Screen With Valve, Closure, Changeable Restrictor Or Portion Removable In Well Patents (Class 166/205)
  • Patent number: 9725988
    Abstract: A well screen system for use in a wellbore has an elongate base pipe and a screen encircling the base pipe. The screen is configured to filter against passage of particulate into a center bore of the base pipe. The base pipe has a fluid impermeable portion exterior to the screen. A cover sleeve resides over the fluid impermeable portion of the base pipe. A drain tube with a fluid permeable sidewall resides exterior to the base pipe and screen, affixed to the cover sleeve. The drain tube is adapted to communicate fluid from the wellbore around the fluid impermeable portion to the screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: John C. Gano
  • Patent number: 9695675
    Abstract: A screen assembly can be used for “gravel pack” or “frac pack” operations and can then withstand high rate injections. The disclosed screen assembly is able to withstand the flow of the packing operation by not allowing fluid passage from the annulus to inside the screen assembly. Then, the screen assembly can be opened and facilitate high rate injection for the life of the well. To achieve this, the disclosed screen assembly does not allow slurry flow to enter the screen assembly during the packing operation. Then, after the packing is completed, the screen assembly provides enough open flow area so that a high injection rate with solid content can be introduced into the annulus without eroding the screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Weatherford Technology Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Christopher A. Hall
  • Patent number: 9488039
    Abstract: A gravel pack system includes a tool string having an inner string member, an outer string member, and a passage arranged between the outer string member and the inner string member. A packing element is provided on the outer string member. A first valve is coupled to one of the outer string member and the inner string member outwardly of the packing element in a downhole direction. The first valve fluidically connects the passage and the open hole wellbore. The first valve is configured and disposed to shift from a closed position to an open position. A second valve is coupled to one of the outer string member and the inner string member outwardly of the packing element in an uphole direction. The second valve selectively fluidically connects the passage and the open hole wellbore. The second valve shifts from an open position to a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Vasily G. Eliseev
  • Patent number: 9416651
    Abstract: The invention provides an apparatus and method of using the apparatus for surface confirmation of opening of downhole ports in a downhole environment. The apparatus includes a tubular region that has an inner diameter. The tubular region includes at least two production ports and at least one non-production port. The non-production port includes a housing that has at least one chemical tracer. The apparatus also includes a cutter operable for opening the production ports and non-production port. The apparatus further includes a launcher for launching the cutter and a receiver for receiving the cutter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventor: Majed N. Al-Rabeh
  • Patent number: 9187977
    Abstract: A system for stimulating a multi-zone well includes a tubular body apportioned into at least a first zone and a second zone. The system has a first set of plugs placed in pre-drilled holes along the tubular body within the first zone. The plugs in the first set of plugs are fabricated to substantially dissolve upon contact with an acidic stimulation fluid within a first selected time. The system also has a second set of plugs placed in pre-drilled holes along the tubular body within the second zone. The plugs in the second set of plugs are fabricated to substantially dissolve upon contact with the acidic fluid within a second selected time that is greater than the first selected time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventors: Jose Oliverio Alvarez, Michael T. Hecker
  • Patent number: 9027637
    Abstract: A well system has a fluid flow path for the inflow of production fluid. An inflow control device is disposed within the fluid flow path. The inflow control device has at least first and second fluid passageways. A first plug is disposed within the first fluid passageway and is operable to restrict fluid flow therethrough. The first plug is operably removable from the first fluid passageway responsive to a first stimulus. A second plug is disposed within the second fluid passageway and is operable to restrict fluid flow therethrough. The second plug is operably removable from the second fluid passageway responsive to a second stimulus, wherein the first stimulus is different from the second stimulus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: James Jun Kang, Michael Linley Fripp
  • Patent number: 9010417
    Abstract: An assembly of screens made of connected joints with exterior bypasses that span the threaded connections among the joints features common fluid connections for the bypasses adjacent joint threaded ends that are connected with a coupling. A mandrel spans from one joint to the next inside the threaded coupling and is sealed to the respective bases pipes on opposed ends of the coupling. At each end of the mandrel the surrounding base pipe has openings from the common fluid connection where the bypasses terminate to define an annular flow path between pairs of common fluid connections. The bypasses can have slanted gravel outlet passages or no gravel openings at all. The bypasses can span over screen or blank pipe with an option to mount a shroud over the generally parallel bypasses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Luis A. Garcia, Britain A. Fisher, Elmer R. Peterson
