Lateral Probe Or Port Sealed Against Well Wall Patents (Class 166/100)
  • Patent number: 11174711
    Abstract: A method of non-line-of-sight coating of a sand screen for use in wellbores during the production of hydrocarbon fluids from subterranean formations. The coating can have uniformly coated internal and external surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: CHEVRON U.S.A. INC.
    Inventors: Jeremy Alexander Davis, Antonio Lazo, Reza Sarrafi-Nour, David Reuel Underdown
  • Patent number: 11035222
    Abstract: A probe (3) and a probe arrangement (1) for a pressure measurement of a water phase inside a hydrocarbon reservoir (12). The probe (3) comprises a body (5) comprising a pressure measuring chamber (7) and at least one opening (10) to the pressure measuring chamber (7), and a surface of the body (5) is arranged with a hydrophilic characteristic. The probe arrangement comprises a displacement mechanism (46) adapted to displace the probe from a first position, where the opening of the probe is located outside the reservoir, to a second position, where said at least one opening (10) of the probe (3) is located at a position inside the reservoir (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: HYDROPHILIC AS
    Inventor: Trond Arne Rolfsvåg
  • Patent number: 10954776
    Abstract: A mechanical perforation locator has a plurality of perforation locator pins that are normally urged to a run-in condition. Fluid pumped into a work string energizes the perforation locator and urges the perforation locator pins outwardly. When the mechanical perforation locator is pulled or pushed through a cased well bore using the work string, some of the pins are forced into perforations in the casing, which impedes movement of the perforation locator and produces a characteristic spike in work string weight that is detectable at the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: EXACTA-FRAC ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Joze John Hrupp, Lloyd Murray Dallas
  • Patent number: 10900332
    Abstract: System and methods for providing a fluid flow path through a lower casing and a cement of a subterranean well includes a plurality of perforation tubes extending through a sidewall of a lower casing, the perforation tubes moveable from a retracted position to an extended position. In the retracted position a minor length of the perforation tubes is located outside of an outer diameter surface of the lower casing. In the extended position, a major length of the perforation tubes is located outside of the outer diameter surface of the lower casing, the major length being greater than the minor length. In the extended position, the perforation tubes extend radially outward from the outer diameter surface of the lower casing. Each of the plurality of perforation tubes is positioned axially along the lower casing to be moveable to an extended position in a formation zone of the subterranean well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: SAUDI ARABIAN OIL COMPANY
    Inventor: Hamoud Ali Al-Anazi
  • Patent number: 10822918
    Abstract: A sand control screen system including a housing having an inner diameter, a filtration configuration disposed about the housing, a filtered volume between the housing and the filtration configuration, and a breach feature segregating the filtered volume from the inner diameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: Juan Carlos Flores Perez, Vitaly Y. Shkred
  • Patent number: 10787881
    Abstract: A drill string apparatus includes an upper casing section having a port collar. The port collar provides a controllable opening from an interior of the upper casing section to an annulus around the upper casing section. A lower casing section is coupled to the upper casing section through a swivel. The lower casing section includes an external casing packer and a casing pad coupled to an external portion of the lower casing section. The external casing packer is expandable to an annulus around the lower casing section before a cement operation to avoid cement loss circulation to weak formation below the packer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Hernando Jerez
  • Patent number: 10739490
    Abstract: A subterranean characterization and fluid sampling device includes a tool body, a probing module, and a permanent magnet. The tool body includes a fluid testing module configured to retain a fluid sample and an internal radio frequency coil disposed within the tool body and drivable to generate RF magnetic field B2. The probing module is coupled to the tool body and configured to withdraw the fluid sample from a formation and deliver the fluid sample to the fluid testing module. The probing module comprises an external antenna drivable to generate RF magnetic field B1. The permanent magnet induces static magnetic field B0. The permanent magnet is coupled to the tool body and external to the probing module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Lilong Li, Songhua Chen, Arcady Reiderman
  • Patent number: 10738607
