DELOS - Deep-ocean Environmental Long-term Observatory System
The DELOS project aim is to increase our understanding of the deep water areas BP are gradually extending into, and provide long term environmental monitoring to enhance deep sea scientific research.
Two platforms have been deployed (February 2009), one within 50 metres of a sea floor well, and a second 16km from any sea floor infratstructure. These platforms are situated off Angola, in the Atlantic Ocean in the oil and gas exploration region termed Block 18 at a depth of 1400m. The platforms will be deployed for 25 years and serviced every 6 months by ROV. The long term monitoring by the DELOS platforms will allow:
Determine long term natural environmental conditions at deepwater site in Angola Block18:
Determine long term effects of monitoring platform itself on natural processes
Contribute to individual & institutional capacity development in Angola