  • Publication number: 20150060084
    Abstract: A technique facilitates regulation of flow through a flow control device to improve a well operation, such as a production operation. The technique utilizes a flow control device which has a valve positioned in a housing for movement between flow positions. The different flow positions allow different levels of flow through a primary flow port. At least one flow regulation element is used in cooperation with and in series with the valve to establish a differential pressure acting on the valve. The differential pressure is a function of fluid properties and is used to autonomously actuate the flow control device to an improved flow position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Terje Moen, Andrzej T. Tunkiel
  • Publication number: 20150034329
    Abstract: A downhole tool (10) and method for controlling fluid flow into and/or from a formation zone (FZ), the downhole tool (10) comprising a sliding sleeve device (12) disposed between, and forming a fluid coupling between a first screen (14) and a second screen (16), the sliding sleeve device (12) configured to provide axial fluid communication between the screens (14, 16) and to provide selective lateral passage of fluid through the screens (14, 16) into a throughbore (24,36,42) of the downhole tool (10).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: Petrowell Limited
    Inventors: Andrew McGeoch, Liam Watt Clark Goodall, Sean Stewart, John Sladic, Shawn Rabel
  • Publication number: 20150034323
    Abstract: A technique facilitates a more desirable inflow distribution of fluid along a tubing string deployed in a wellbore. The technique comprises providing a tubing string with a plurality of flow control devices and conveying the tubing string downhole into the wellbore. An injection fluid is pumped down along an interior of the tubing string and out through the plurality of flow control devices for entry into the surrounding formation. Based on a function of this injection flow, the flow areas of the flow control devices are adjusted to improve the subsequent distribution of inflowing fluids. The injection and the subsequent adjustment of flow areas as a function of the injection flow through each flow control device may be repeated for continued improvement, e.g. continued optimization, of the inflow distribution.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Robin M. Greene, Terje Moen
  • Publication number: 20150034334
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an inflow control device for controlling the flow of fluid into a well tubular structure arranged in a borehole, comprising a tubular part for mounting as part of the well tubular structure, an aperture provided in a wall of the tubular part, and a hollow valve member rotatably received inside the tubular part, the hollow valve member comprising an orifice in a wall thereof, and an outer surface of the hollow valve member being spherical and the orifice being adapted to fluidly communicate with the aperture when the inflow control device is in an open position, whereby the aperture is in fluid communication with an inside of the tubular part, wherein the hollow valve member comprises a spherical first valve part and a spherical second valve part adapted to be assembled inside the tubular part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Jørgen Hallundbæk, Tomas Sune Andersen
  • Patent number: 8939201
    Abstract: A space filler material is used to prevent accumulation of debris that could later foul the operation of adjacent moving parts. In one application a void space that is subsequently closed by actuated parts is initially filled with a material that is highly compressible and has voids that allow it to compress without undue resistance to part movement when the void volume is reduced. Ideally, the pores or voids in the material itself are small enough to keep most if not all the debris from entering and making the space filling material too rigid to collapse under part movement. In an alternative application, the material can be in an annular space such as a seal bore and it can keep debris from getting past the seal bore while allowing hydrostatic pressure across itself thereby helping it to maintain its position until moved such as by shifting of an inner string to which it is attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventor: Edward J. O'Malley
  • Publication number: 20150021019
    Abstract: A fluid flow control system includes a flow control assembly having a fluid flow path for a flowing fluid. First and second flow control components are disposed in parallel in the fluid flow path, the first having a positive flowrate response to decreasing fluid viscosity and the second having a negative flowrate response to decreasing fluid viscosity. A valve is disposed in the fluid flow path in downstream series with the first and second flow control components. The valve has first and second inlet paths for fluid from the first and second flow control components, respectively, such that decreasing the fluid viscosity of the flowing fluid increases a ratio of the flowrate through the first control component to the flowrate through the second flow control component and such that when the ratio reaches a predetermined level, the valve autonomously shifts from an open position to a closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventor: Jan Veit
  • Patent number: 8936094
