Half a kilometre below the surface of the Atlantic ocean, stretching alongside most of Mauritania and down to Senegal, lies an ecosystem that is 100 metres high and 580 kilometres long, and which took around 200,000 years to grow. Scientists believe that it’s the largest known cold-water reef in the world. In the seas around it, endangered or vulnerable shark, turtle and whale species are likely present – and waterbirds stop to feed as they make their journey along one of their major global migration corridors. On the edge of this ecosystem, BP is developing a new gas field 2.7km below the surface, a depth never before attempted in Africa. Construction is already underway, with the first 20-year phase approved two years ago in an agreement between BP and its partners – Kosmos Energy, the national oil companies Petrosen and SMHPM, and the Senegalese and Mauritanian governments. First gas is expected in two years’ time.
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