Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander MP has today announced that the Swansea Bay lagoon will be included in the Coalition Government's National Infrastructure Plan.
Reacting to the news, Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales West Peter Black said:
"This announcement is great news and shows the effect of having a Liberal Democrat Energy Minister.
"The proposed lagoon would bring a massive economic boost for Swansea and surrounding areas. It is hoped that the project will produce a huge amount of local jobs and could well generate millions of pounds in the region.
"It has been said that the lagoon could potentially provide power for 120,000 homes for 120 years. That is incredibly exciting and why I hope that this project gets the go-ahead.
"With its huge coastline, there is potential for a number of lagoons in Wales. Hopefully this major announcement will be stepping stone for further projects like it."