Deltares: Testing the World’s Largest Tidal Lagoon

Deltares will be testing the design for the planned tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay, South Wales.

Incorporating sixteen turbines that can deliver 320 MW, the tidal lagoon will be the world’s largest. It will be built to scale in the facilities hall in Delft so that the hydrodynamic efficiency of the design can be tested in detail. The aim will be to prevent unnecessary energy losses as water flows in and out, enhancing the power output of the lagoon.

The lagoon exploits the tidal range in the bay, which as a part of the Bristol Channel is one of the few places in the world where the difference between high and low tide is so extreme. The tidal range of eight to ten meters makes the bay an ideal location for a tidal lagoon.

The plan involves building a breakwater in the bay that will be about fifty to one hundred meters wide and almost 10 kilometers long. The breakwater does not seal off the bay completely; it creates a lagoon in one part of the bay, minimizing the impact on the existing infrastructure, ecosystem and surroundings.

The turbines will be located in a 300-meter section in the southern part of the breakwater, alongside the sluice gates that enhance power output.

The lagoon in Swansea Bay is still in the tender phase. There is considerable interest from government authorities and investors because this is a sustainable way of generating energy.

Anton de Fockert, the Deltares project manager, said: “The lagoon will produce a lot of positive effects for the area. As well as delivering renewable energy for 155,000 households, it will also boost socio-economic development in Swansea and the surrounding area. Employment and tourism, for example, will benefit.

Deltares is currently working on flow models for the tests. The scale model will be built later this year, and go operational in early 2015.

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3rd International Congress Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging

Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews ( holds a traditional annual Congress “Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging” in Moscow. 

The two-day Congress includes the 7th International Forum of Dredging Companies and the 3rd Technical Conference “Modern Solutions for Hydraulic Engineering”.

Infrastructure development is among the real sources of Russia’s economy growth. Construction of port facilities and new hydraulic engineering structures on the country’s inland waterways constitute an essential part of all infrastructure projects. It is important to take into account the best international practices to implement these projects effectively.

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