    Abstract: A downhole formation testing and sampling apparatus. The apparatus includes a setting assembly and an actuation module that is operable to apply an axial compressive force to the setting assembly shifting the setting assembly from a radially contracted running configuration to a radially expanded deployed configuration. A plurality of probes is coupled to the setting assembly. Each probe has a sealing pad with an outer surface operable to seal a region along a surface of the formation to establish the hydraulic connection therewith when the setting assembly is operated from the running configuration to the deployed configuration. Each sealing pad has at least one opening establishing fluid communication between the formation and the interior of the apparatus. In addition, each sealing pad has at least one recess operable to establish fluid flow from the formation to the at least one opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Mark A. Proett, Clovis S. Bonavides
  • Patent number: 10711608
    Abstract: A pressure testing module separable from and configured to be coupled with a tool base that is to be coupled along a downhole tool string to be conveyed within a wellbore extending into a subterranean formation. The pressure testing module includes a chamber and a piston assembly slidably disposed within the chamber, thus dividing the chamber into a first chamber portion and a second chamber portion. The piston assembly is operable to move in response to hydraulic fluid being pumped into the first chamber portion and to draw formation fluid of the wellbore into the second chamber portion in response to the movement of the piston assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Arun Sharma, Tudor loan Palaghita, Ashers Partouche
  • Patent number: 10669821
    Abstract: A charge tube assembly for a perforating gun includes a charge tube configured to receive an explosive shaped charge, and a first endplate configured to couple to a first end of the charge tube, the first endplate including a first faceplate coupled to a first body, wherein the first faceplate includes a first material and the first body includes a second material that is different from the first material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: G&H Diversified Manufacturing LP
    Inventors: Benjamin Knight, Kary Meadows
  • Patent number: 10597970
    Abstract: A downhole tool for conveyance within a tubular secured in a wellbore extending into a subterranean formation. The downhole tool includes a sealing material and a laser apparatus operable to cut a slot in the tubular. The downhole tool is operable to provide melted sealing material within the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Douglas Pipchuk, Iain Michael Cooper
  • Patent number: 10585082
    Abstract: A method includes operating a downhole acquisition tool in a wellbore in a geological formation. The wellbore or the geological formation, or both, contains first fluid that includes a native reservoir fluid of the geological formation and a contaminant. The method also includes receiving a portion of the first fluid into the downhole acquisition tool and determining a plurality of properties of the portion of the first fluid using the downhole acquisition tool. The plurality of properties includes a mass fraction of a component of the portion of the first fluid and a density of the portion of the first fluid. The method also includes using the processor to estimate a volume fraction of the contaminant in the portion of the first fluid based at least in part on a composition mass fraction function that depends at least on the mass fraction of the component in the portion of the first fluid and the density of the portion of the first fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Youxiang Zuo, Kang Wang, Adriaan Gisolf, Ryan Sangjun Lee
  • Patent number: 10544652
    Abstract: Well systems for plugging and unplugging a flow path in a subterranean formation are provided. An example well system comprises a flow path comprising a two-part dissolvable flow-plug. The two-part dissolvable flow-plug comprises a retaining component and a plugging component adjacent to the retaining component. The retaining component comprises a dissolvable material. The flow path is in fluid communication with a tubing. The retaining component is configured to retain the plugging component in a fixed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael L. Fripp, Zachary Walton, Ryan M. Novelen, Ryan W. McChesney
  • Patent number: 10533415
    Abstract: A formation sampling method includes disposing a downhole tool comprising a packer and an expandable probe within a wellbore. The method also includes performing pressure transient testing by setting the expandable packer and the probe to engage a wall of the wellbore and measuring a pressure response at the expandable packer and the probe while withdrawing formation fluid into the downhole tool through the expandable packer. The method further includes monitoring a contamination level of the formation fluid during the pressure transient testing, and performing formation sampling with the probe in response to determining that the monitored contamination level meets a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: German Garcia, Hadrien Dumont, Vinay K. Mishra, Li Chen, Abhishek Agarwal, Cosan Ayan
  • Patent number: 10502035
    Abstract: A drilling module is for radial drilling in a well and an anchoring module is for use in a well tool. The drilling module has a piston for receiving a drill for the radial drilling, and for displacing the drill in a radial direction towards a wall of the well and a cylinder for receiving and guiding the piston. Both the piston and the cylinder are guide-free and of a non-circular shape, at least in a portion, to prevent relative rotation between them. The anchoring module has an extent in the axial direction of the well. The anchoring module includes a displacement device arranged to push against a portion of the wall of the well to press the anchoring module against an opposite portion of the wall of the well. The displacement device is oblong in the axial direction of the anchoring module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Agat Technology AS
