The Swansea Bay lagoon scheme will be the first of its kind in the UK.

A project to power 107,000 homes using a tidal lagoon in the Bay is seeking £10m of funding from the public.

The first of its kind in the UK, the scheme intends to generate up to 250MW of renewable power by harnessing the tides to drive enormous turbines, enough to meet Swansea’s annual domestic electricity needs.

Nearly seven miles of breakwaters need to be built to create a lagoon which will capture water at high tide. Once the sea begins to flow the other way, release gates will funnel water through turbines set in the lagoon wall.

There may be some funding as a result of this project that will be made available to local charities. The Canal Society has registered an interest in the progress of this application, but it will not directly  affect the canal or any of the plans for the future opening up and joining up with the Neath and Tennant Canal.