Morocco allocates 150,000 hectares to the Xlinks . project

November 10, 2021 – 5:40 pm – Economy


Morocco has granted 150,000 hectares of land in the Guelmim-Oued Noun area for the implementation of the Xlinks project, which includes the construction of a 3,800 km submarine cable that will connect Morocco with the United Kingdom.

According to a report on public lands cleared for investment in 2022, the allocated space corresponds to the realization needs of the project of British renewable energy group Xlinks.

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The project will require an investment of 200 thousand billion dirhams. Xlinks will build a 10.5 GW power plant to produce solar (7 GW) and wind (3.5 GW) energy. The control board will be connected to a buffer where 5GW/20GWh can be stored.

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Over time, the new infrastructure will be able to provide 8% of Britain’s total electricity consumption, which represents 7 million British homes. Construction will start in 2023 and the plant will start producing electricity from 2027.

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