Tidal Lagoon - West Cumbria
At the 23rd June Town Team Meeting Rodger Woods and Magnus Henderson gave a very well attended Town Team meeting an overview of the new multi-billion pound tidal lagoon planned for the West Cumbrian coastline. Local MP Sue Hayman was also in the audiance.
The idea of tidal power was meet with a warm welcome and the town team learnt more of the proposal, with a question & awnser session at the end of the presentation.
It was explanined:
The potential benefits of a tidal lagoon development span a wide range of issues and areas, from the more obvious environmental wins (reduced emissions and reliable low carbon electricity), to positive impacts on the local economy and regeneration plans, and beyond this to social inclusion and health benefits.
Electricity The lagoon will produce sustainable and predictable electricity during 120 years of operation.
Supply chain and construction jobs for West Cumbria Many of the component parts for the building of the lagoon could be manufactured or fabricated locally. These include turbine housings, sluice gates, flood doors, rails, electrical controls, hydraulics, precast concrete components, the visitor centre and ancillary buildings. Anticipated investment for these components is estimated to be in excess of £500m. During peak construction, an estiimated 1,900 FTE (full time equivalent) jobs would be created or supported, covering a range of skill levels.
Pre-application, operations and maintenance, and tourism/leisure jobs Throughout the development process we have looked for local expertise and awarded Welsh contracts where appropriate. Once constructed, up to 300 FTE jobs would be created or supported throughout the operational life of the lagoon. As an operational power station and a tourism facility attracting 70-100,000 visitors per annum, it is estimated that the annual impact of the lagoon on Cumbria GVA (Gross Value Added) could amount to approximately £76 million per year.
Recreation and amenity facilities Our ambition is for the lagoon to become a major attraction and recreational amenity. We are committed to showcasing tidal range technology and providing a unique venue for opportunities in the arts, culture, education, recreation and conservation.
Sports There is significant potential for the tidal lagoon to become a foundation venue for local and national sports use. This includes cycling, walking, angling and running around the lagoon wall, as well as open water swimming, rowing and sailing within the lagoon itself.
Regeneration As part of our ambitions to develop the West Cumbria Region, the tidal lagoon could form a cornerstone development for the area as regards marine energy, as well as helping to facilitate local regeneration objectives in West Cumbria and stimulating a vibrant waterfront economy.