Patents Examined by Charles R. Nold
  • Patent number: 11685857
    Abstract: A method of evaluating a surfactant is provided. The method includes preparing a first emulsion comprising an aqueous phase, an oleaginous phase, and a first surfactant. Then the method includes determining an average droplet size of oleaginous phase droplets in the first emulsion. The method then includes preparing a second emulsion comprising the aqueous phase, the oleaginous phase, and a second surfactant, and then determining an average droplet size of oleaginous phase droplets in the second emulsion. After determining droplet sizes of both emulsions, the method includes comparing the average droplet size of the of the oleaginous phase droplets in the first emulsion to the average droplet size of the oleaginous phase droplets in the second emulsion, and based on the comparing of the average droplet sizes, determining a relative interfacial tension of the first surfactant as compared to the second surfactant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2023
    Inventors: Waleed Abdulaziz Dokhon, Abdulkareem M. Alsofi
  • Patent number: 11680200
    Abstract: According to embodiments disclosed herein, a gel fluid composite may include a nanosilica gel and a plurality of quantum dot tracers. The nanosilica gel may be configured to seal one or more downhole fractures in a wellbore. The plurality of quantum dot tracers may be dispersed in the nanosilica gel. The plurality of quantum dot tracers may each include a semiconductor particle core housed in a silica shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2023
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Wengang Li, Jin Huang
  • Patent number: 11680454
    Abstract: A method of plugging a well extending into a formation to facilitate temporary or permanent abandonment of the well. The method comprises conveying a plug placement and verification tool (PPVT) through the well, to a plug formation location, the PPVT comprising a stinger for delivering a plugging material into the well, an expandable packer disposed at one end of the stinger and a pressure sensor disposed below the expandable packer, and operating the expandable packer to form a seal in the well above the pressure sensor. The method further comprises delivering a plugging material from the stinger into a region of the well above the expandable packer, thereby forming a plug in the well, and thereafter creating a pressure change above the plug and verifying the integrity of the plug using the pressure sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2023
    Inventors: Gjermund Grimsbo, Pål Viggo Hemmingsen, Halvor Kjørholt, Gisle Stjern
  • Patent number: 11674070
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure provide an unfoldable device for controlling lost circulation in a target lost circulation zone in a borehole. The unfoldable device includes a sheet, a backbone, and a shell. The sheet has an unfolded state and a folded state. The backbone reinforces the sheet. The backbone includes a shape-memory material having an original state and a deformed state. The shell encapsulates the sheet in the folded state and the backbone in the deformed state. In some embodiments, the shell includes a degradable polymer that degrades in the borehole upon contact with a drilling fluid such that the sheet transitions to the unfolded state and the backbone transitions to the original state. The sheet in the unfolded state accumulates on a borehole wall at least partially covering an entrance to a macrochannel of the target lost circulation zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2023
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Simone Musso, Ashok Santra, Sivaprakash Shanmugam
  • Patent number: 11667832
    Abstract: Producing proppants with nanoparticle proppant coatings includes reacting nanoparticles with at least one of an alkoxysilane solution or a halosilane solution to form functionalized nanoparticles and coating proppant particles with unfunctionalized organic resin, a strengthening agent, and the functionalized nanoparticles to produce the nanoparticle coated proppant. The functionalized nanoparticles include nanoparticles having at least one attached omniphobic moiety including at least a fluoroalkyl-containing group including 1H, 1H, 2H, 2H-perfluorooctylsilane. The strengthening agent comprises at least one of carbon nanotubes, silica, alumina, mica, nanoclay, graphene, boron nitride nanotubes, vanadium pentoxide, zinc oxide, calcium carbonate, or zirconium oxide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2023
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Rajesh Kumar Saini, Mohammad Hamidul Haque, Mohammed Sayed
  • Patent number: 11667826
    Abstract: A wellbore fluid comprising a first aqueous base fluid and a plurality of silica nanoparticles suspended in the first aqueous base fluid. The nanoparticles are present in the fluid in an amount to have an effect of decreasing a crystallization temperature by at least 4 to 55° F. as compared to a second aqueous base fluid without the silica nanoparticles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2023
