TLP update on Cardiff Tidal Lagoon (14 January 2016) PDF Print E-mail
The beginning of the New Year is an opportune time to update you on our plans to harness the natural power of the Severn Estuary. 
In Swansea Bay, we are getting ready to build the world’s first tidal lagoon once the remaining permissions have been secured and financial close with investors is achieved. Our aim is to start the initial civil works on site in autumn 2016 in order that the marine works can start in spring 2017. We hope to power-on in 2021.
The work on the proposed Cardiff Tidal Lagoon continues alongside our Swansea project. Here are the highlights of our work to-date in the Cardiff Capital Region: 
Development Consent Order
We have submitted a scoping report for the Environmental Impact Assessment was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate by Tidal Lagoon Cardiff Ltd under Regulation 8 of The Infrastructure Planning (EIA) Regulations 2009. In response, we have received a “scoping opinion” on the information to be included in the Environmental Statement. This can be viewed on Tidal Lagoon Cardiff’s page on the Planning Inspectorate’s National Infrastructure Planning website – http://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/projects/wales/tidal-lagoon-cardiff/
Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
The aim of the EIA is to protect the environment by ensuring that the decision maker, when deciding whether to grant permission for a project which is likely to have significant effects on the environment, does so in the full knowledge of the likely significant effects, and takes this into account in the decision making process.  The EIA process will inform the project, where adverse impacts cannot be avoided, it will also identify mitigation measures.  Regulation 61 of the Habitats Regulations requires the competent authority (in this case the relevant Secretary of State) to make an assessment of any plan or project which is likely to have a significant effect on a European site, either alone or in combination with other plans or projects.  A Habitats Regulations Assessment will be submitted with the DCO application in order to assess the likely significant effects on any European sites (Special Areas of Conservation) or Special Protection Areas).   Where adverse impacts cannot be avoided or mitigate for, further assessment will be required which may result in having to provide effective compensatory measures in order to maintain the integrity of the network of European sites.
Current work being progressed:-
•         Historical data is currently being collated from all Severn Estuary survey work over the last 20 years.  In relation to users of the Estuary and their current activity, data is currently being  identified and collated  (such as users of the disposal grounds and dredging information)
•         Hydrodynamic, sediment and water quality modelling
•         Geophysical and oceanographic surveys
•         Habitats Regulation Assessment (HRA) and Water Framework Directive (WFD) screening
•         An evidence plan approach is being adopted across all core EIA topics.
•         Bird and fish surveys

Fisheries Peer Review Group
Tidal Lagoon Power has announced the formation of a Fisheries Peer Review Group to be chaired by Chris Mills, the former Director of Environment Agency Wales.   Acting as independent advisors to Tidal Lagoon Power, the Fisheries Peer Review Group will provide additional support to Andy Schofield who has joined the business as Head of Fisheries.  Andy worked for Natural Resources Wales and its predecessors for almost 30 years and held various fisheries, conservation, recreation and water quality management roles.  Members of the Fisheries Peer Review Group include; Steve Colclough, a fisheries scientist and Director at Colclough & Coates – SC2 Limited and Graeme Harris, also a fisheries scientist and former Chair of the statutory Fisheries, Ecology & Recreation Committee (FERAC) for Wales (2006 – 2013).  The aim of the Fisheries Peer Review Group is to advise Tidal Lagoon Power and the fisheries research contractors on the methodology being adopted for the prediction of effects and impacts on fish as part of broader environmental impact assessments relating to Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon and future lagoon developments. 
Further information
We do not expect consultation to begin until later this year but we will issue regular project newsletters and our website will be kept updated. Please visit www.tidallagooncardiff.com for further information. 
Tessa Blazey
Development Director, TLP