Xlinks to connect Morocco and UK with 3,800 km submarine power cable

(Agence Ecofin) – Solar and wind resources in North Africa represent an opportunity for the export of electricity from this region. The establishment of infrastructure is arousing the appetite of more and more companies.

British company Xlinks, which specializes in renewable energy solutions, plans to link Morocco and the United Kingdom using a 3,800 km submarine power transmission cable. The transmission cable will consist of four cables in total, and will be the longest submarine power transmission link in the world.

According to PV Magazine, Xlinks will build a 10.5 gigawatt renewable energy complex in Morocco to generate electricity from wind and solar power. It will be connected to a 5 GW / 20 GWh storage unit in the country. This energy will be sold to the UK through the High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) transmission cable, which will link Morocco to several sites in Wales and Devon, UK.

The first cable will be active in early 2027, while the second is expected to launch in 2029, hopes Simon Morrish, CEO of Xlinks. “For its deployment, three different routes were considered and the one that did not touch the territorial waters reached depths of 3,000 meters, so we opted for the shallower route that does not exceed 700 meters”said Simon Morrish. The submarine cable will cross the territorial waters of France, Portugal and Spain.

He thus explained to PV Magazine that the company is already in “Discussion with the leaders of the Moroccan communities and the government concerning the exact sites of the solar farm, and she is working on the authorizations with the concerned departments”.

Gwladys Johnson Akinocho

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