The Welsh Liberal Democrats have welcomed today’s backing of the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon in Charles Hendry’s report.
The government-commissioned report looked at the viability of the project and has given its backing to the innovative £1.3bn project in Swansea Bay.
Commenting on the announcement, Mark Williams, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, said:
"The announcement that the government-commissioned review has backed the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon project is fantastic news for Wales and the UK.
"The Liberal Democrats have long been fully supportive of the ambitious Tidal Lagoon project, which will help put the UK at the forefront of new green energy technology. If we are to meet our climate change targets, it is vital that we invest up front for these type of ambitious projects.
"The recommendation of the report is a huge step forward which, if given the go-ahead by the Government, could bring thousands of new jobs to Wales and to the green energy sector, and be the start of many further such projects in the future.”
Swansea Welsh Lib Dem Councillor Peter Black said:
“This report is a very important step forward to bringing to fulfilment a project that will help to put Swansea on the map. However, there is still some way to go. The UK Government need to accept the recommendations in the report and agree a price for the electricity that will enable it to proceed. We are also waiting for Natural Resources Wales to determine the marine licence. I am encouraged by today’s report and look forward to this project being started next spring.”
William Powell, Welsh Lib Dem Spokesperson on Energy, Environment and Rural Affairs, added:
“I strongly welcome this report’s recommendations. As well as its obvious benefits for Swansea Bay and the wider West Wales economy in terms of employment, regeneration and green tourism, the Tidal Lagoon would serve as a beacon for the future of renewable energy in Wales. In the turbulent times in which we live, energy security, alongside food security, should be central objectives of policy. Welsh Liberal Democrats hail this as a major step forward.”