    Inventor: Are Sandkleiva
  • Patent number: 10472945
    Abstract: A sensing assembly for use in a wellbore comprises a wellbore component disposed in a wellbore tubular string, at least one gauge configured to sense at least one parameter, and at least one sensing link coupled to the at least one gauge. The at least one gauge is disposed at a first location along the wellbore tubular string, and the sensing link is configured to provide communication of at least one parameter from a sensing point at a second location to the first location. The sensing point is radially adjacent the wellbore component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: William Mark Richards, Thomas Jules Frosell
  • Patent number: 10400553
    Abstract: A sandscreen joint is capable of providing zonal isolation. The ends of a portion of the sandscreen are capable of extension on activation of the sandscreen, including transition areas, which are coated with an elastomer sleeve. On activation of the sandscreen, the sleeve is pushed out into contact with the bore wall and serves to isolate the zone on one side of the activated sleeve from the zone on the other side of the sleeve. Thus, the sleeve on the activated sandscreen may prevent fluid from flowing axially along the bore between the bore wall and sandscreen. This may protect the weave at the transition area, preventing axial flow through the transition areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: HALLIBURTON MANUFACTURING AND SERVICES LIMITED
    Inventors: Stephen Edmund Bruce, David Grant, Scott Elliott Wallace
  • Patent number: 10260339
    Abstract: A system includes a formation sampling tool having a body, a probe shoe extendibly mounted to the body, a packer coupled to the probe shoe, and an inlet fixedly coupled to the probe shoe and the packer. The packer surrounds the inlet and the inlet includes an anti-extrusion ring extending beyond an outer surface of the packer. The system also includes a filter disposed within the inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Pierre-Yves Corre
  • Patent number: 10246998
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a downhole packer assembly that includes an outer skin, an inner packer disposed within the outer skin such that inflation of the inner packer is configured to expand the outer skin, and a flexible flowline at least partially embedded within the outer skin. The flexible flowline is configured to flex as the outer skin expands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Patrice Milh, Pierre-Yves Corre
  • Patent number: 10215022
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method and apparatus for sampling a fluid from an environment having a primary filtering on a focused sampling probe and guard filtering system that is exposed upon movement of the focused sampling probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Chen Tao
  • Patent number: 10208569
    Abstract: An assembly configured to be disposed within a well at an intersection of a parent bore of the well and a lateral bore of the well is provided. The assembly includes a junction having a mainbore leg and a lateral leg, as well as a passage in the mainbore leg configured to receive a flowing fluid. A port in the mainbore leg is in fluid communication with the passage such that the flowing fluid in the passage creates a suction at the port to draw debris in the well through the port and into the passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventor: David Joe Steele
  • Patent number: 10202819
    Abstract: An annular barrier system for expanding an annular barrier in an annulus between a well tubular structure and an inside wall of a borehole downhole includes an annular barrier having a tubular part for mounting as part of the well tubular structure. The annular barrier further includes an expandable sleeve surrounding the tubular part, at least one end of the expandable sleeve being fastened in a fastener of a connection part in the tubular part. The annular barrier system also has a tool for expanding the expandable sleeve by letting a pressurized fluid through a passage in the tubular part into a space between the expandable sleeve and the tubular part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Welltec Oilfield Solutions AG
    Inventors: Jørgen Hallundbæk, Paul Hazel
  • Patent number: 10190389
    Abstract: A high pressure compressed gas source is separated from an actuation piston by a pilot valve that is selectively operated with raising annulus pressure to break a rupture disc to provide access to a shuttle type valve. Movement of the shuttle valve using pressure applied to opposing pistons of different sizes connected to a common shaft translates the shaft against a spring bias to open the valve on the high pressure source. This allows the high pressure to reach the actuating piston to operate the tool. One application can be setting a packer without well intervention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventor: Darren E. Bane
  • Patent number: 10087710
