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Sheffield firm joins Swansea Bay group

Yorkshire firm Sheffield Forgemasters has joined a body seeking to put together a homegrown supply chain for the proposed tidal lagoon at Swansea Bay.

The Planning Inspectorate is considering Tidal Lagoon Power’s application for a 9.5km sea wall and renewable energy plant on the site. The energy firm said earlier this year that it wanted Welsh construction companies to play a major role in the construction project.

The Wales Tidal Industry Advisory Group was established in January and has expanded to include representatives from UK and Welsh suppliers with the skills and capacity to support the project.

Chair Roger Evans said the group was targeting 50% Welsh and 65% UK suppliers for the lagoon.

Sheffield Forgemasters chief executive Graham Honeyman said: “This is one of the most exciting projects in British engineering and a positive step forward in the UK’s need to broaden its power generating capacity.  

“The UK has the facilities, and the companies, capable of some of the most technically advanced design and manufacture of engineered components in the world, and this project can utilise those skills and services.”

Evans added: “Our work to date proves that there is a world class cluster of manufacturing, assembly and construction businesses in Wales capable of creating a supply chain for Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon and a further five tidal lagoons across the UK.

“We are now reaching out to other suppliers throughout the UK to invite them to help us to ensure that we can meet the self-imposed 65% UK content benchmark, and will be reviewing the goup on a regular basis to ensure that all interested parties are able to contribute to this exciting opportunity.”

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