What is the progress of the Morocco/UK submarine cable construction project?

The Xlinks project is making great progress. English cable manufacturer XLCC is building a factory in Hunterston, Scotland, and its first production will be for the XLinks Morocco/UK project, reports US media specializing in sustainable energy, electrec, XLCC will supply four 3,800 km submarine cables. The first cable will be activated in early 2027, while the rest are expected to launch in 2029. The first phase of the Xlinks project is planned between 2025 and 2027. During this period, it will be a question of linking wind and solar energy. Produced in Morocco at Alverdiscott, North Devon, South West UK.

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This initiative will almost double the current global production of HVDC cable manufacturing. The longest submarine cables in the world would thus require 90,000 metric tons of steel, it is specified. This week, XLCC signed the UK Steel Charter in Parliament, pledging to use UK steel.

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The total cost of the project to build a 3,800-km submarine electric cable connecting Morocco and the United Kingdom is £16 billion (US$21.9 billion). Xlinks will build a 10.5 GW power plant (7 GW for solar and 3.5 GW for wind) in Morocco.

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