    Abstract: A tubing assembly can include a pressure holding barrier with an opening between a first and a second area of the pressure holding barrier. The opening can define a passageway. A deformable stop can be positioned within the passageway that restricts fluid flow through the passageway. The deformable stop can be responsive to an application of pressure from the first area of the pressure holding barrier above a pre-set threshold by deforming. The deformable stop, when deformed, can restrict fluid flow from the first area of the pressure holding barrier to a second area of the pressure holding barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Michael Greci, Michael Linley Fripp
  • Patent number: 10030506
    Abstract: A downhole device for use in a wellbore that has sensors for monitoring flow rates and fluid properties of fluid flowing in the wellbore. The sensors are disposed adjacent one another so that the properties of the fluid monitored by the sensors are substantially the same. The sensor for monitoring flow rate is a flow meter optionally equipped with rotatable members that are affixed to a rotatable base member. The members are positioned in a path of the flowing fluid which rotates the members and base member; the fluid flow rate is estimated based on a measured rotational rate of the base member. Properties estimated by the fluid property sensor include viscosity and density. The fluid property sensor can include a resonating member disposed in the fluid flow path, by measuring the damping of the fluid across the resonating member, the fluid density and viscosity can be estimated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Baker Hughes, a GE Company, LLC
    Inventors: Otto N. Fanini, Mohamed Daoud
  • Patent number: 10018582
    Abstract: A device for monitoring an formation below the ground G containing a fluid such as CO2 or methane comprising a measuring cell arranged in a cavity, can an F analyzer disposed on the surface and a sealed connection connecting measuring cell to the analyzer. The measuring cell comprises two chambers that can sealingly communicate with one another. The first chamber comprises a plurality of orifices allowing passage of the fluid into first chamber, at least two inner electrodes and fluid circulator. The second chamber is impervious to the fluid. Applications include monitoring of geological storages sites for gas such as CO2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: IFP ENERGIES NOUVELLES
    Inventors: Virgile Rouchon, Bernard Langlois, Eric Ferne, Claudio Fernandes-Marto, Bruno Garcia, Corinne Loisy, Adrian Cerepi, Olivier Le Roux, Zsuzsanna Szabo
  • Patent number: 10018011
    Abstract: Disclosed is a sealing apparatus for use in establishing a seal around a tubular, and a method of use of the sealing apparatus. The apparatus includes a deployable sealing arrangement which can be engaged with an internal wall of a tubular so as to form a sealed area. The wall of the tubular may then be perforated within the sealed area, and sealant injected through the perforation. Accordingly, the apparatus permits both perforation and sealant injection to occur within a common sealed area, assisting to ensure that the injected sealant will always be appropriately aligned with the established perforation, thus maximizing the injected volume of available sealant. Isolation of the sealed area from fluid inside the tubular also prevents or restricts contamination of the inside of the tubular with sealant or fluids around the tubular, and sealant cannot be washed away by fluid within the tubular.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Maersk Olie OG Gas A/S
    Inventors: Hans Johannes Cornelius Maria Van Dongen, John Davies
  • Patent number: 10001005
    Abstract: A drill bit includes one or more cutters on a surface thereon configured to penetrate into a formation, at least one pad at the surface, and an actuation device configured to supply a fluid under pressure to the pad to extend the pad from the surface. The drill bit also includes a relief device configured to drain fluid supplied to the pad to reduce the pressure on the at least one pad when the force applied on the at least one pad exceeds a selected limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Baker Hughes, a GE company, LLC
    Inventors: Thorsten Schwefe, Chad J. Beuershausen
  • Patent number: 9976368
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a downhole punch for insertion into a wall of a casing. The downhole punch comprises a body having a first end and a second end and a through-bore forming an inner face of the body and an outer face of the body, wherein the first end comprises at least one cutting edge at least forming a leading tip or a leading edge for punching an opening in the casing, and a component is arranged in the through-bore. The present invention also relates to a downhole valve for insertion into a wall of a casing. The downhole valve comprises a housing having a first end and a second end and an inner face and an outer face. Furthermore, the invention relates to a downhole tool for inserting a downhole valve into a wall of a casing, to a downhole system comprising the downhole tool as well as to a downhole method for insertion of a downhole unit into a casing downhole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: WELLTEC A/S
    Inventors: Jørgen Hallundbæk, Paul Hazel
  • Patent number: 9970268
    Abstract: In one aspect, an apparatus for treating a formation is disclosed that in one non-limiting embodiment includes a first string for placement in the wellbore that includes a first flow port that enables a treatment fluid to flow from inside the first string to the formation via an annulus between the first string and the formation, a second string for placement in the first string, wherein the second string includes a second flow port that supplies the treatment fluid to the first flow port along a selected radial orientation to direct the treatment fluid in the selected radial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: Kelly D. Ireland, Robert A. Estes
