WSP expands role on Xlinks’ innovative Morocco-UK power project


WSP is supporting route optimisation, power systems and interface management on large-scale renewable generation project.

Leading multidisciplinary professional services consultancy WSP has expanded its technical advisory role to Xlinks on its innovative Morocco-UK power project.

WSP was originally appointed in August 2022 to provide technical services for the tendering process for four HVDC converter stations and ancillary works for the energy generation project.
This included the procurement process for converter stations in the UK and Morocco, UK grid connection works, connection to the generation assets in Morocco and an interface between the converter stations and the HVDC cable systems in the UK and Morocco.

WSP has now expanded its support to Xlinks to conduct route optimisation studies for the DC cables, complete modelling and technical specification for the HDVC power system and to deliver interface management between the various parties.

A power park constructed in Morocco will generate nearly 11.5GW of reliable and flexible power through a blend of renewable energy sources, including solar, wind and battery storage. This energy will be transported to the UK through four 3,800km HDVC sub-sea cables, nearly five times longer than any cables previously used on similar projects.

These cables will deliver a combined capacity of 3.6GW of energy to the UK, enough to provide up to 8% of Great Britain’s electricity needs. In October, the UK government designated the Xlinks Morocco-UK power project as a nationally significant infrastructure project.

Daniel Abbott, director for offshore transmission at WSP, said: “We’re excited to continue to support Xlinks on this remarkable project which will play a significant role in boosting the proportion of the UK’s energy supply from renewable sources.

“The scale of the Xlinks Morocco-UK power project makes its delivery a complex process but we’re proud to have the opportunity to continue to provide our technical expertise to Xlinks in making this transformational scheme a reality.”

Nigel Williams, project director for Xlinks, said: “We welcome the expanded support of WSP across the project. They bring proven expertise to key elements of the Morocco-UK power project.”

Paul Tremble, chief strategy officer and managing director for energy at WSP, said: “For the UK to reach net zero, it must rapidly decarbonise its energy supply through a mix of renewable energy sources and technologies. The magnitude of this project, as well as the innovation that will go into its design and construction, means it will significantly contribute to a clean and reliable energy future for the UK. WSP is proud to have the opportunity to play an important role in its delivery.”