Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon aims to make waves among local suppliers

21 July 2015

A series of supply chain events for suppliers wanting to get involved with the £1 billion Tidal Lagoon infrastructure project in Swansea has launched.

The “awareness events” are aimed at introducing Welsh construction and advanced manufacturing businesses to tier one delivery partners of the scheme by Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay, and for suppliers to understand what opportunities are available.

The Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon project is being developed by Tidal Lagoon Power. It will output 495 gigawatt hours of energy a year to power more than 155,000 homes for 120 years.

China Harbour Engineering Company is the preferred bidder for marine works. The project’s other major delivery partnerships include General Electric and Andritz Hydro as turbine preferred bidders, Laing O’Rourke as turbine housing preferred bidder, and Alun Griffiths as public realm ancillary works preferred bidder.

Organised with the Welsh Government, Construction Futures Wales and Business Wales, the series of events starts today at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea. They are aimed specifically at construction, operation and maintenance and advanced manufacturing companies.

Further events will take place tomorrow, July 22, at Parc Y Scarlets in Llanelli, and on Friday July 24 at The Bridge Innovation Centre at Pembroke Dock.

Ioan Jenkins, development director for Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay, said the events would help to maximise local content in the project.

“We have over 1,000 local businesses registered on our system as being interested in securing work on the project,” said Jenkins. “These events will give those companies an opportunity to better understand the procurement process and the opportunities available.”

There are plans to follow the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon with five full-scale tidal lagoons in UK waters. The six projects could contribute £27 billion to UK GDP during construction and provide 8 per cent of the UK's electricity for the next 120 years, according to Tidal Lagoon Power.

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