To consider the report of the Project
Director, Mersey Tidal Power Project and Portfolio Holder: Climate
Emergency and Renewable Energy.
The Combined Authority considered the report of the Project Director, Mersey Tidal Power Project and the Portfolio Holder for Climate Emergency and Renewable Energy which provided an update on the Mersey Tidal Power Project (MTPP) for the period from March 2020 to date and looked ahead into 2022/26.
The Metro Mayor stated that in this period post COP26, when ambitions to make the big changes in the electricity system were increasingly needed, a short update would be given on the Mersey Tidal project, in advance of a more detailed paper in early 2022.
Councillor David Baines, Portfolio Holder for Climate Emergency and Renewable Energy, welcomed the report and highlighted to Members that the Mersey Tidal project had featured heavily at COP26.
Katherine Fairclough, Chief Executive, explained that the Mersey Tidal Project was a significant development project for the City Region. Emphasising that there was a strong and compelling case for low carbon sustainable projects, such as Mersey Tidal. Members were advised that the report provided a regular update on the programme of work and it covered a wide range of technical areas both in terms of the modelling, the business case, the environmental and the significant financial business cases that needed to be developed in order to take the programme forward.
(i) the continued strategic and economic fit of the tidal project as a central cog of LCR NetZero Plan to 2040 be noted, in that it was a public sector led project, targeting decarbonisation of regional electricity with a predictable, low carbon generation asset that had alignment to industrial, employment, and green growth agendas;
(ii) the progress under Phase 3 Concept and the planned works until the end of this phase in March 2022 be noted; and
(iii) the extent of Phase 4 activity required in the period 2022-26 and the intent to provide a further update in early 2022 on a recommended way forward when there was greater clarity on national policy in relation to Tidal energy be noted.