Patents Assigned to BP Exploration Operating Company Limited
  • Patent number: 10928532
    Abstract: A method includes receiving data indicative of outputs of first and second seismic sensors. The outputs include components corresponding to the detection by the first and second seismic sensors of first and second seismic signals. In addition, the method includes identifying, relative to a first clock in the first seismic sensor, a first time associated with a time of arrival of the first seismic signal at the first seismic sensor, and a second time associated with a time of arrival of the second seismic signal at the first seismic sensor. Further, the method includes identifying, relative to a second clock in the second seismic sensor, a third time associated with a time of arrival of the first seismic signal at the second seismic sensor, and a fourth time associated with a time of arrival of the second seismic signal at the second seismic sensor. Still further, the method includes determining an offset of the first clock relative to the second clock using the first, second, third and fourth times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: BP EXPLORATION OPERATING COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: John Gerard Bouska
  • Patent number: 10815777
    Abstract: A method for detecting incremental oil production from an oil-bearing reservoir includes taking a baseline sample of the oil and analyzing the baseline sample of oil to establish a baseline compositional signature for the oxygen-containing organic compounds in the oil. In addition, the method includes commencing a low salinity waterflood by injecting a low salinity water into the reservoir from an injection well. Further, the method includes recovering oil from a production well. Still further, the method includes taking post-flood samples of the oil produced from the production well over time. The method also includes analyzing the post-flood samples of oil to establish post-flood compositional signatures for the oxygen-containing organic compounds in the oil. Moreover, the method includes identifying a difference between one or more of the post-flood compositional signatures and the baseline compositional signature that is characteristic of incremental oil released by the low salinity waterflood.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: BP EXPLORATION OPERATING COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Ian Ralph Collins, John William Couves, Michael Graham Hodges, Christian Schack Pedersen, Peter Anthony Salino, Christianne Clare Wicking
  • Publication number: 20200308470
    Abstract: A method of cementing a wellbore includes injecting into the wellbore a non-aqueous fluid; injecting into the wellbore a cement slurry and a non-ionic surfactant composition after injecting the non-aqueous fluid; and allowing the cement slurry to set, wherein the non-ionic surfactant composition comprises an alkyl end-capped ethoxylated fatty alcohol, a chain extended non-ionic surfactant, or a combination comprising at least one of the foregoing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Applicants: Baker Hughes Oilfield Operations LLC, BP EXPLORATION OPERATING COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Angela Anh Doan, Antonio Bottiglieri, Daniel J. Daulton, Cresencio Perez, Shanshan Huang, David James Hoolas, Emmanuel Therond, Paulo Jorge da Cunha Gomes
  • Patent number: 10745988
    Abstract: Embodiments relate generally to methods for extracting a core from a percussion side wall core bullet for a digital tomographic description and direct numerical simulations. A method for extracting a core from a percussion side wall core bullet for a digital tomographic description and direct numerical simulations includes pushing a free end of a wire of a wire saw through the core. The core is positioned within the percussion side wall core bullet. In addition, the method includes attaching the free end to a locking mechanism of the wire saw. Further, the method includes cutting the core from the percussion side wall core bullet. The method also includes removing the core from the percussion side wall core bullet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: BP EXPLORATION OPERATING COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Dmitry Lakshtanov
  • Publication number: 20200256834
    Abstract: A system for processing acoustic data to identify an event includes a receiver unit including a processor and a memory. The receiver unit is configured to receive a signal from a sensor disposed along a sensor path or across a sensor area. A processing application is stored in the memory. The processing application, when executed on the processor, configures the processor to: receive the signal from the sensor, where the signal includes an indication of an acoustic signal received at one or more lengths along the sensor path or across a portion of the sensor area and the signal is indicative of the acoustic signal across a frequency spectrum; determine a plurality of frequency domain features of the signal across the frequency spectrum; and generate an output comprising the plurality of frequency domain features.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Publication date: August 13, 2020
    Applicant: BP Exploration Operating Company Limited
    Inventors: Tommy LANGNES, Pradyumna THIRUVENKATANATHAN
