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Xlinks Solar & Wind Power Project Updates, Morocco

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The design and construction of the ship that is expected to lay the cables during the implementation of the Xlinks Solar & Wind Power Project are ongoing.  Alan Mathers, head of UK cable producer XLCC, said in a statement that their ship will be the most advanced, efficient, and environmentally friendly cable ship in the world at the time of delivery.

He also stated that they will be able to fulfill the growing global demand for the deployment of high voltage, direct current tension cables to address present and future needs in the market.

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The XLCC team has begun developing the ship’s basic design in partnership with Salt Ship Design, while also looking for a suitable shipyard to build it. The bidding process for the latter has already started as well.

Tor Henning Vestbostad, Commercial Director of Salt Ship Design, stated that they were thrilled to be a part of the initiative that will provide more renewable energy to the world. He also added that the design is nearing completion, and they are continuing to improve the specifics.

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April 2021

Xlinks solar & wind power project in Morocco, which will supply electricity to the UK, in the cards

The Xlinks solar & wind power project in Morocco, will produce a total of 10.5 GW of electricity that will be evacuated to the UK via a 3,800 km undersea high voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission line.

The power project made up of 7 GW of solar capacity (larger than the 1.65 GWp Benban complex in Egypt) and 3.5 GW of wind, will be developed near Tan-tan in the region of Guelmim-Oued Noun in the southwestern region of the North African country by Xlinks, a UK company looking to address the three key challenges associated with the transition to a low carbon economy; securing low-cost power, from sustainable sources whilst maintaining a reliable electricity network.

“We are currently in discussions with Moroccan community leaders and government regarding the exact sites of the project, and we are also working on the necessary permits with the relevant departments,” said the company’s CEO, Simon Morrish.

Also Read: Financing agreement signed for Kom Ombo Solar power plant in Egypt

The project will be developed along with a 25 gigawatt-hours battery storage system.

The longest subsea power transmission link in the world

Xlinks solar & wind power project will be the longest subsea power transmission link in the world. According to the project developer, the transmission line comprising four separate cables

It will cross international waters and dip into the territorial waters of European countries such as Portugal, Spain, and France on four occasions. Losses along the line are estimated between 10 and 12%, but these are justified, according to Morrish, by a very low LCOE for the solar and wind power plants in Morocco.

Xinks is planning to hold international tenders for the project construction and expects to bring online the first 1.8 GW cable at the beginning of 2027 and a second cable two years later.

When fully completed the approximately US$ 25M project will deliver 26 TWh of the firm and flexible power to the UK each year, the equivalent of 7.5% of the country’s electricity demand, and significantly contribute to net-zero targets.

Nov 2021

Land Allocated For Xlinks Solar & Wind Power Project in Morocco

A piece of land with a total area of 150,000 hectares has been allocated in the Guelmim-Oued Noun area for the implementation of the Xlinks Solar & Wind Power Project in Morocco, which will produce a total of 10.5 GW of electricity (7 GW from solar and 3.5 GW from wind).

According to a report on public lands cleared for investment in 2022, “the allocated space corresponds to the realization needs of the project spearheaded by Xlinks”, a UK company looking to address the three key challenges associated with the transition to a low carbon economy; securing low-cost power, from sustainable sources whilst maintaining a reliable electricity network.

Also Raed: US$11m guarantee for Maroua and Guider Solar Power Plants, Morocco

Along with the solar and wind farms, the project also includes the construction of a 25 gigawatt-hours battery storage system and a 3,800 kilometers undersea high voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission line.

The longest subsea power transmission link in the world

According to the project developer, the transmission line comprising four separate cables will be the longest subsea power transmission link in the world.

It will cross international waters and dip into the territorial waters of European countries such as Portugal, Spain, and France on four occasions. Losses along the line are estimated between 10 and 12%, but these are justified, according to Morrish, by a very low LCOE for the solar and wind power plants in Morocco.

Xinks expects to bring online the first 1.8 GW cable at the beginning of 2027 and a second cable two years later.

Xlinks Solar & Wind Power Project in Morocco to deliver 26 TWh of firm and flexible power to the UK each year

When fully completed the approximately US$ 25M Xlinks Solar & Wind Power Project in Morocco will deliver 26 TWh of firm and flexible power to the United Kingdom (UK) each year, the equivalent of 7.5% of the northwestern European country’s electricity demand, and significantly contribute to net-zero targets.

Xlinks Solar & Wind Power Project Summary

  1. Xlinks solar & wind power project will be the longest subsea power transmission link in the world
  2. The Xlinks solar & wind power project in Morocco, will produce a total of 10.5 GW of electricity that will be evacuated to the UK
  3. The power project will be made up of 7 GW of solar capacity and 3.5 GW of wind

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