Gorgon project gets water quality monitoring system

Chevron Australia has awarded Fastwave Communications a contract to supply a water quality monitoring system for the Gorgon project, offshore Australia.

Offshore staff

PERTH, Western Australia, and BETHESDA, Maryland -- Chevron Australia has awarded Fastwave Communications a contract to supply a water quality monitoring system for the Gorgon project, offshore Australia.

The system, based on satellite data links from Iridium Communications Inc., will monitor turbidity levels from dredging and spoil operations near the Barrow Island gas processing plant.

The Fastwave system consists of underwater instrumentation modules on the sea floor around dredging and spoil disposal sites. Each module contains turbidity sensors, data loggers, an Iridium short-burst data (SBD) modem, and rechargeable battery packs. The modules are connected to small moored buoys that relay data packets through satellites to an onshore monitoring system.

11/11/2009

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