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29 May 2024
Renewable Energy

New Images Show Scale of £6.25bn Renewable Energy Scheme

New conceptual images have been released showing elements of a £6.25 billion renewable energy scheme in Swansea which is set to include a tidal lagoon.

As well as the lagoon, the new images show other elements of the project including a renewable energy transport hub on Fabian Way and an oceanic and climate change research centre.

Led by DST Innovations, the project is being funded by the private sector.

It is estimated that the project will create more than 2,500 permanent jobs, while supporting a further 16,000 jobs across Wales and the UK. The development will also create hundreds of jobs during its construction.

The project – supported by Swansea Council – is proposed for land in the area of Swansea port.

Also shown in the images is a hyper-scale data centre that’s due to form part of the scheme.

Tony Miles, of DST Innovations, said:

“A huge amount of progress continues to be made behind the scenes, as preparations for the project gather even more pace.

“The new conceptual images follow on from our land agreements with Swansea Council and Batri Ltd for elements of the overall project to include the renewable energy transport hub, the expansion of approved solar farm plans for Tir John, and a new high-tech battery manufacturing plant at the former Morrisey site in SA1.

“Positive discussions about all other elements of the scheme are ongoing – including the tidal lagoon – and we anticipate making more announcements in the coming months.”

Other elements of the overall scheme include a battery farm to store the renewable energy produced on site and power the development.

A floating solar array will also feature, as well as eco-homes anchored in the water.

Councillor Rob Stewart, Swansea Council Leader, said:

“We’re committed as a council to creating as many well-paid jobs as possible for local people, while boosting the local economy and helping Swansea reach net zero status by 2050.

“This project will help achieve those objectives and put Swansea on the international map for renewable energy innovation.”

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