Win Cafe Sci: “Tony Pryor CBE – ex CEO Hafren Energy – Severn Barrage"

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The Winchester Discovery Centre

Jewry Street · Winchester

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Tonight's Cafe Sci in Winchester will be lead by Tony Pryor CBE, Former CEO of Hafren Power who will be speaking about “The Severn Barrage”.

Summary: The talk will cover the long history of attempts to demonstrate the feasibility and business case for a tidal power scheme based on a Severn Barrage and particularly the most recent attempt by Hafren Power. This was a special purpose vehicle set up to develop the Barrage project and take it through the various approval loops that was disbanded in 2013 after Dept of Energy declined to back the project. This will include discussion of the technical options and the economic case compared with alternatives such as nuclear and the validity of some of the various objections raised.

Tony Pryor CBE
Formerly CEO of Hafren Power
Formerly Chairman Halcrow Ltd
Tony has had a long career in engineering and project management with both UK and international experience

The Discovery Centre will be open for at least half an hour before the talk which starts at 7.45pm, so you can get yourself a drink and have a chat with other participants. The discussions will aim to finish around 9.15pm, though everyone will be welcome to stay around and have a chat with the speaker afterwards.

There is no charge for admission, but donations towards speakers expenses are welcome. If anybody would like to help with the running of the Winchester Café Sci, please speak to the organizer William Vine on the evening.

The format of the evening is usually a talk of 30 to 40 minutes, followed by a short break so the audience can refill their glasses, before questions and discussions about the talk. Entry is open to everyone, but we do encourage you to buy a tea, coffee and cakes to show your support for the Discovery Centre who sponsor the meeting by providing the venue.

Cafe Scientifique is a place where, for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to explore and debate the latest ideas in science and technology.

Hosted by: William Vine, Organizer for Winchester Cafe Scientifique