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Swansea tidal bay lagoon makes waves

Words: Roger Milne

A major Chinese engineering firm has been chosen as the preferred bidder for construction of the £300 million lagoon wall at Swansea Bay tidal lagoon.

China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), a state-owned enterprise, will also invest in further tidal lagoons in the UK and has signed a memorandum of understanding with the company behind the Swansea Bay lagoon to develop lagoons in Asia.

The Chinese company plans to open a base in the UK and spend half of the contract’s value on a British workforce, partners and supply chain.

Speaking during PM Questions in the Commons this week, David Cameron said the deal was a “win-win" for both countries.

He noted that the £1 billion project still required development consent, but stressed that “tidal power does have significant potential”.

A feasibility study into a tidal lagoon between Cardiff and Newport is being carried out by the company behind the Swansea Bay project.

This week also Abergavenny-based Alun Griffith named as the preferred bidder for a contract worth £25 million by Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay. Griffiths’ work will include civil engineering for breakwater surfacing, roads, slipways, utilities and landscaping.

Image courtesy of Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon