Morocco – United Kingdom: $22 million to build a 3,800 km submarine cable

Morocco - United Kingdom: $22 million to build a 3,800 km submarine cable

Written by Amin Al-Qadri on 09/26/2021 at 12:32 PM (Updated on 09/26/2021 at 12:56 PM)

A 10.5 GW solar and wind power plant will be built in the Guelmim-Oued Noun area, developed by the British company Xlinks. It will provide the UK with clean energy via a 3,800 km submarine cable, due to be laid in 2025.


A project by British company Xlinks to build a 10.5 GW power complex in Morocco and connect it to the UK with a 3,800 km HVDC (High Voltage Current) submarine cable is underway. a path.

Specialized Anglo-Saxon newspapers reported on Sunday, September 26, 2021 that Xlinks has revealed its plans to implement this gigantic project. According to the agency Bloomberg, which was quoted by the head of the company Xlinks, that the project is packing an investment envelope of $ 22 million.

We also know more about the Maghreb region where the 10.5 GW wind and solar power complex will be located, through which the energy produced will be sent to the UK via the submarine cable: Guelmim-Oued Noun.

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The Xlinks Morocco-UK energy project will be a new power generation facility fully powered by solar and wind energy along with a battery storage facility. Located in Morocco’s renewable energy-rich Guelmim-Oued Noun region, it will cover an area of ​​approximately 1,500 square kilometers and will be connected exclusively to Great Britain via 3,800 kilometers of HVDC submarine cable,” Xlinks reported.

This project will generate 10.5 gigawatts of carbon-free electricity from the sun and wind to provide 3.6 gigawatts of reliable power for an average of more than 20 hours a day. C’est suffisant pour fournir une énergie propre et à faible coût à plus de 7 millions de foyers britanniques d’ici 2030. Une fois terminé, le projet sera capable of fournir 8% des besoins en électricité de la Grande-Bretagne, Society.

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Alongside the construction of this energy complex in the Guelmim region, a 5GW battery will be installed on site, allowing enough storage to deliver nearly clean, stable power to Britain every day, Xlinks explains.

The British company also plans to build at least two plants in the UK to manufacture the necessary cables, “which would be faster than waiting for an existing company to manufacture it,” said Xlinks CEO Simon Moresh. Bloomberg. “The project is fully funded until the financial closure which will take place in 2023,” he said.

Finally, regarding the timing of the work, Xlinks indicates that it wants to start laying cable in 2025 and put it online in the first half of 2027.

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