All is not plain sailing at BP’s $12bn, 5tcf, West Nile Delta (WND) project in Egypt’s deepwater Mediterranean. Not only did last month’s start-up of Phase-2 output from the Giza and Fayoum fields miss the “late 2018” schedule, but production from Phase-1 has “experienced steeper than anticipated decline,” 17.25% partner Dea acknowledges in its Q4 results, released 7 March.

Output from the two Phase-1 fields, Taurus and Libra, began in late March...