Decision details

Mersey Tidal Power Project

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


A report by the Interim Director of Corporate Services informed Members of progress to date with the Mersey Tidal Power Project being developed by Peel Energy and the North West Development Agency (NWDA).


In 2006 Peel Energy in Partnership with NWDA (and supported by the Mersey Basin Campaign) set out to explore the potential, the impacts and the implications of utilising the Mersey Estuary’s renewable energy potential.  A large scheme had the potential to meet the electricity needs of up to 260,000 homes and was in two phases

Phase 1 – “Power from the Mersey” pre feasibility Study- October 2007

Phase 2 – Feasibility Stage – September 2009


Anthony Hatton, Development Director of Peel Energy, made a presentation on Mersey Tidal Power.  He informed of the potential benefits of this first large scale tidal energy project in the UK, detailed the project’s timetable, comments following a consultation exercise that had ended on 31 August 2010, potential options, social and economic benefits and the way forward.


Following the presentation Members asked a number of questions which were answered by Mr Hatton as appropriate.


The report recommended that Members note the work undertaken by Peel




(1)  Mr Hatton be thanked for his attendance at the meeting and for his informative presentation;


(2)  Members note the work undertaken by Peel Energy/NWDA to date and welcome the commitment by Peel to comprehensive public consultation on the Mersey Tidal Power Project; and


(3)  the Interim Director of Corporate Services be given delegated authority to provide detailed comments on the Statement of Community Consultation and draft Communications Plan in line with the Council’s agreed protocols for public consultation including the Statement of Community Involvement.

Report author: Interim Director of Corporate Services

Publication date: 12/11/2010

Date of decision: 04/11/2010

Decided at meeting: 04/11/2010 - Cabinet

Effective from: 20/11/2010

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