Tidal Lagoon Power has launched a tender for the design and construction of a new £22M turbine manufacturing and pre-assembly plant in Swansea Bay.
The company said that the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon had been brought forward as a pathfinder project for UK and international tidal lagoons at full-scale.
The 100m-long turbine manufacturing and pre-assembly plant will be located between the Kings and Queens Dock at Swansea Bay, following a competitive tender of potential locations for the facility last year, it said.
The power company added that the facility would receive major turbine components from manufacturers across Wales and wider Britain, with all machining and pre-assembly of the 16, 7.2m runner diameter turbines required by the pathfinder tidal lagoon taking place on site.
The company has also published a report, called Ours to Own, on the scale of the British industrial opportunity as presented by tidal lagoons. It said that it set out how Britain’s move to become the first producer of major components for tidal lagoon turbines, generators and turbine housings at Swansea Bay would give it a significant advantage in the market as the tidal lagoon sector scaled in the UK and worldwide.
“British industry sees a number of attractions in tidal lagoons – predictable energy generation to maintain security of supply, the potential for long-term cost reduction with deployment at scale, and significant opportunities for British manufacturing during construction,” commented Energy Intensive Users Group director Jeremy Nicholson.
Tidal Lagoon Power said that the immediate opportunity for the UK’s engineering, construction, steel and manufacturing industries was to win contracts totalling over £800M at Swansea Bay and over £6bn for the first project to employ its template at full-scale at Cardiff.
In addition to significant value captured through project design, services and operations, and more than £500M of investment in new UK industrial facilities, the report found the potential value of the tidal lagoon sector to UK industry to be:
- Domestic market for Made in Britain tidal lagoon turbines and generators is £17bn
- Domestic market for Made in Britain tidal lagoon turbine housings is £24bn
- Exports to international tidal lagoon market is £30bn.
“This report captures the hard work of today’s industrialists to ensure tidal lagoons are British-engineered, that the manufacturing supply chain is British, and that we seize and own what can be a seventy billion pound sector for this nation. It is an extraordinary opportunity,” said Tidal Lagoon Power chief executive Mark Shorrock.
“180 years ago Brunel built the Great Western Railway and we still celebrate that British manufacturing and engineering success today. A roll out of tidal lagoons will be of equally significant scale and will also benefit our country for over a century”.
For tender details, click here.