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Keith Clarke lands tidal lagoon role

Former Atkins chief executive Keith Clarke has been handed a key role at the power firm planning to create a tidal energy plant in Wales.

Clarke was named non-executive chairman of Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay, which is aiming to start construction on the 320MW project next spring.

He will be renewing acquaintances with Atkins, as his former company was last month appointed to provide design and engineering support to the Swansea Bay project.

Clarke described the scheme as “extremely exciting”.

“It will set the standard for a new kind of energy infrastructure and has truly global implications,” he said.

“It is the right project at the right time for me and I am relishing the prospect of getting back into major project delivery and building a best-in-class team.” 

Clarke has non-executive director roles at the Future Cities Catapult; EngineeringUK; and Sirius Mineral.

He is chair of Forum for the Future; adviser to InfrastructureUK; member of the advisory board at Environmental Change Institute, Oxford; vice-president, Learned Society at the Institution of Civil Engineers; and visiting professor at the Imperial College and Aston University.

The Planning Inspectorate is considering Tidal Lagoon Power’s application for a 9.5km sea wall and renewable energy plant in South Wales.

Power could be connected to the grid by 2018.

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