Consultant Mott MacDonald is to advise on two newly proposed tidal power schemes in the North West.
Northern Tidal Power Gateways is working up the two schemes that could generate 6,500GW from Morecambe Bay and 100GW from the Duddon Estuary. With a combined cost of £8bn, the schemes include a link to the M6 and other transport infrastructure, which it is hoped will boost economic growth in the area. Mott MacDonald is to analyse the potential wider economic benefits of the tidal plan.
The project promoter said it hoped to move into the feasibility phase in autumn 2017.
Northern Tidal Power Gateways is backed by Alan Torevell, chair of fund manager Dewhurst Torevell. “We have been engaged in promoting this project for over four years with substantial help from the University of Lancaster, the National Environmental Research Council and others along the way,” Torevell said.
Mott MacDonald project director David Stork described it as an “exciting and ambitious project”, adding that it had the potential to be “transformational for the North West”.
The tidal “gateways” are expected to create over 7,500 construction jobs and add more than £300M per year to the North West economy during construction.