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Britain’s Xlinks wants to get power from Morocco via submarine cable

Britain’s Xlinks wants to get power from Morocco via submarine cable

September 27, 2021 – 19:40 – Economy


British renewable energy company Xlinks is building a 3,800 km submarine cable that will connect Morocco to the United Kingdom.

Xlinks has already provided components to the UK government for the 3,800 km submarine power cable project, which will connect Morocco and the UK, reports say. Edge Markets. The total cost of the project is 16 billion pounds ($21.9 billion). The British company will build a 10.5 GW power plant in Morocco (7 GW solar, 3.5 GW wind). The transmission cable will consist of four strands, the first of which will be commissioned in early 2027, and the rest scheduled for completion in 2029.

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The power will be sold to the UK via a High Voltage Direct Transfer (HVDC) cable, which will connect Morocco to several locations in Wales and Devon in the UK. Xlinks puts the average megawatt-hour cost at £48, just over half the government-agreed price for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant. “The energy comes from a region (Morocco) that has very different weather patterns and is not linked to each other, so it gives the UK energy system tremendous resilience,” said Simon Moresh, founder and CEO of Xlinks. According to him, the connection could provide 7 million British homes.

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“The Xlinks Morocco/UK energy project will be a new fully powered solar and wind power plant along with a battery storage facility. It will cover an area of ​​approximately 1,500 square kilometers and will be connected to Great Britain exclusively by HVDC submarine with 3,800 km of cables,” she added.

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