SATELLITE USED IN OFFSHORE MONITORING SYSTEM

A solar powered flow computer on a platform in the Gulf of Mexico monitors gas production and sends the data to a personal computer (PC) in New Orleans via a geosynchronous satellite located some 22,000 miles over the equator. Daniel Flow Products Inc. and Chevron Production Inc. are testing the satellite communication system, designated "DAN * STAR," on Chevron's Main Pass 41 platform some 100 miles south of New Orleans. The platform produces 50 MMcfd gas to the Chandeleur Pipeline.

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