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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 Oreleans 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.
The system is being tested to determine its feasibility for future operational use (see accompanying picture). Conventional communications in the Gulf of Mexico are often …