  • Publication number: 20200248514
    Abstract: An integrated system includes a desalination plant including a reverse osmosis (RO) array to produce an RO permeate blending stream and a nanofiltration (NF) array to produce an NF permeate blending stream. The integrated system also includes a blending system, a control unit, and an injection system for an injection well that penetrates an oil-bearing layer of a reservoir. The blending system is to blend the RO permeate blending stream and the NF permeate blending stream to produce a blended injection water stream. The control unit is to dynamically alter operation of the blending system to adjust amounts of at least one of the RO permeate blending stream and the NF permeate blending stream to alter the composition of the blended injection water stream from an initial composition to a target composition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Publication date: August 6, 2020
    Applicant: BP Exploration Operating Company Limited
    Inventors: Ian Ralph Collins, John William Couves, John Henry Crouch, John Dale Williams
  • Publication number: 20200240963
    Abstract: A method for analysing a crude oil to determine the amount of organic acid compounds contained in the crude oil includes extracting the organic acid compounds from a sample of crude oil to form an extract and determining the amount of the extracted organic acids In addition, the method includes dissolving the extract in a polar solvent to form a solution of the extracted organic acid compounds Further, the method includes introducing a sample of the solution of the extracted organic acid to an apparatus including a reversed phase liquid chromatography (LC) column and a mass spectrometer (MS) arranged in series. The reversed phase LC column contains a hydrophobic sorbent and the mobile phase for the LC column includes a polar organic solvent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2018
    Publication date: July 30, 2020
    Applicant: BP Exploration Operating Company Limited
    Inventors: John William Couves, Christianne Clare Wicking
  • Publication number: 20200230554
    Abstract: A method includes producing a first blended low salinity injection water for injection into at least one injection well that penetrates a first region of an oil-bearing reservoir and producing a second blended low salinity injection water for injection into at least one injection well that penetrates a second region of an oil-bearing reservoir. The reservoir rock of the first and second regions has first and second rock compositions, respectively, that present different risks of formation damage. The first and second blended low salinity injection waters comprise variable amounts of nanofiltration permeate and reverse osmosis permeate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Publication date: July 23, 2020
    Applicant: BP Exploration Operating Company Limited
    Inventors: Ian Ralph Collins, John William Couves, John Henry Crouch, John Dale Williams
  • Publication number: 20200200000
    Abstract: A method of detecting sand ingress within a wellbore includes obtaining a sample data set, determining a plurality of frequency domain features of the sample data set over a plurality of depth ranges, determining a presence of sand ingress at a first depth range of the plurality of depth ranges within the wellbore based on determining that the plurality of frequency domain features over the first depth range match a sand ingress signature, and determining a presence of sand migration along a second depth range of the plurality of depths within the wellbore based on determining that the plurality of frequency domain features over the second depth range match a sand migration signature. The sample data set is a sample of an acoustic signal originating within a wellbore including a fluid. The sample data set is representative of the acoustic signal across a frequency spectrum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Publication date: June 25, 2020
    Applicant: BP Exploration Operating Company Limited
    Inventors: Tommy LANGNES, Pradyumna THIRUVENKATANATHAN
  • Publication number: 20200190394
    Abstract: A scale inhibition fluid for use in a wellbore comprises a layered double hydroxide (LDH) having a scale inhibitor (SI) intercalated between positively-charged layers thereof. Also disclosed is a scale treatment fluid comprising such an LDH and SI and methods of making and using same. The material can be formed prior to use in a wellbore, formed during a treatment, formed within the wellbore, or the LDH can be recharged within a wellbore by injecting a SI after the material has been in place within the wellbore, or any combination thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Publication date: June 18, 2020
    Applicant: BP Exploration Operating Company Limited
    Inventors: Saul MOORHOUSE, Ian R. COLLINS, Jonathan CROUCH
  • Publication number: 20200182047
