Tidal Power Partnership

Renewable power company Atlantis Resources has been identified as the preferred developer for a proposed tidal barrage across the River Wyre in Lancashire.

The proposed scheme will involve the construction of a 600m barrage across the River Wyre capable of producing almost 300 GWh of sustainable energy each year – enough to power more than 80,000 homes.

The option agreement, once finalised, will provide rights and access over the majority of the land required, albeit securing of all necessary consents and permissions before development can proceed is likely to take three years.

Commenting on the negotiations, Duchy Head of Project Management and MD of the Foreshore Survey Graeme Chalk said: “As a responsible landowner, the Duchy is committed to sustainability in all its forms, including the generation of sustainable energy where it is appropriate. The introduction of a tidal barrage between Fleetwood and Knott End could bring great benefits to the local economy and the scheme proposed by Atlantis would provide community benefits such as facilities for pleasure boats and fishing vessels, as well as cheaper, cleaner energy.

“We look forward to working with Altantis Resources and are hopeful of concluding an agreement between us in the not too distant future.”