Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon

Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay Plc has appointed Atkins to act as client’s engineer for its 320 MW Swansea Bay tidal lagoon project in Wales, UK.

Under the contract, Atkins will provide specialist design and engineering support for the project, which will be the world’s first, man-made, energy-generating lagoon.

Atkins’ role includes producing outline designs for the breakwater, turbine house and ancillary works, as well as supporting the tender process by helping to develop documents, and reviewing responses and detailed designs.

Once a design and build contractor is appointed and construction work starts, Atkins says it will also provide a range of site supervision, auditing and technical checking services.

"This is a major civil engineering project which combines a wide range of disciplines from building services, power and architecture to structural and marine engineering," says Mike McNicholas, managing director of Atkins’ UK design and engineering business.

The Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon is has been accepted for consideration as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project.

Construction is scheduled to start on Swansea Bay next spring, and it is slated to be connected to the National Grid in 2018. As planned it will be able to provide renewable power for over for 120 years, and make an important contribution towards the UK’s carbon emission reduction targets.

Photo: Swansea Bay tidal lagoon project