WALES NEWS ROUNDUP: Ministers set to consider widening the use of covid passes and a new renewable energy plan.
WALES NEWS ROUNDUP
Here’s your latest news roundup from across Wales on Monday the 25th of October 2021. Including, ministers set to discuss whether or not to widen the use of covid passes, new plans for renewable energy and Welsh ports are being frequently bypassed by Irish ferries.
COVID and Vaccine passports
Ministers are set to discuss whether or not the use of covid passes needs to be widens. This comes after NHS vaccine passports are required to access larger scale events and nightclubs. The discussions are taking place after Covid-19 cases continue to rise in Wales, as the country now has the highest amount of cases out of all the UK nations.
£1.7 Billion Blue Eden Project Announced
A £1.7 billion project creating thousands of well-paid jobs and placing Wales at the forefront of renewable energy innovation has been announced by an international consortium.
The ground-breaking project proposed for Swansea’s waterfront will include a newly-designed tidal lagoon, featuring state-of-the-art underwater turbines generating 320 megawatts of renewable energy from the 9.5km structure.
The lagoon is part of the larger proposed Blue Eden project that’s being led by Bridgend-based DST Innovations and a number of business partners, with support from Swansea Council and Associated British Ports.
More Welsh Ports are Being Bypassed by Irish Ferries
Dozens of ferry routes avoiding Welsh ports have been established between Ireland and mainland Europe over the past year because of Brexit. The UK government said the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic meant it was too early to judge the new trading relationship with the EU. Irish ferries are now opting for the direct sea routes to France, which are slightly slower and more expensive but means they can skip Brexit paperwork and checks.
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