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ANDRITZ HYDRO to supply equipment for Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon

Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon
20. February 2015

The world’s first man-made, energy-generating tidal lagoon will be co-powered by Austrian expertise.

A consortium of GE and the leading Austrian hydropower specialist Andritz Hydro has been selected as the preferred provider of electromechanical equipment for the world’s first tidal lagoon hydropower project at Swansea Bay, South Wales.

This exciting project promises to deliver low carbon, affordable and sustainable electricity. The Severn Estuary is an ideal location, boasting the world’s second largest tidal range. Within it, Swansea Bay’s average tidal range during spring tides is an impressive 8.5m, harnessing which could provide enough energy for over 155,000 homes and save 236,000 tonnes of CO2 every year.

The tidal lagoon structure works by closing off a tidal sea area and installing underwater hydro turbines. Put simply, as sea water moves through the turbines, electricity is generated. The tidal lagoon hydropower plant will have an installed capacity of 16 units, each of over 20 megawatts.

Andritz Hydro, part of the Graz-based Andritz Group, holds approximately 250m EUR of the 400m EUR consortium, and will be bringing some 170 years of experience to the project. The company hopes to start work on the equipment later this year, with full commercial operation scheduled for 2019. You can find out more about them on their website . Alternatively, take a video tour of the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon project here .