Ex-Tesco CEO Planning $22B Morocco-U.K.Power Link

Former CEO of British retail giant Tesco is part of the development of what would be the longest power cable in the world which will provide extra power supplies from Morocco to Britain.

Tesco’s former CEO Dave Lewis and ACWA Power CEO Paddy Padmanathan are leading a Morocco-U.K. power link project by U.K.-based energy solutions company Xlinks.

Xlinks is developing a $22 billion subsea project, spanning 3,800 kilometers, that will harness solar and wind energy from 10.5 gigawatts of solar and wind energy farms in Morocco.

The power cable will supply only the U.K. and will help the country build more renewable capacity to shift away from gas as the global crunch for natural energy highlighted the need for alternatives.

“We’re approaching this as remote generation so this is solely for the U.K. energy market,” said Xlinks founder and CEO Simon Morrish.

According to Xlinks, the power link can supply 7 million British homes.

Xlinks is planning to conduct tenders for the construction of the project and is expecting to open the first 1.8 gigawatts cable launching by 2027 and a second cable by 2029.


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