Closure of a barrage

Closure of a barrage

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Before the start of the 1978-81 studies of the Severn barrage, there was concern as to whether the completion of the final stages of construction of a Severn barrage would be feasible because of the currents to be expected in the final gap in a barrage across an estuary with a large tidal range. Consequently, the UK Department of Energy appointed the Netherlands firm of consulting engineers, NEDECO, to carry out a brief study of this aspect in the light of their experience in the Delta flood prevention works, where a number of tidal estuaries had been closed with barriers designed to prevent a repetition of the disastrous flooding which occurred as a result of the exceptionally high tide in January 1953 (Ref. 1978(1)).

Inspec keywords: dams; tidal power stations

Other keywords: tidal estuaries; Delta flood prevention works; Netherlands; UK Department of Energy; Severn barrage construction; NEDECO

Subjects: Tidal power stations and plants

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