The Wyre Tidal Gateway

At Natural Energy Wyre, we’re committed to delivering the eco-friendly Wyre Tidal Gateway across the River Wyre in Lancashire. This first-of-its-kind tidal energy plant has been designed from the ground up to generate high levels of clean, renewable energy to the people of Lancashire and beyond – enough to power as many as 80,000 homes and businesses.


The Wyre Tidal Gateway is a tidal hydro energy plant...


The site is located on the Lancashire coast...


The River Wyre estuary is ideal for the Wyre Barrage...


Environmental studies and site investigations...

Commercial Case

From summer 2016 to early 2017, we have been working with our development partners to complete our concept designs. This in-depth work, which has cost over half a million pounds and has validated our business plans allowing us to progress into formal planning processes.

The key outputs from this proof-of-concept are as follows :

  • The anticipated annual electricity generation is 287 GWh – this will be enough to provide power for approximately 80 000 homes.
  • The total construction build cost, inclusive of significant contingencies – around £400m – with a material part of  this spend being incurred locally, creating jobs and bringing money into the Wyre region.  With this construction cost and generation, the government subsidies required will be comparable to offshore wind-farms, despite this being the first-of-a-kind in the UK and much cheaper than any other tidal energy projects. Initial discussions with the UK government have been supportive and it is anticipated that the completion of the Wyre Gateway will stimulate a new industry, with the Wyre at its heart, and allow construction of a fleet of barrages and lagoons along the West coast of the country.

Concept Design

The structure itself will be 10m wide and 370m long which will allow the rising and the falling tides to be held back, creating the necessary head of water to drive hydro-power turbines.

Final designs will ensure that the structure blends in with the surrounding area and maximise its aesthetic appeal.

Housed within the structure will be :

    • 8 turbines – each with a 27ft diameter, located below low tide levels
    • 4 sluice gates – to allow greater flow of water when needed and helping mimic natural tidal cycles
    • a large lock – to allow the passage of large vessels to the up-river port and also for future commercial ventures such as the return of a ferry service
    • a small lock – for use of pleasure vessels and small fishing ships
    • A visitors centre is also planned – this will provide tourism and educational facilities to ensure maximum economic and social benefit to the town

Planning Process

Due to the size and importance of the Wyre Gateway, a national planning process will be followed, this is known as the Development Consent Order (DCO).  Having completed our proof-of-concept designs, we are now a the point of commencing these formal planning processes.

The expected timeline is as follows :

  • commence detailed studies and designs – spring 2017
  • completion of preparation phase and submission of DCO application – autumn 2018
  • formal granting of DCO planning approval – early 2020
  • commencement of construction – spring 2020
  • power ON and fully operational – early 2023

This planning process of 3 years will cost £15m to complete.The first £5m of funding is now available to us and will allow commencement of studies and designs from spring 2017.


The Tidal Gateway

Tidal gateways provide innovative and environmentally friendly conversion of the power present in tidal range.

The “Wyre” tidal gateway has much more to deliver to this small Northwest area by providing essential flood defences and huge potential for economic growth in multiple sectors including manufacturing, tourism and transport.

The Location

The site is located on the Lancashire coast, between the industrial town of Fleetwood to the west and the small rural village of Knott End to the east. This specific site is positively unique, encompassing ideal geophysical and geological features, close proximity to a substantial National Grid connection, and some of the largest tidal ranges in the country.

The River

The River Wyre estuary is ideal for the Wyre Barrage, with its narrow, deep channel and bulbous body; a 600-meter span between its land masses; and an average tidal range of 8.2m and 4.5m during spring and neap cycles respectively, making power generation from this location the most economically viable in UK.

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