Former Balfour Beatty boss Andrew McNaughton is to lead delivery of the new Swansea Tidal Lagoon scheme, its developer announced today.
McNaughton, a Fellow of the ICE, is to be construction director for Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay and will oversee the project’s delivery into operation.
“Every so often, the UK infrastructure industry witnesses a major project with the ability to redefine the sector worldwide,” said McNaughton. “The Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon is one such project, with a team and tier one supply chain that combines the best of British infrastructure with international expertise of the highest calibre. I am thrilled to return to the industry’s frontline to oversee its delivery.”
Tidal Lagoon Power chief executive Mark Shorrock added: “Andrew has been one of the leading lights in UK infrastructure for many years. We both share a view that the UK has a critical need for a new generation of power assets. Our vision is to build a scalable blueprint for a new form of power asset – Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon – and then deliver a series of tidal lagoons at a levelised cost of energy that is the same as nuclear power and combined cycle gas turbines.”
As both a project manager and an executive officer Andrew McNaughton has overseen major infrastructure projects in recent years including Terminals 2 and 5 at Heathrow, the widening of the M25 and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link. He held a range of executive positions in his 17 years at Balfour Beatty, including Chief Operating Officer and latterly Chief Executive Officer of Balfour Beatty.
He resigned from Balfour Beatty last spring.