Xlinks to build Morocco-UK subsea green electricity cable

MOROCCO – British green energy company, Xlinks is set to build twin high-voltage subsea cables that will transfer green electricity from Morocco to the United Kingdom in a new factory in Scotland.

Xlinks is the project developer of the Morocco-UK Power Project that is set to cover 1,500 square kilometers of land in Morocco, to connect the Moroccan electricity farm exclusively to the UK.

The company is set to build a factory in Hunterston, Scotland. The factory’s first output will be the Morocco-UK Power Projects, according to Electrek, an energy-focused news outlet.

The new factory is set to produce four 3,800 km subsea cables for the first phase of the Morocco-UK Power Project.

Over the first phase stretching between 2025 and 2027, Xlinks will connect Moroccan solar energy with Alverdiscott in North Devon.

Xlinks new manufacturing venture will double the amount of high-voltage direct current (HVDC) cables currently produced worldwide, the report indicates.

Once operational, the sea cable will have the capacity to transfer 10.5 gigawatts (GW) of green energy from wind and solar farms in Morocco’s Guelmim-Oud Nour region.

The cable will be composed of twin 1.8 GW, HVDC subsea cables and will be the longest of its kind in the world.

The cables will follow a route through shallow water along the coast of Morocco to the UK, crossing the territorial waters of Spain, Portugal, and France.

Under the same contract, Xlinks will construct a solar farm with a 7 GW capacity, in addition to a wind farm with a 3.5 GW capacity and a 20 GWh/5GW battery storage.

The project’s overall budget will reach US$21.9 billion and is set to generate 10,000 jobs in Morocco, of which 2,000 will be permanent.

According to an agreement with British National Grid, two of the four cables will be connected to the UK through Alverdiscott in Devon.

Data from Xlinks indicate that the undersea cables will power seven million homes in the UK by 2030, supplying 8% of England’s electricity needs.

Over the past decade, Morocco has quickly transformed into an international leader in terms of renewable energy.

The North African country ramped up efforts to develop some of the world’s largest green energy projects including the world’s largest concentrated solar power plant (CSP), at the Noor Complex in Ouarzazate.

In addition to heavily investing in green energy ventures, the county established a legal framework to accommodate the rising demand for green investments.

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