    Inventors: Hui Joyce Zhang, Xia Wei, Steven Young
  • Patent number: 11661541
    Abstract: In wellbore abandonment operations using recycled tire rubber, a quantity of shredded rubber obtained by shredding waste tires is mixed with a quantity of a wellbore fluid to form a wellbore abandonment fluid. A first plug of cement is flowed into a wellbore to be abandoned. After the first plug of cement has set, the wellbore abandonment fluid is flowed into the wellbore such that the wellbore abandonment fluid contacts and is uphole of the first plug of cement within the wellbore. After flowing the wellbore abandonment fluid into the wellbore, a second plug of cement is flowed into the wellbore such that the second plug of cement contacts and is uphole of the wellbore abandonment fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2023
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Saad Hamid, Nahr M. Abulhamayel, Mohammed Alatigue, Abdullah A. Almulhim
  • Patent number: 11649396
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for the preparation of a water-soluble copolymer comprising the step of reacting a monomer (a) of formula (I), wherein Q1, Q2, R1 to R7 and X have the meaning as indicated in the description and claims with at least one monoethylenically unsaturated, anionic monomer (b), preferably representing a monoethylenically unsaturated monomer comprising at least one carboxy, phosphonate or sulfonate group and salts thereof, preferably their ammonium salts or alkaline-earth metal salts or alkali metal salts; and at least one monoethylenically unsaturated, non-ionic monomer (c). The present invention further relates to a copolymer obtainable by said process and its use in enhanced oil recovery (EOR), a formulation comprising said copolymer and a method of oil production uses said formulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Assignee: BASF SE
    Inventors: Bjoern Langlotz, Christian Bittner, Stefan Stein
  • Patent number: 11643588
    Abstract: The embodiments described herein generally relate to methods and chemical compositions for use with wellbore treatment processes. In one embodiment, a composition is provided comprising a cementitious material, a drilling fluid, or combinations thereof, and an additive composition comprising one or more components selected from the group of an aqueous insoluble lignin, a coke fine, a random tetracopolymer having the formula styrene-butadiene-acrylic-fumaric acid, a polyvinyl acetate, a surfactant composition, and combinations thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Assignee: HEXION INC.
    Inventors: Li Jiang, Jan Beetge, Fenglou Zou
  • Patent number: 11624021
    Abstract: A method for controlling the permeability of an oil well includes the steps of preparing a polymerizable bicomponent system having at least a fluid with at least an olefinically unsaturated first polymerizable compound; optionally, at least one radical polymerization initiator IA, the initiator IA being activated thermally or in the presence of an accelerating compound and a fluid with a radical polymerization activator, the activator being selected from: a radical polymerization initiator IB for polymerizing the polymerizable compound, the initiator IB having an activation temperature equal to or lower than the temperature of the thief zone, an accelerator of the initiator IA, The method further includes injecting one of the fluids into the well annulus until the thief zone is reached, and injecting the remainder into the tubular element, until it comes into contact with the fluid injected through the annulus to form a blocking polymer at the thief zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2023
    Assignee: ENI S.P.A.
    Inventors: Elisa Di Biase, Matia Minelli, Davide Moscatelli, Azzurra Agostini
  • Patent number: 11618849
    Abstract: A treatment fluid and process for enhancing hydrocarbon production from a shale formation using a treatment fluid comprising a water soluble delayed release carbonate-dissolving agent and introducing the treatment fluid into the shale formation after or as part of a hydraulic fracturing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2023
    Inventor: Ralph Edmund Harris
  • Patent number: 11608737
    Abstract: A fluid control system includes a fluid control device configured to be connected to at least one of two casing elements in a well, for controlling a fluid flow between a bore of the fluid control device and a zone located outside the casing elements; and a tracer material located within an inner chamber of a body of the fluid control device, the tracer material being uniquely associated with the fluid control device. The fluid control device is configured to release, when activated, the tracer material out of the inner chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2023
    Assignee: GEODYNAMICS, INC.
