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The largest submarine power cable will connect the United Kingdom with Morocco: the African country will generate 8% of British energy

The Moroccan region of Guelmim Oued Noun, which has a coastline close to the Canary Islands, will have at the end of this decade a 10.5 GW solar and wind power plant. This energy, however, will not be for Morocco, it will be sent directly to the UK via submarine cable that borders the coasts of Spain and Portugal. The largest submarine cable in its category.


This is the Morocco – United Kingdom Energy Project of Xlinks, a British company that seeks provide 8% of the energy needed in the UK using this cable from Africa. Specifically, four high voltage cables with 1.8 GW. They will be the longest in the world and will travel around 3,800 kilometers under water. Another that we can say that “is close” is that of Israel, Cyprus and Greece with 1,500 km in length.

To keep up with the numbers, the solar and wind plant is expected to be around 1,500 square kilometers. 7 GW will be solar and the other 3.5 GW will be wind. The plant will be connected exclusively to the United Kingdom, although 20 GWh / 5GW batteries will be installed in Morocco to store the energy. Xlinks says this project will power 7 million UK homes by 2030. This means supplying 8% of the energy that the British need.

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More sun than in Spain and twice as much as in the United Kingdom

There is the reason why Xlinks has put its letters in Morocco and not elsewhere. They say that this area of ​​Morocco has the third highest global horizontal irradiation (GHI) in North Africa. In other words, the hours of sunshine available every day throughout the year. On shorter winter days you still get 10 hours of sunshine. This is the It him 20% more than Spain and twice that of the United Kingdom.

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So much is the extra performance that Xlinks achieves in Morocco that it is worth it for invest around 20,000 million euros in the construction of this project. It will take a few years, the first cable is expected to be finished by 2027 and two years later the other three.

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The structure leaves the coasts of Morocco and skirts the entire country until it approaches the north off the coasts of Huelva and Portugal. From there it borders all of Portugal to Galicia and the entire Cantabrian coast of Spain and even Spain. From there it goes up to the United Kingdom. An ambitious project that will connect both countries to, metaphorically speaking, bring the Sun to Britain.

Via | FT
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