The government should urgently decide on support for the Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay project in order to save steel industry jobs in Wales, a Labour MP has suggested.
Speaking in the wake of the announcement by Tata Steel that it will cut a further 1,050 jobs, Stephen Kinnock, an MP for Aberavon, suggested that pushing the green energy project forward would boost the struggling British steel sector.
"In the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon project there is an opportunity for both job creation and support to the steel industry because of the steel turbines that would be at the heart of the lagoon project,” Kinnock said during the second reading of the Energy Bill.
"But the Government has dodged and delayed the decision. Every missed deadline sets the project back. Every day or week of delay costs months or years and it costs jobs.”
The government has previously granted planning permission for the innovative £1bn power plant, but has not elaborated yet on how much public support the scheme could expect to receive.
"The Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon would be the first of its kind in the world and shows how important it is for this Government to act decisively and create certainty," Kinnock added.
The proposed six-mile long seawall would feature 16 underwater turbines capable of generating 500 gigawatt hours of electricity per year - enough to power 155,000 homes for 120 years.
The latest round of Tata Steel redundancies will affect workers at the firm’s plants in Port Talbot and Llanwern in South Wales.
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