Fleetwood’s £380million Wyre Gateway Tidal Energy scheme more viable than ever, says team
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Posted On: November 16, 2022

Fleetwood’s £380million Wyre Gateway Tidal Energy scheme more viable than ever, says team

The proposed Wyre Gateway project would generate enough electricity to supply 100,000 homes and is at an advanced planning stage.

Often referred to as the ‘Wyre Barrage’ scheme, it has so far been a long haul for this large scale multi-million pound project, which has been in development for more than 15 years.

But the company behind the project believe a number of factors mean the tide is starting to turn in its favour and are optimistic the plans can press ahead.
 
A massive engineering project, the Gateway would consist of a structure measuring 10m wide and 370m long, housing eight 27ft turbines, four sluice gates and two locks at the mouth of the River Wyre at Fleetwood, and would also create a lagoon which could be used for leisure purposes.
 
The argument in favour of tidal energy projects is that, apart from being sustainable and ‘green-friendly’ they are much more reliable at generating energy than wind farms, as tidal movement is much more consistent than wind power.
 
However, they tend to be expensive to construct so finance is a key issue and because of their scale, the planning process is relatively arduous, taking in possible environmental impact factors.
 
Tidal energy is not a new concept and the world’s first scheme is now more than 50 years old.
 
The Rance Tidal Power Station, located on the estuary of the Rance River in Brittany, France, opened in 1966 as the world’s first tidal power station.
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