The submarine electric cable project transmitting renewable energy from Morocco to Great Britain continues to develop. The construction of the ship which is to lay the 3800 kilometer cable has already begun.
London and Rabat will be linked in the coming years thanks to an undersea cable from the company Xlinks, which will send combined solar and wind energy from Moroccan territory to the United Kingdom.
The project in its entirety should cost an envelope of around 22 billion dollars according to the boss of the company Xlinks, quoted by the Bloomberg agency.
The British company is preparing the construction of a solar power plant of more than 10 GW in southern Morocco, precisely in the region of Guelmim-Oued Noun. The project should mobilize 150,000 hectares to house the photovoltaic solar park, the wind turbines as well as the 5 GW battery intended to store the energy produced on site.
And to connect Morocco to the United Kingdom, it will be necessary to lay a 3800 kilometer HVDC cable which will be laid by a special vessel which has already started to be built. The HVDC cable will be made by a UK manufacturer XLCC who is working with another company to build the base of the ship.
“Our vessel will, upon delivery, be the most sophisticated, efficient and environmentally friendly cable ship in the world (…) With this capability, we will be able to meet the growing global demand for the deployment of HVDC to fill a current and future gap in the market,” said Alan Mathers, Director of UK cable manufacturer XLCC.
The development of the basic design of the ship and its construction will be done with Salt Ship Design. “We are thrilled to be part of this exciting project, which will bring more renewable energy to the world. The design is at an advanced stage and we continue to develop the project to refine the details,” said Tor Henning Vestbøstad, Commercial Director of Salt Ship Design.
The project will provide green, clean and low-cost energy to more than 7 million homes in Britain, and 8% of the country’s electricity needs, by 2030. It will generate 10, 5 GW of carbon-free electricity through solar and wind power, to provide 3.6 GW of reliable electricity for more than 20 hours on average per day.