  • Patent number: 9945224
    Abstract: A method of determining a reservoir parameter of a subterranean formation comprising: initiating an initial pressure pulse in the subterranean formation; initiating a series of subsequent pressure pulses in the subterranean formation until the reservoir parameter may be determined, wherein each subsequent pressure pulse is optimized utilizing analytical and/or numerical simulation models; and determining the reservoir parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Proett, Dingding Chen, Abdolhamid Hadibeik, Sami Abbas Eyuboglu
  • Patent number: 9915144
    Abstract: A logging tool for use downhole includes sensor modules that monitor fluid flow in a wellbore. The sensor modules are disposed on flexible arms that project radially outward from the logging tool, so that the modules are located at discrete radial positions in the wellbore. The sensor modules include a flow sensor, an optical sensor, and a fluid conductivity sensor. The rate and type of fluid flowing in the wellbore can be estimated due to employing the different sensor types. A location sensor estimates the radial location of the modules so that a flow profile of the flowing fluid can be obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Baker Hughes, a GE Company, LLC
    Inventors: Muhammad A. Manzar, Hayward Atkinson, Jeffrey C. Neely
  • Patent number: 9915138
    Abstract: A drill bit that includes one or more cutters on a surface thereon configured to penetrate into a formation. The drill bit includes at least one pad at the surface, an actuation device configured to supply a fluid under pressure to the pad to extend the pad from the surface. The drill bit also includes a relief device configured to drain fluid supplied to the pad to reduce the pressure on the at least one pad when the force applied on the at least one pad exceeds a selected limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: Thorsten Schwefe, Chad J. Beuershausen
  • Patent number: 9903192
    Abstract: A tool assembly for performing a wellbore operation including an actuatable tool, a location device, and on-board controller are together dimensioned and arranged to be deployed in the wellbore as an autonomous unit. The actuatable tool, such as a perforating gun having associated charges, perforates a wellbore along a selected zone of interest. The location device, such as casing collar locator, senses the location of the actuatable tool based on a physical signature provided along the wellbore. The on-board controller or micro-processor is configured to send an activation signal to the actuatable tool when the location device has recognized a selected location of the tool based on the physical signature. The tool assembly further includes a multi-gate safety system. The safety system prevents premature activation of the actuatable tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventors: Pavlin B. Entchev, Renzo M. Angeles Boza, George R. King, Robert C. Stanton, Elton Winemiller, Randy C. Tolman, Peter W. Sauermilch, Jason Z. Gahr
  • Patent number: 9890630
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for measuring pressure in an underground formation containing a fluid, comprising the following consecutive steps: establishing fluid communication between a test chamber arranged in a drilling well and the underground formation, via a flowline; moving a piston in the test chamber so as to suction fluid into the test chamber; ensuring fluid isolation of the test chamber relative to the flowline; measuring the pressure in the flowline; and repeating the preceding steps. The invention also relates to a device for measuring pressure in an underground formation containing a fluid adapted for the implementation of said method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: TOTAL S.A.
    Inventor: Pierre Ventre
  • Patent number: 9835028
    Abstract: The invention relates to a fluid sampling device comprising a sample chamber (01) including a lower piston (05), an upper piston (02) and an intermediate piston (28). Intermediate piston (28) is moved so as to guarantee a substantially constant volume for chamber (01) when closing the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: IFP ENERGIES NOUVELLES
    Inventors: Bruno Garcia, Jean Tricard, Claudio Fernandes-Marto, Virgile Rouchon, Thierry Walrave
  • Patent number: 9816360
    Abstract: The invention relates generally to oil and gas exploration and production and, more particularly, to a system and associated method for producing hydrocarbons from multiple layers of subterranean formations, and the mixing or comingling of such hydrocarbons as necessary or desired during the production process. A subterranean tool is disclosed, having a plurality of tubular sections connected by a novel non-threaded linear connection system. An electrical passage can then be provided within the cylinder wall of contiguous sections permitting connection of electronics in different sections of the tool. Bushings and seals located in the electrical passage maintain an atmospheric pressure environment for electrical components inside the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: David L. Abney, Inc.
