Patents Examined by Zakiya W. Bates
  • Patent number: 10400153
    Abstract: Methods of circulating a drilling fluid while drilling a shallow wellbore that is highly deviated or horizontal. The drilling fluid comprises an aqueous base fluid, iota carrageenan, partially hydrolyzed polyacrylamide, and a divalent cation selected from the group consisting of a calcium ion, a magnesium ion, and any combination thereof. The shallow wellbore that is highly deviated or horizontal is no greater than about 610 meters below an earth surface, and in a range of about 55° to about 125° from a vertical inclination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Preston Andrew May
  • Patent number: 10392555
    Abstract: A method of designing a nanoparticle tailored to support hydrocarbon recovery in a subterranean formation, a method for using nanoparticles to extract hydrocarbon from a subterranean formation, and a nanoparticle structure. The method may include determining environmental conditions of a subterranean formation, defining nanoparticle parameters based on the environmental conditions, and forming a nanoparticle comprising the nanoparticle parameters. The method may include producing a colloidal suspension of nanoparticles by mixing nanoparticles with water and injecting the colloidal suspension of nanoparticles into a subterranean formation. A nanoparticle structure may include a hydrophilic material in a defined three-dimensional shape having a maximum diameter. The nanoparticle may penetrate through an oil-water interface with an optimized contact angle, minimize an interfacial area between oil and water, and create an oil in water emulsion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ronaldo Giro, Claudius Feger, Mathias B. Steiner
  • Patent number: 10392898
    Abstract: A crossover tool for use in a wellbore includes: a tubular housing having a bypass port; a mandrel having a bore therethrough and a mandrel port in fluid communication with the mandrel bore, the mandrel movable relative to the tubular housing between a first position where the mandrel port is isolated from the bypass port and a second position where the mandrel port is aligned with the bypass port; and an actuator operable to move the mandrel between the first position and the second position. The actuator includes a first piston connected to the mandrel and a second piston operable in response to the first piston.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: WEATHERFORD TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Richard L. Giroux, Eric R. Evans
  • Patent number: 10385261
    Abstract: Disclosed are coated particles. The coated particles include substrate particles and a coating disposed over at least a portion of the substrate particles. The coating includes a condensation reaction product of a reaction mixture that includes a liquid isocyanate-functional component and an isocyanate-reactive composition. Also disclosed are methods for making such particles and methods for using such particles as proppants in hydraulic fracturing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: COVESTRO LLC
    Inventors: Stephen J. Harasin, Kenneth R. Riddle, Michael T. Wellman
  • Patent number: 10385667
    Abstract: A comprehensive enhanced oil recovery system that combines a plurality of different implementations of several enhanced oil recovery methods in an integrated system. The enhanced oil recovery system includes heating an underground reservoir having a heat transfer matrix to increase the temperature of the reservoir around a production well. The heat transfer matrix includes thermal injection wells, production wells and heat delivery wells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: GTHERM ENERGY, INC.
    Inventors: Michael J. Parrella, Martin A. Shimko
  • Patent number: 10378319
    Abstract: Process for stimulating and maintaining the activity of a microbial consortia within a subterranean solid carbonaceous medium to produce methane are described. The process comprises the steps of: (A) dosing a first nutrient composition into the microbial consortia environment, (B) monitoring the microbial consortia environment, including the generation of methane therein; (C) dosing a second nutrient composition into the microbial consortia based upon the results of step (B); and (D) repeating steps (B) and (C) and, if required, (E) dosing a further nutrient composition into the microbial consortia environment based upon the results of step (D).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: COMMONWEALTH SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH ORGANISATION
    Inventors: David Lambourne, Philip Hendry
  • Patent number: 10378299
    Abstract: In one embodiment of this disclosure, method of formulating a sealant to span an opening and form a seal with surfaces across the opening is provided. The method further includes selecting a fluid material capable of contacting and adhering to the surface of the opening and which reacts to form a solid material as a result of a thermal reaction. The method further includes selecting and intermixing one or more solids with the fluid material to form a composite, wherein the composite cures from a fluid to a solid and bond to the surfaces of the opening and the change in volume of the composite as the temperature thereof changes during curing is insufficient to cause it to pull away from the surfaces of the opening or fail internally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: CSI TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: Freddie Lynn Sabins, Jorge Esteban Leal, Larry Thomas Watters
