Xlinks targets 10.5 GW wind and solar park in Morocco to deliver power to UK

UK-based company Xlinks unveiled plans to install a new electricity generation facility entirely powered by solar and wind energy combined with a battery storage facility. Located in Morocco’s region of Guelmim Oued Noun, it will cover an approximate area of 1,500 square kilometers and will be connected exclusively to Great Britain via 3,800 kilometers high voltage direct current (HVDC) sub-sea cables.
According to the company, the first project will be a 10.5 GW facility to provide clean power to Great Britain by 2030. Once complete, the project »will be capable of supplying 8 percent« of the country's electricity needs.
Alongside the consistent output from its solar panels and wind turbines, an onsite 20 GWh / 5 GW battery facility shall provide sufficient storage »to reliably deliver each and every day, a dedicated, near-constant source of flexible and predictable clean energy for Britain.«
The construction of the Xlinks Morocco-UK Power Project could create nearly 10,000 local jobs, of which 2,000 become permanent. About 40 percent of generation installation will be manufactured in Morocco, says the company, and emphasized that it »will work with local partners to increase this where possible.« To manufacture the required HVDC interconnector cable, Xlinks will create an export-led cable manufacturing industry in Britain, via a dedicated cable supply system company called XLCC.
The Xlinks management team include Paddy Padmanathan as Vice Chair, currently president and CEO of Saudi Arabian Company For Water And Power Projects (ACWA Power). Executive Chair Sir Dave Lewis is the former CEO of British multinational groceries and general merchandise retailer Tesco Plc and is experienced as member of the Unilever executive committee. Founder and CEO Simon Morrish is an ex-Mc Kinsey and Morgan Stanley consultant and analyst and spent the past 17 years as CEO with building up Ground Control Ltd. which is providing environmental service business and is headquartered in Billericay, UK, where also Xlinks is headquartered.

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