    Inventors: Morgan Crow, David Abney
  • Patent number: 9766365
    Abstract: A method for making downhole electromagnetic logging while drilling measurements includes rotating an electromagnetic logging while drilling tool in a subterranean wellbore. The logging tool includes first and second transmitters, each of which includes a tilted antenna, and a receiver axially spaced apart from one another. Electromagnetic voltage measurements are made at the receiver while the tilted transmitting antenna in the first transmitter fires during tool rotation. The electromagnetic voltage measurements are mathematically rotated through at least the arbitrary angle to obtain rotated measurements, selected ratios of which are processing to compute gain compensated measurement quantities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Mark T. Frey
  • Patent number: 9745819
    Abstract: An annular barrier system for expanding an annular barrier in an annulus between a well tubular structure and an inside wall of a borehole downhole includes an annular barrier having a tubular part for mounting as part of the well tubular structure, the annular barrier further comprising an expandable sleeve surrounding the tubular part, at least one end of the expandable sleeve being fastened in a fastener of a connection part in the tubular part. The annular barrier system also comprises a tool for expanding the expandable sleeve by letting a pressurized fluid through a passage in the tubular part into a space between the expandable sleeve and the tubular part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Welltec A/S
    Inventors: Jørgen Hallundbæk, Paul Hazel
  • Patent number: 9726013
    Abstract: A no purge sampler for collecting fluid samples includes a flexible tube having a sealed first end and a second end, the tube defining an interior cavity, a check valve disposed at the second end of the tube, and at least one aperture above the check valve. To collect fluid samples, the no purge sampler is lowered into the fluid to be sampled. The at least one aperture streamlines the tube as it is lowered into the fluid reducing drag-down and mixing. Once the sampler reaches the desired depth, the sampler is pulled upwards allowing fluid to enter the interior cavity. The sampler is then pulled out of the fluid without losing any of the fluid in the interior cavity of the tube or contaminating the sample with any extraneous fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Inventor: Kent Cordry
  • Patent number: 9677388
    Abstract: A multilateral sand management system including a multilateral junction device disposed at a multilateral junction area of a primary borehole and a lateral borehole. The multilateral junction device including a lateral leg disposed within an upholemost portion of the lateral borehole. An electric submersible pump disposed within the lateral leg of the multilateral junction device. The pump when operating placing the multilateral junction area under a positive pressure compared to a pressure in the lateral borehole and in the primary borehole downhole of the multilateral junction area. A method of controlling sand at a multilateral junction area of a primary borehole and a lateral borehole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Michael H. Johnson
  • Patent number: 9611718
    Abstract: A casing valve including a tool housing defining an internal channel from a wellbore annulus. A valve allows selective communication between the internal channel and the wellbore annulus, where the valve has a sliding sleeve positioned externally to the tool housing. A first piston surface for opening the valve and a second piston surface for closing the valve are attached to the sleeve and a fluid supply valve directs fluid to the first and second piston surface. An electronic controller operates the fluid control valve to direct the fluid to the first and second control valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Superior Energy Services, LLC
    Inventors: Lesley O. Bond, Barry K. Holder
  • Patent number: 9605530
    Abstract: A formation tester tool can include a longitudinal probe drill collar having a surface, a formation probe assembly located within the probe drill collar, the formation probe assembly including a piston reciprocal between a retracted position and an extended position beyond the probe drill collar surface, the piston being slidingly retained within a chamber, a seal pad located at an end of the piston, the seal pad including an outer surface defining a partial cylindrical surface. The piston includes an outer surface having non-circular cross-sectional shape and the chamber includes an inner surface having a non-circular shape similar to the shape of the piston outer surface. The formation tester tool can include interchangeable draw down assemblies and a flow bore having a curving path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Kristopher V Sherrill
  • Patent number: 9598934
    Abstract: Disclosed are wellbore flow control devices that allow on-site field adjustments to flow characteristics. One autonomous inflow control device (AICD) assembly includes a housing arranged about a base pipe that defines at least one flow port and an interior, the housing defining a fluid compartment in fluid communication with the at least one flow port, an AICD arranged in the fluid compartment and having at least one fluid inlet and an outlet in fluid communication with the at least one flow port, a shroud coupled to the housing and covering the fluid compartment, and a crimping tool arrangeable about the housing and the shroud and having a profile defined thereon, the profile being configured to engage and plastically deform the shroud in order to fluidly isolate the AICD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Scott Cunningham, Jean Marc Lopez
