After the announcement of the talks in April 2021, the project to install an undersea cable linking Morocco and the United Kingdom should provide electricity in 2027. Morocco wants to exploit its potential to export green electricity, alongside its energy transition.
Sir Dave Lewis, chairman of clean energy company Xlinks, said on April 29 that if launched before the end of this year, the undersea cable project linking Morocco to the United Kingdom could provide electricity from 2027.
Speaking on a Sky News broadcast, Sir Lewis indicated, according to the Moroccan press, that the cable will be connected to the British national network in North Devon, assuring that “if the project is launched before the end of this year, the electricity will begin to flow in 2027 and the project will be able to operate at its maximum potential in 2030”.
In April 2021, the CEO of Xlinks announced that his company plans to build a 10.5 GW power plant (7 GW for solar, and 3.5 GW for wind) in Morocco and transfer the energy produced directly to the UK via a 3,800 km HVDC (High Voltage Direct Current) submarine cable.
The cable, according to the CEO’s statements, was to link to sites in Wales and Devon, making it the longest submarine power cable in the world. This initiative would be motivated by the low cost of production and the availability of resources in Morocco. “The low cost of solar and wind generation in the Sahara means that the project can include significant storage to enable the project to supply electricity to the UK overnight,” company officials said.
This project, if it were to start as planned, would make Morocco one of the major exporters of electricity based on renewable energies, a regional energy hub, like Egypt. The country is in the midst of an energy transition, even considered a model in this race towards net zero. In 2021, the share of renewable energies in the total installed electrical power was 37%.
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