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Metro mayor selects chair of new Mersey Tidal Commission

A chair has been selected by Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram to head up the new Mersey Tidal Commission.

The commission will be established to “provide impartial, expert advice and make independent recommendations” on exploiting tidal infrastructure in the River Mersey and Liverpool Bay.

Brent Cheshire, who recently retired from the position of executive chairman at DONG Energy UK – now known as Ørsted – will take up the non-executive this month for an initial 12-month period, according to a report to be discussed by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (LCRCA) on Friday (17 November).

The report adds: “DONG Energy own and operate the Burbo Bank windfarms in Liverpool Bay. These represent an investment of over £2 billion alongside significant local supply chain development and community investments. Investors in Burbo Bank Extension (opened in May 2017) include PKA (the Danish public-sector pension fund) and Lego Group.

“He has extensive knowledge and a 30-year track record in developing complex energy systems and bringing them to the investment market. He has held senior positions with IGas, Amerada Hess, Shell and KP Renewables.

“He is recognised internationally as a thought leader on renewable energy infrastructure investment and has strong links at the highest level within government and regulators.”

The commission will operate independently, at arms length from the metro mayor, and will also include between four and 12 other non-executive members appointed for their “specialist knowledge, experience and abilities” for terms of up to four years.