Former Tesco chief executive Sir Dave Lewis is behind the move to build the world’s longest undersea electric cable, stretching 3,800km, to power more than 7 million British homes.
His startup Xlinks, is proposing to build the £16 billion (RM90 billion) Morocco-UK link in less than 10 years.
According to ft.com, the project was said to also be raising £800 million to build three production facilities in the UK in a bid to tap into growing demand for the electric cables used for offshore wind farms and undersea interconnectors.
Lewis indicated that they had already secured an area of about 1,500 sq with the Moroccan government, to place a solar farm, a wind farm and batteries which combined will produce about 10.5 gigawatts of power.
A small English village, Alverdiscott in Devon, with a population of 286, is set to become the center of this revolutionary endeavor to build the world’s longest undersea cable.
A cable as long as the one proposed by Xlinks has never been constructed and will likely meet cost obstacles similar to those like the IceLink, a proposed electricity interconnector between Iceland and Great Britain, which spans 1,000 to 1,200 km.
A spokesman for the startup was reported to have said that the project will generate 10.5GW of zero carbon electricity from the sun and wind to deliver 3.6GW of reliable energy for an average of 20+ hours a day.
This amount is enough to provide low-cost, clean power to over millions by 2030.