A ground-breaking tidal power installation that will be a first for the UK
The Northern Tidal Power Gateways project aims to create tidal power installations across Morecambe Bay and the Duddon Estuary with roads on those barrages.
Tidal range turbines inserted into these barrages will produce renewable, emission-free electricity sufficient to power up to *2 million homes, and create dynamic new transport routes linking North Lancashire, South Cumbria and Cumbria’s West Coast.
The barrage roads will create a new transport link from the M6 in the south to the A595 north of Millom and will connect to each other via Furness.
A huge opportunity for the North West
The Northern Tidal Power Gateways project represents a huge opportunity for the North West, and for the UK as a whole:
- The UK’s first large scale tidal power project – delivering 7 million to *8 million MWh of predictable renewable power annually (7% of the Northwest power requirement, and 2% of national power requirement) sufficient to meet the needs of *2 million homes. It is equivalent to a small nuclear power station without the downsides of contamination and decommissioning.
- Massive infrastructure improvements for Cumbria and Northern Lancashire – two areas neglected within Northern Powerhouse plans. This is an opportunity to redress the balance – to re-energise West Cumbria’s Energy Coast and put northern power into the Northern Powerhouse.
- Huge transport savings – an estimated *4.5 million annual crossings – reduce distance by 50%, journey time by 75%, with estimated fuel savings of 750,000 litres annually.
- Economic and social benefits – an estimated *7,000 jobs during the construction phase and net *6,000 additional jobs, plus opportunities across the region for the supply chain. It will also deliver radically improved connectivity for businesses and people in south and west Cumbria and north Lancashire, transforming healthcare provision around Morecambe Bay, job mobility and recruitment opportunities.
- Environmental benefits – safeguarding the wetlands areas within the Bay from sea level rises due to global warming. The project will reduce carbon emissions and provide an alternative route for the grid connection for any future nuclear facilities at Moorside, without intrusive pylons or tunnelling beneath the Bay.
Proving the Concept
A Preliminary Information Memorandum (PIM) commissioned from infrastructure and engineering consultancy Mott MacDonald produced positive conclusions on which to build.
They demonstrate that the project is both viable and transformational for the surrounding areas and beyond.
Realising this multi £billion vision will create a ground-breaking tidal power installation that will be a first for the UK, and a benchmark for the rest of the world.