“The UK Government should come clean and tell us if Swansea Bay tidal lagoon won’t happen”


As the anniversary of the report supporting the cause of a Swansea Bay tidal lagoon nears, Plaid Cymru Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Energy Simon Thomas has called on the UK Government to be honest on its fate.

Simon Thomas said that it looks unlikely that the lagoon will be built after it was omitted from the UK Government’s industrial strategy.

Simon Thomas said that on the anniversary of the Hendry Review which backed the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon, the UK Government should be honest with people.

Plaid Cymru Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Energy Simon Thomas said:

“Almost a year ago, the Hendry Review supported plans for a Swansea Bay tidal lagoon and declared that it would be a “no regrets” option. Fast forward many months and the UK Government has still failed to back the plan. During this time it has published its list of forthcoming infrastructure projects which omitted the tidal lagoon from its plans.

“People in Wales are hopeful that this innovative new technology will be developed on our doorstep and politicians and experts have lent their support for the plans. But if the UK Government is going to reject plans for the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon then it needs to come clean and tell us. Its dithering needs to stop.

“Wales could be a world leader in green technology. We have some of the best raw materials in the world and if we can develop the infrastructure to harness that then we could make a huge impact on reducing our carbon footprint.

“If Wales had the power over our natural resources then we could have approved plans for the tidal lagoon long ago. That’s why Plaid Cymru will continue to make the case for the full devolution of Wales’ natural resources, and we will continue to make the case for the development of this innovative and important project.”

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