09 MAR 2016

SWANSEA'S TIDAL LAGOON COULD BRING 100s OF CONSTRUCTION JOBS TO PEMBROKESHIRE

Simon Hart MP has led a Parliamentary debate in support of the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon project which could bring 100s of jobs to Pembrokeshire.

The £1billion lagoon would see a six-mile sea wall built off the coast of Swansea and will be part of a scheme that sees similar lagoons built off Cardiff and Newport.

It has been given planning permission but is on hold while the Government decides the level of support it will give the scheme in terms of the guaranteed price for the power created.

Mr Hart is a keen supporter of the project and has called a Westminster Hall debate on Tuesday afternoon (8th March) which is expected to receive support from Welsh MPs from all political parties.

"The Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon will create nearly 2,000 construction jobs and hundreds of those could be based in Pembrokeshire's specialist energy engineering firms," he said.

"Over the next 10 years the UK will lose at least 11 coal fired power stations, followed by our ageing nuclear capability, so it is no exaggeration to say the lights will go off unless this energy shortfall is met.

"There will also be a positive impact on south west Wales' "tourism offer" and this will feed down to Pembrokeshire. The project is being supported by UK, Welsh and local government as well as economists and environmentalists."

Mr Hart called on the Government to commit fully to its manifesto pledge to support the Lagoon by announcing a realistic funding package.

"This project was a manifesto commitment and comes with widespread support," he added. "It has vast economic, social and practical benefits for Pembrokeshire, Wales and the UK. It is safe and clean and has a longer life span than most renewables.

"Timing is critical and the Government needs to commit now."

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