  • Patent number: 10378307
    Abstract: A layer of permeable material is positioned on an area of lost circulation lithology in a wellbore. An example of the permeable material includes a planar member with perforations that is rolled into and retained in an annular configuration. The permeable material is lowered into the wellbore adjacent the area of lost circulation and allowed to unroll and expand radially outward against walls of the wellbore. The wellbore wall along the area of lost circulation lithology can be reamed out so the layer of permeable material is out of the way of a drill bit. Applying a bridging agent on the interface where the permeable material contacts the wellbore wall forms a flow barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: John Timothy Allen, Brett Bouldin
  • Patent number: 10376995
    Abstract: A downhole tool conveyable within a wellbore extending into a subterranean formation, wherein the downhole tool comprises a first component, a second component, and a solder electrically and mechanically coupling the first and second components, wherein the solder comprises or consists of: from 9.6 to 10.2 weight % of antimony; from 0.01 to 0.25 weight % of manganese; and tin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Francis Dupouy, Mark Kostinovsky, Suriyakan Vongtragool Kleitz, Chandradip Pravinbhai Patel
  • Patent number: 10378314
    Abstract: A method for cleaning pipes using shock wave generating devices (i) within an interior of a pipe and focusing shock waves therein to remove accumulated material and (ii) from the exterior of a pipe by sending shock waves into the pipe from the exterior to remove accumulated material therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: SANUWAVE, INC.
    Inventors: Iulian Cioanta, Cary McGhin
  • Patent number: 10370950
    Abstract: A method of enhancing conductivity within a hydrocarbon-bearing reservoir by building proppant pillars in a spatial arrangement in fractures created or enlarged in the reservoir. Two fluids of differing stability are simultaneously pumped into the reservoir. The fluids may contain identical proppant mixtures which include a first proppant which has an apparent specific gravity less than the apparent specific gravity of a second proppant. The fluids may contain identical proppants mixtures where the average particle size of a first proppant is greater than the average particle size of a second proppant. Vertically extending pillars are created within the formation when the fluids are destabilized and the first proppant is then released from the destabilized fluids. The area between the pillars may be held open by the presence of the second proppant in the remaining fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Baker Hughes, a GE Company, LLC
    Inventors: D. V. Satyanarayana Gupta, Ahmed M. Gomaa, Scott Gregory Nelson
  • Patent number: 10370587
    Abstract: Compositions containing a mixture of microcapsules and a bulk polymer, where the microcapsules have an oil field chemical contained within the microcapsules are provided. The microcapsules can be present in a variety of configurations. The microcapsules contain a core or a micro-matrix containing the oil field chemicals. The core or micro-matrix can be surrounded by one or more polymeric shells, where each shell contains at least one polymer that affects the release of the oil field chemical from the composition. The compositions provide for the sustained release of an oil field chemical into fluid in an oil field reservoir over long periods of time. Methods of making the compositions and articles containing the compositions are also provided. Further provided are methods of tracing the movement of fluid in a hydrocarbon reservoir using the compositions, and methods of providing for the sustained release of oil field chemicals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Johnson Matthey Public Limited Company
    Inventors: Neil Borrell, Chun-tian Zhao
  • Patent number: 10370583
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the use of an aminosulphonate compound corresponding to the following formula (I): R1R2N—CHR3—CHR4—CHR5—SO3? (I) where: •R1 is a preferably C2 to C24 alkyl or alkylamido radical; •R2 is an optionally hydroxylated alkyl radical; •R3, R4 and R5 are, independently of one another, H or OH; it being understood that at least one of the R3, R4 and/or R5 groups is OH, for stabilizing a foam, in particular a foam used to extract hydrocarbons in an underground formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: RHODIA OPERATIONS
    Inventors: Mikel Morvan, Max Chabert
  • Patent number: 10370949
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a particularly effective well configuration that can be used for SAGD and other steam based oil recovery methods. Fishbone multilateral wells are combined with SAGD, effectively expanding steam coverage, but the fishbones are preheated to mitigate plugging problems, with e.g., resistive heating, EM heating or chemical heating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: CONOCOPHILLIPS COMPANY
