A tidal lagoon energy project could go ahead without UK government backing, the leader of Swansea council has said. Eighteen months after a report called for its approval, UK ministers rejected the £1.3bn scheme as too expensive. The Welsh Government said it did not have the powers or the resources to step in and get the lagoon built. But Swansea council leader Rob Stewart told the BBC’s Sunday Politics Wales it could be viable under different ways of paying for it and selling the energy. Tidal Lagoon Power’s (TLP) £1.3bn “pathfinder” project, touted as a world-first, was turned down by the UK government on Monday after it was deemed too expensive. Mr Stewart told the programme that discussions about a new plan were going on with partners including the Welsh Government, adding that he met First Minister Carwyn Jones on Wednesday. “He and I are of the same opinion which is that the current funding proposal isn’t going to go forward,” Mr Stewart said, “However lagoon technology is something that still has legs, is something still supportable, and the first minister is keen that we continue to explore that.” Different ways of funding and getting the lagoon built, and of selling its power directly to organisations as well as the National Grid, would be examined by the council, its leader added.
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