    Abstract: A method of detecting sand inflow into a wellbore is disclosed. The method can include obtaining a sample data set, detecting a broadband signal within the sample data set, comparing the broadband signal with a signal reference, determining that the broadband signal meets or exceeds the signal reference, and determining the presence of sand inflow into the wellbore based on determining that the broadband signal meets or exceeds the signal reference. The sample data set can be a sample of an acoustic signal originating within a wellbore comprising a fluid, and the broadband signal at least includes a portion of the sample data set at frequencies above 0.5 kHz.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Publication date: June 11, 2020
    Applicant: BP Exploration Operating Company Limited
    Inventors: Tommy LANGNES, Pradyumna THIRUVENKATANATHAN
  • Publication number: 20200150302
    Abstract: A virtual seismic shot record is generated based at least in part on seismic interferometry of the passive seismic data. Then, a frequency bandwidth of the virtual seismic shot record is determined, wherein the frequency bandwidth comprises a plurality of frequencies. The virtual seismic shot record is transformed into a frequency-dependent seismic shot record based on a first frequency of the plurality of frequencies. Further, a phase shift is applied to the frequency-dependent seismic shot record. A first velocity model is generated from the phase shifted frequency-dependent seismic shot record. A second velocity model may be generated using full-waveform inversion (FWI). One or more depth slices are identified from the second velocity model. A seismic image is generated based on the one or more depth slices for use with seismic exploration above a region of subsurface including a hydrocarbon reservoir and containing structural features conducive to a presence, migration, or accumulation of hydrocarbons.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2019
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Applicant: BP Exploration Operating Company Limited
    Inventors: Zhongmin Song, York Zheng
  • Publication number: 20200140743
    Abstract: A process for reducing the permeability to water of a thief zone of a porous and permeable subterranean petroleum reservoir by injecting a dispersion of polymeric microparticles in an aqueous fluid down a well and into the thief zone, wherein the polymeric microparticles comprise crosslinked copolymer chains having structural units derived from (i) a water-soluble or water-dispersible monomer with a betaine group, (ii) a water-insoluble monomer, and, (iii) a cross-linking monomer having at least two sites of ethylenic unsaturation, and the polymeric microparticles have a transition temperature above the maximum temperature encountered in the well and at or below the maximum temperature encountered in the thief zone and, and the polymeric microparticles expand in size in the thief zone when they encounter a temperature at or greater than the transition temperature so as to reduce the permeability of the thief zone to water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Applicant: BP Exploration Operating Company Limited
    Inventors: Rachel Kelly O'Reilly, Rebecca Jane Williams
  • Patent number: 10579025
    Abstract: A method for recovering crude oil from a reservoir that is penetrated by at least one injection well and at least one production well wherein the reservoir comprises a first carbonate rock layer and a second carbonate rock layer each having crude oil and a resident water present within the pore space thereof, the method comprising: isolating the second rock layer from direct hydraulic communication with the injection well; and injecting an injection water having a total-dissolved-solids (TDS) content lower than the TDS content of the resident water from the injection well into the first rock layer thereby forming a sulfate enriched aqueous displacement fluid through dissolution of water-soluble sulfate minerals from the first rock layer into the injection water wherein the displacement fluid flows through the first rock layer and from the first rock layer into and through the second rock layer thereby displacing oil towards the production well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: BP EXPLORATION OPERATING COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Peter Salino
  • Publication number: 20200032639
    Abstract: A method of detecting sand inflow into a wellbore is disclosed. The method can include obtaining a sample data set, detecting a broadband signal within the sample data set, comparing the broadband signal with a signal reference, determining that the broadband signal meets or exceeds the signal reference, and determining the presence of sand inflow into the wellbore based on determining that the broadband signal meets or exceeds the signal reference. The sample data set can be a sample of an acoustic signal originating within a wellbore comprising a fluid, and the broadband signal at least includes a portion of the sample data set at frequencies above 0.5 kHz.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2019
    Publication date: January 30, 2020
    Applicant: BP Exploration Operating Company Limited
    Inventors: Tommy LANGNES, Pradyumna THIRUVENKATANATHAN
  • Publication number: 20190390546
