Plans for the Severn barrage need to be improved as they ‘lack detailed credible evidence’ according to the government.
The Energy and Climate Change Committee has filed a report ‘A Severn Barrage?’, in reponse to which the government has said that Hafren Power’s plans don’t demonstrate that it could deliver the benefits it claims to achieve’.
Hafren Power, which has drawn up plans for the 11 mile barrage between Lavernock Point, seven miles south of Cardiff, and Brean near Weston-super-Mare, would need to provide “much more detailed, credible evidence of their project before [government] would consider it further”.
The government’s repsonse has not entirely ruled out barrage plans adding it is “prepared to further consider the Hafren Power proposal” once additional “evidence to substantiate claims of how much of the proposed benefits can be delivered”.
“The government remains keen to hear about well-developed proposals for harnessing the power of the Severn estuary – be it through a barrage or other means.”