DELOS - Deep-ocean Environmental Long-term Observatory System
The DELOS project aims to increase our understanding of the deep water areas that BP are gradually extending into and provide long term environmental monitoring to enhance deep sea scientific research.
Two platforms were deployed in February 2009: one within 50 metres of a sea floor well (DELOS A, near field); and a second 16 km from any sea floor infrastructure (DELOS B, far field). These platforms are situated off Angola, in the Atlantic Ocean in the oil and gas exploration region termed Block 18 at a depth of 1400 m. The platforms will be deployed for 25 years and serviced annually by ROV. Long term monitoring by the DELOS platforms aims to:
Determine long term natural environmental conditions at the deep water site in Angola Block18:
Determine long term effects of the monitoring platform itself on natural processes
Contribute to individual & institutional capacity development in Angola