    Abstract: A method of detecting an event within a wellbore includes obtaining a sample data set, determining a plurality of frequency domain features of the sample data set, comparing the plurality of frequency domain features with an event signature, determining that the plurality of frequency domain features matches the thresholds, ranges, or both of the event signature, and determining the presence of the event within the wellbore based on determining that the plurality of frequency domain features match the thresholds, ranges, or both of the event signature. The sample data set is a sample of an acoustic signal originating within a wellbore including a fluid. The sample data set is representative of the acoustic signal across a frequency spectrum. The event signature includes a plurality of thresholds, ranges, or both corresponding to the plurality of frequency domain features.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2019
    Publication date: December 26, 2019
    Applicant: BP Exploration Operating Company Limited
    Inventors: Tommy LANGNES, Pradyumna THIRUVENKATANATHAN
  • Publication number: 20190293819
    Abstract: A method for processing seismic data includes receiving, by a seismic data processing system, signals representing seismic data recorded at a remote location. In addition, the method includes receiving, by the seismic data processing system, identification of a sensor via which the signals were acquired. Further, the method includes retrieving, by the seismic data processing system, a sensor transfer function that corresponds to the sensor and relates the motion of the sensor to the signals. The method also includes generating, by the seismic data processing system, based on the sensor transfer function and a reference transfer function, an inverse filter that when applied to the signals changes parameters of the signals to correspond to the reference transfer function. Moreover, the method includes applying, by the seismic data processing system, the inverse filter to the signals to conform the parameters of the signals to the reference transfer function.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Applicant: BP Exploration Operating Company Limited
    Inventors: John Gerard Bouska, Amine Ourabah, Robin Roy Wye
  • Publication number: 20190276729
    Abstract: A process for reducing the permeability to water of a thief zone of a porous and permeable subterranean petroleum reservoir includes injecting a composition comprising a dispersion of betainised crosslinked polymeric microparticles in an aqueous fluid down a well and into a thief zone. The betainised crosslinked polymeric microparticles have a transition temperature that is at or below the maximum temperature encountered in the thief zone and greater than the maximum temperature encountered in the well. The betainised crosslinked polymeric microparticles are solvated by water, expand in size and optionally aggregate in the thief zone when they encounter a temperature greater than the transition temperature so as to reduce the permeability of the thief zone to water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Publication date: September 12, 2019
    Applicant: BP Exploration Operating Company Limited
    Inventors: Emma Jane CHAPMAN, Rachel Kerry O'REILLY, Helen WILLCOCK, Rebecca Jane WILLIAMS
  • Publication number: 20190257182
    Abstract: A method for selecting an aqueous displacement fluid comprising an aqueous solution of dissolved phosphate species includes obtaining reservoir parameters for a reservoir, receiving an input comprising a permitted loss of dissolved phosphate species resulting from mixing of the aqueous displacement fluid and resident water following injection of a selected pore volume of the aqueous displacement fluid, selecting an aqueous displacement fluid, and determining that a composition of the aqueous displacement fluid is within an operating envelope using the reservoir parameters and the permitted loss of dissolved phosphate species. The reservoir parameters include physical characteristics of the reservoir and chemical characteristics of the resident water. The operating envelope defines boundary conditions for one or more parameters of the composition of the aqueous displacement fluid to limit a loss of dissolved phosphate species upon injection into the reservoir to less than or equal to the permitted loss.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Publication date: August 22, 2019
    Applicant: BP Exploration Operating Company Limited
    Inventors: John William Couves, Piotr Krawiec, Bilal Rashid, Timothy Stephen Totton
  • Patent number: 10370911
    Abstract: Methods of drilling earth formations may involve removing a portion of an underlying earth formation utilizing cutting elements of an earth-boring drill bit. A rotational speed of the drill string may be sensed utilizing a first sensor. A rate of penetration of the drill string during advancement of the earth-boring drill bit may be sensed utilizing a second sensor. An instantaneous average depth of cut of cutting elements of the earth-boring drill bit may be determined utilizing a control unit to calculate the instantaneous average depth of cut based on a sensed rotational speed of the drill string and a sensed speed of advancement of the drill string. The weight on the earth-boring drill bit may be increased utilizing the drawworks when the instantaneous average depth of cut is less than the predetermined minimum depth of cut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignees: Baker Hughes Incorporated, BP Exploration Operating Company Limited
    Inventors: David A. Curry, Rudolf Carl Pessier, Reed W. Spencer, Andrea Kuesters, John Wingate