    Inventors: Sergei A. Filatyev, Pradeep Ananth Govind, Thomas J. Wheeler
  • Patent number: 10370948
    Abstract: The invention relates to injecting steam into crude oil for several benefits, primarily of which is to remove salt by transferring the salt into the condensed water from the steam. Steam transfers salt via a different transfer mechanism and therefore doesn't require the high shear mixing of conventional water injection systems. As such, steam injection through a variety of procedures, is more efficient at gathering salt into water that itself is easier to remove from the crude oil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Phillips 66 Company
    Inventors: Keith H. Lawson, Derek H. Willman
  • Patent number: 10370951
    Abstract: A method of performing a squeeze treatment comprises pumping a treatment fluid under pressure through a wellbore into a subterranean formation, wherein the treatment fluid includes a hydrogen sulfide scavenging compound that adsorbs onto the subterranean formation in a region around the wellbore. Production fluids are then allowed to flow from the subterranean formation into the wellbore, wherein the production fluids contact the adsorbed hydrogen sulfide scavenging compound as the production fluids flow through the region around the wellbore, and wherein the production fluids contain hydrogen sulfide that reacts with the hydrogen sulfide scavenging compound to reduce an amount of hydrogen sulfide in the production fluids before the production fluids flow into the wellbore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Paul Bailey, Aaron D. Martinez, Erick J. Acosta, Ravindranath Mukkamala, Maximilian A. Silvestri, Jose M. Macias
  • Patent number: 10370579
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to the use of alkali aluminates and alkali silicates with cement kiln dust to form a settable composition for use in subterranean operations. An embodiment provides a method comprising: introducing a settable composition comprising cement kiln dust, an alkali aluminate, an alkali silicate, and an aqueous carrier fluid into a subterranean formation; and allowing the settable composition to set and thereby reduce fluid flow through a portion of the subterranean formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Kyriacos Agapiou, Thomas Jason Pisklak
  • Patent number: 10365262
    Abstract: A method of monitoring a parameter of a hydrocarbon well, pipeline or formation is provided. The method comprises introducing a tracer into the hydrocarbon well, pipeline or formation; producing a fluid from the hydrocarbon well, pipeline or formation; and analyzing the fluid to determine if the tracer is present in the fluid. The tracer comprises a halogenated alkoxylated-benzoic acid, an alkoxylated benzene sulfonic acid, a salt of a halogenated alkoxylated-benzoic acid or a salt of an alkoxylated benzene sulfonic acid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Johnson Matthey Public Limited Company
    Inventor: Aidan Brierley
  • Patent number: 10364660
    Abstract: Method comprising introducing a proppant-free fluid into a wellbore penetrating a subterranean formation to create or enhance one or more fractures; providing binding agent-coated proppant comprising proppant coated with a binding agent; and introducing, in alternating order, a proppant-laden fluid and a spacer fluid into one or more of the fractures. The proppant-laden fluid comprises a base fluid and binding agent-coated proppant, and the spacer fluid comprises a base fluid and degradable ultra-low density particulates. And forming a proppant pack in the fracture, wherein the proppant pack comprises binding agent-coated proppant and degradable ultra-low density particulates; producing hydrocarbons through the proppant pack; wherein the hydrocarbons degrade the degradable ultra-low density particulates to leave behind particulate-free channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip D. Nguyen, Loan K. Vo
  • Patent number: 10364643
    Abstract: Methods including experimentally determining a salt creep profile for a single salt or intercalated salts in a subterranean formation, designing a proposed cement slurry based on the salt creep profile, experimentally determining whether the proposed cement slurry is capable of forming a wellbore load resistant cement sheath based on actual thermal and thermo-mechanical properties of the proposed cement slurry, theoretically determining whether the proposed cement slurry is capable of forming the wellbore load resistant cement sheath by designing an electronic, cross-section geometric model of the subterranean salt formation and simulating a condition of the wellbore loads on the cured proposed cement slurry using the geometric model, establishing a final cement slurry capable of forming the wellbore load resistant cement sheath, and performing a final cementing operation with the final cement slurry in the subterranean salt formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Siva Rama Krishna Jandhyala, Krishna M. Ravi