    Inventors: Dennis Roessler, John Hardesty
  • Patent number: 11584881
    Abstract: Disclosed is a temperature stabilized aqueous wettability composition and method of use for the recovery of petroleum from subterranean formulations. Said aqueous wettability composition comprises a polyethylene oxide nonionic surfactant, a disulfonated anionic surfactant, and one or more alcohol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2023
    Inventors: Troy E. Knight, Susan K. Falcone-Potts, Martha Hernandez, Amit Katiyar, Pramod D. Patil
  • Patent number: 11584819
    Abstract: The invention relates to an inverse polymer emulsion having the particular feature of auto-inverting without any need for the use of an inverting agent and containing a polymer of at least one water-soluble monomer and at least one LCST macromonomer. The invention also relates to the use of the inverse emulsion in the fields of the oil and gas industry, water treatment, slurry treatment, paper manufacturing, construction, mining, cosmetics, textiles, detergents or agriculture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2023
    Assignee: SPCM SA
    Inventors: Cédrick Favero, Olivier Braun, Thierry Leblanc
  • Patent number: 11585187
    Abstract: The disclosure describes hydrocarbon flowline corrosion inhibitor overpressure protection. Such a protection system includes a fluid flow pathway fluidically coupled to a corrosion inhibitor injection pump that injections corrosion inhibitor into a hydrocarbon carrying flowline. When the injection pump pressure exceeds a threshold flow pressure, the corrosion inhibitor is flowed through a first branch of the fluid flow pathway to relieve the excess pressure. The first branch is fluidically isolated from a second branch. When a rupture disc in the first branch fails, then the corrosion inhibitor is diverted to flow through the second branch and the first branch is isolated from the corrosion inhibitor flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2023
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Fathi BuGubaia, Khalid Al Ghamdi, Mohammad R. Khunaizi, Rashid D. Al Hajri, Khalid Al Subaie, Zayed Qahtani
  • Patent number: 11566165
    Abstract: A method and compounds for enhanced oil recovery (EOR) including flooding of a mixture of water and one or more of the compounds in a geological formation. The compounds have a fluoroalkyl group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: S. Sherry Zhu, Ayrat Gizzatov, Marta Antoniv
  • Patent number: 11549047
    Abstract: Modified Drilling fluid compositions and methods for using drilling fluid compositions are provided with enhanced loss control properties where the modified drilling fluid may include a carrier fluid, one or more drilling fluid additives, and a loss control material blend. The loss control material blend may include a particle component of sized particulate comprising a plurality of a mixture of untreated date seed particles and a fibrous component comprising a mixture of hard date leaflet fibers and soft date tree fibers prepared from date tree waste materials. Methods to control lost circulation in a lost circulation zone in a wellbore may include introducing a modified drilling fluid into the wellbore such that the modified drilling fluid contacts the lost circulation zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Inventors: Md Amanullah, Turki Al-Subaie
  • Patent number: 11548787
    Abstract: A chemical gel system having a polymer and a silicon oxide Janus nanosheets crosslinker for treating thief zones in carbonate formations. The polymer and silicon oxide Janus nanosheets crosslinker may form a crosslinked polymer gel to reduce or prevent water production via thief zones during hydrocarbon production. The silicon oxide Janus nanosheets crosslinker includes a first side having negatively charged functional groups and a second side having amines. The negatively charged functional groups may include negatively charged oxygen groups and hydroxyl groups. Methods of reducing water production in a thief zone using the silicon oxide Janus nanosheets crosslinker and methods of manufacturing the silicon oxide Janus nanosheets crosslinker are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Jin Huang, Feng Liang, Wengang Li
  • Patent number: 11525347
    Abstract: An apparatus may include an inlet and an enclosure includes a container that is coupled to the inlet. The container may receive water from the inlet. The apparatus may further include various check valves coupled to the container. The apparatus may further include a laser head coupled to the container. The laser head may receive a laser signal that converts the water inside the container into steam. The check valves may release the steam outside the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Inventor: Abdullah M. Alharith
  • Patent number: 11505736
    Abstract: A system may include: a source of water fluidically coupled to a fracturing blender; water testing equipment disposed between the source of water and the fracturing blender wherein the water testing equipment is operable to measure at least one property of the source of water; a plurality of friction reducing polymers operable to be added to the fracturing blender; and a control system comprising: at least one processor; and a memory coupled to the processor to provide software that configures the processor to receive an input signal from the water testing equipment and select at least one of the plurality of friction reducing polymers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Ian Wood Straffin, Howard Thomas Riley, Teddy Joel Dubois, James William Ogle