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25 Oct 20211 minute read

Swansea ‘game changer’ tidal energy project

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Swansea ‘game changer’ tidal energy project

An international consortium will invest £1.7bn into a new renewable energy project in Swansea. 

The project, named Blue Eden, will include underwater tidal turbines that could generate 320MW of electricity from 9.5km of coastline. It will also include co-homes, buildings and facilities alongside the lagoon.

Labelled a “game changer” for Swansea, the project will be made possible by investment from the private sector. Construction will be led by Bridgend-based firm DST Innovations with support from Swansea Council and Associated British Ports. 

Blue Eden will be built and delivered in three phases over 12 years. 

Speaking to Construction Enquirer, Cllr Rob Stewart, Swansea Council Leader, said: “Blue Eden will put Swansea and Wales at the cutting-edge of global renewable energy innovation, helping create thousands of well-paid jobs, significantly cut our carbon footprint and further raise Swansea’s profile across the world as a place to invest.

“I’m delighted that an international consortium led by a Welsh company has developed our Dragon Energy Island vision into a ground-breaking project that delivers so many benefits and builds on the council’s ambition to become a net zero city by 2050.

“This project truly is a game-changer for Swansea, its economy and renewable energy in the UK, and crucially it can be delivered without the need for government subsidies.”

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