of the UK.”

The barrage would cover the 600m span of the mouth of the river and include six turbines.

It would benefit from an emergency vehicle access road; pedestrian and cyclist access to each side of the river; a multipurpose learning and development centre; two lock pits; and views out to sea.

Duchy of Lancaster head of project management Graeme Chalk said: “This project reflects the Duchy’s commitment to environmental sustainability and the use of renewable energy.

“We look forward to working with the team at Natural Energy Wyre as they take this project forward to deliver the full range of benefits proposed. Once planning and development issues have been resolved, the tidal barrage will provide a source of green and affordable energy for many years to come.”

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