Cardiff Breakfast Club 26th March – Ioan Jenkins, Tidal Lagoon Power

Posted: March 26, 2015 in Cardiff Breakfast Club
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Ioan Jenkins, Tidal Lagoon Power

Ioan Jenkins, Tidal Lagoon Power

This month’s Breakfast Club meeting was a particularly busy event with the topic drawing a lot of interest. The meeting was addressed by Ioan Jenkins, Development Director for Tidal Lagoon Power, the company which is currently developing the world’s first tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay. 

Ioan began his presentation by explaining the basics of the Tidal Lagoon project. He described their business as “capturing the energy in the tide” in order to provide “reliable home-grown energy for up to 120 years.” The company aim to eventually deliver a fleet of 6 lagoons across the UK, providing low cost energy for a large proportion of the country.

According to Ioan, the Swansea Tidal Lagoon will create a new UK industry and long term UK jobs, with over £30bn worth of investment.  1,850 full time jobs stand to be created during the lagoon’s three year construction period alone.  If permission is granted for all 6 of the lagoons then an estimate of 35,800 jobs could be created, with over 70,000 roles during peak construction times.

The project will produce a huge amount of renewable energy – harnessing the 7-9m tidal range in Swansea along the length of the 9.5km long causeway and will generate enough energy for over 100,000 homes. This amounts to 85% of Swansea Bay’s domestic use and 11% of Wales’ domestic use. It will also provide an annual CO₂ saving of 236,000t.

Ioan also explained that they are hoping to have planning approved by the Secretary of State for Energy by early June, to allow building to commence by the beginning of next year. On this timescale, we could expect to be receiving the first power from the lagoon in late 2018 or early 2019.

Concluding his presentation, Ioan suggested that the lagoon would reduce the cost of living, keep up with the UK’s energy demands and protect and enhance the environment, whilst providing the opportunity to boost flood protection. It will also have a significant positive impact on education and the tourist industry.

Tessa Blazey then took over from Ioan to discuss the potential plans for a Cardiff Tidal Lagoon, which would be on a much larger scale than its Swansea counterpart. Compared to the Swansea area of 11km² the Cardiff lagoon would cover an estimated 70km², harnessing power from an average tide of 9.21m.

This lagoon would have the ability to generate enough energy for the whole of Wales. Although discussions are in the early stages, Tessa suggested that current indicators are wholly positive.

Breakfast club meetings are held monthly at St. David’s Hotel and Spa with a range of guest speakers. For further information and booking details, please or phone 02920 549597.

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