One more step towards submarine power cable construction

Xlinks wants to award contracts for geophysical, geotechnical and marine ecosystem probes over a distance of about 3,600 km, including data acquisition, processing, mapping and production. Marine energy. At an estimated total cost of 13 13 million (approximately $ 17.4 million), the deal includes coastal and marine geophysical and hydrographic studies, UXO exploration and coastal geotechnical studies and maritime studies.

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This includes coastal and coastal pendulum surveys, coastal geotechnical drilling and remote-controlled underwater vehicle (ROV) surveys. Companies interested in this tender announcement are invited to submit their application files by January 17, 2022. The contract period is six months and is non-renewable.

The undersea power connection project between southern Morocco and the United Kingdom provides for the construction of four 1.8 GW high voltage cables, which will be installed approximately 3,800 km underwater and provide 8% of the energy required by the UK. Through this project, the two countries will connect their networks to strengthen their green electricity supply capacity and streamline energy transfer.

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The solar and wind power plant, which is expected to be operational by 2030, is expected to generate 7 gigawatts of solar power and 3.5 gigawatts of wind power over an area of ​​approximately 1,500 square kilometers. It will be connected exclusively to the United Kingdom, but 20 GWh / 5 GW batteries will be installed in Morocco to save energy. Xlinks estimates the project will power 7 million UK homes by 2030.

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