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Largest submarine electrical connection between Morocco and UK progresses

The British company Xlinks, which carries the subsea electrical interconnection project between southern Morocco and the United Kingdom, is underway. It has issued a call for tenders for geophysical and marine geotechnical studies.

Xlinks wants to award a contract for investigative surveys of geophysical, geotechnical and marine environmental routes along the interconnection route of approximately 3,800 kilometers, including the acquisition, processing, mapping and production of data. With an overall estimated cost of 13 million pounds sterling (approximately $ 17.4 million), this contract covers coastal and offshore geophysical and hydrographic surveys, unexploded ordnance (UXO) surveys and coastal geotechnical studies and offshore.

It also includes coastal and offshore benthic studies, coastal geotechnical drilling as well as remotely operated vehicle (ROV) studies. Companies interested in this invitation to tender are invited to submit their applications no later than January 17, 2022. The duration of the contract is six months and is non-renewable.

The subsea electrical interconnection project between southern Morocco and the United Kingdom provides for the construction of four 1.8 GW high voltage cables which will be installed over approximately 3,800 kilometers underwater and will provide 8% of energy needed in the UK. With this project, the two countries will connect their networks in order to strengthen their potential for supplying green electricity and organize the energy transition.

The solar and wind power plant, which is expected to be operational by 2030, will cover approximately 1,500 km² and is expected to produce 7 GW of solar and 3.5 GW of wind. It will be connected exclusively to the UK, but 20 GWh / 5 GW batteries will be installed in Morocco to store energy. According to Xlinks’ estimates, the project will power 7 million UK homes by 2030.

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