A series of key wells could further fuel Mauritania’s growing upstream ambitions.

BP, having sanctioned Phase-1 development of the 15tcf Tortue field on the Mauritania/Senegal maritime border at the end of 2018, is not standing still. “We’ve got FIDs coming up: the Gulf of Mexico, the North Sea, Azerbaijan, Mauritania,” CEO Bob Dudley told his firm’s Q4 earnings call on 5 February. Upstream chief Bernard Looney adds that having “just sanctioned Phase-1 of...