  • Patent number: 9581020
    Abstract: A downhole tool is conveyed within a borehole extending into a subterranean formation. A void is created in a sidewall of the borehole by extending a rotating member from the downhole tool into the sidewall. A portion of the sidewall surrounding the void is mechanically compressed, and the viscosity of hydrocarbons in the subterranean formation proximate the void is reduced by injecting a fluid from the downhole tool into the formation via the void. Fluid comprising the reduced viscosity hydrocarbons and the injected fluid may then be drawn from the subterranean formation into the downhole tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: John E. Edwards, Adrian Rodriguez Herrera, Morten Kristensen, Tobias Judd, Andrew E. Pomerantz, Oliver Clinton Mullins
  • Patent number: 9528874
    Abstract: Techniques for sampling a subsurface reservoir include lowering a downhole logging tool comprising one or more samplers, a cleaner system, and a sample probe bit into a borehole until at least one sampler is positioned correctly in a subterranean reservoir; advancing the cleaner system into the reservoir cleaning mud filtrate and contaminated reservoir material away into a mud column; advancing the sample probe bit into the reservoir; and solvent is injected into the reservoir from the solvent reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: GUSHOR, INC.
    Inventors: Stephen Richard Larter, Barry Bennett, Lloyd Ross Snowdon
  • Patent number: 9488030
    Abstract: A pressure compensation system for enclosed spaces at a subterranean location changes volume with thermally induced solubility changes of a salt in water. The salt is held in an enclosure that is either rigid, or impervious and flexible or porous and flexible. As well conditions change and temperature increases, some of the salt goes into solution with a resulting decrease in volume that compensates for thermally induced volume increase due to temperature increase in the borehole. Conversely, a decrease in borehole temperature brings some of the salt out of solution for a volume increase to offset the volume decrease of the adjacent fluid to keep the pressure stabilized in the enclosed volume. In the porous enclosure embodiment the openings are sufficiently small to retain the salt even in solution. However, minimal net flows are anticipated for pressure compensation due to changing thermal effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Edward T. Wood, David P. Gerrard, Joshua C. Falkner, Ramon R. Garza
  • Patent number: 9428987
    Abstract: A system and/or a method collects formation fluids using a single packer with expansion rings and/or an irregular sealing layer. The packer may have an expansion ring extending around an outer circumference. The expansion ring may seal a portion of a wellbore to sample fluid from a formation. An irregular sealing layer may facilitate leaking between drains of the packer. The irregular sealing layer may have grooves through which fluid may flow. The irregular sealing layer may be composed of fibers and/or plastic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Pierre-Yves Corre, Jean-Louis Pessin, Julian J. Pop, Stephane Metayer, Kathiravane Tingat Cody
  • Patent number: 9371704
    Abstract: A device and a method for positioning a tool in a well tubular. The device comprising a housing having jacking arm assemblies with extendable jacking arms for fixating the device inside the well tubular. The device further comprising a tool connected to the housing and bellow assemblies comprising inflatable means for positioning the device substantially in the center of the well tubular. By deflating the inflatable means and simultaneously activating the jacking arms the device is pushed in a direction which is substantially perpendicular to the well tubular.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: MAERSK OLIE OG GAS A/S
    Inventors: Edo Boekholtz, Ulger Gokhan, Klaus Wahrmann
  • Patent number: 9371715
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for centering and engaging a casing against a wellbore. The apparatus comprises a valve body locatable in-line with the casing the valve body having an outer casing extending between first and second ends and a central passage therethrough, and at least one radially movable body extending therethrough. Each radially movable body has an aperture therethrough so as to permit an exterior of the valve body and the central passage to be in fluidic communication with each other. The apparatus further comprises a cylinder and a piston therein operable connected to the radially movable body in selective fluidic communication with the central passage. The method comprises locating the valve body in line with a wellbore casing, pressurizing the casing with a pressurizing fluid and transmitting the pressurizing fluid the cylinder so as to displace a piston located therein and extend the radially movable body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Grant George, Shane Sargent