    Abstract: An example flow control device includes a body having an inlet and an outlet and a flow chamber extending therebetween. The flow chamber is configured to convey a fluid composition comprising a desired and an undesired fluid from the inlet to the outlet. A nozzle is arranged at the outlet and in fluid communication with the flow chamber, and at least one helical groove is defined along at least a portion of an axial length of the flow chamber. The at least one helical groove is configured to impart rotational motion to the fluid composition and thereby force at least some of the undesired fluid into the at least one helical groove and slow a progress of the undesired fluid along the axial length of the flow chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Brandon Thomas Least, Stephen Michael Greci
  • Publication number: 20150000927
    Abstract: A “passive” apparatus and method for isolating flow within a thermal wellbore wherein inflow apertures are plugged with a temporary fusible alloy plug that can be selectively removed by increasing the wellbore temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicants: ConocoPhilips Company, Total E&P Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Garret Madell, John Lowell Stalder, Jesse Stevenson
  • Patent number: 8893809
    Abstract: An apparatus and associated method for controlling a flow of a fluid between a wellbore tubular and a formation may utilize a particulate control device positioned external to the wellbore tubular and a flow control device having a retrievable flow restriction element that controls a flow parameter of a fluid flowing between the particulate control device and a bore of the wellbore tubular. The flow control device may be re-configured in the wellbore and/or be used to inject a fluid into the formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Jack E. Charles, Benn A. Voll, Matthew Shane Clews, Eddie G. Bowen
  • Publication number: 20140332229
    Abstract: A flow control device comprises a fluid pathway configured to provide fluid communication between an exterior of a wellbore tubular and an interior of the wellbore tubular, a flow restriction disposed in the fluid pathway, a one-way valve disposed in the fluid pathway to substantially block fluid flow from the interior of the wellbore tubular to the fluid pathway and to allow fluid flow from the fluid pathway to the interior of the wellbore tubular, and an inflatable seal disposed between an opening to the interior of the wellbore tubular and the fluid pathway, wherein the inflatable seal is configured to inflate to substantially block the fluid pathway in response to a fluid pressure differential between the interior of the wellbore tubular and the exterior of the wellbore tubular that exceeds a predefined threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventor: Stephen Michael Greci
  • Patent number: 8881803
    Abstract: A desander system for a wellbore for separating wellbore fluid from particulate. The system having a dip tube nipple, a dip tube, base tubing connecting around the dip tube having base tubing perforations, two collars affixed to the base tubing, two weld rings affixed to the base tubing, a screen jacket mounted over the base tubing perforations, and a Venturi centrifugal helical desander having a Venturi tube with a bore connected to the base tubing. The Venturi tube having a plurality of spiral fins configured to flow particulate around the tube and a desander tube connected to the Venturi tube for flowing wellbore fluid over the outside of the Venturi tube causing a vortex while simultaneously allowing particulate to fall out while simultaneously allowing cleaned fluid to flow up the bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Inventor: Cavin B. Frost
  • Publication number: 20140318811
    Abstract: A screen assembly including one or more screen members that correspondingly form one or more flow paths. The one or more flow paths are discrete from a tubular with which the one or more screen members are associated, but in fluid communication with an axial passageway of the tubular. A method of using a screen assembly is also included.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Robert O'Brien
  • Publication number: 20140305658
    Abstract: A contoured boss for conforming to an outer surface of a tubular member for deployment within a subterranean formation, the contoured boss comprising a valve receiving body having a contoured outer surface that extends radially outward from an outer surface of the tubular member; and passage for receiving a valve, the passage extending through the valve receiving body. A method for facilitating stimulation treatments in completions and a method of centering a tubular member having an outer surface within a borehole are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Spitzenberger, Stuart R. Keller
  • Publication number: 20140305630
    Abstract: A well system has a fluid flow path for the inflow of production fluid. An inflow control device is disposed within the fluid flow path. The inflow control device has at least first and second fluid passageways. A first plug is disposed within the first fluid passageway and is operable to restrict fluid flow therethrough. The first plug is operably removable from the first fluid passageway responsive to a first stimulus. A second plug is disposed within the second fluid passageway and is operable to restrict fluid flow therethrough. The second plug is operably removable from the second fluid passageway responsive to a second stimulus, wherein the first stimulus is different from the second stimulus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: James Jun Kang, Michael Linley Fripp
  • Publication number: 20140262322
    Abstract: A completion joint 100 has two sand control jackets 120A-B connected on each end of an intermediately-mounted inflow control device 130. Both jackets 120A-B communicate with a housing chamber 155 through dedicated open end-rings 140A-B. The basepipe's flow openings 118 are isolated from this housing chamber 155 by a sleeve 160 fitted with flow ports 170. The housing 150 is removable to allow access to the flow ports 170 for pinning to configure the ports 170 open or closed for a given implementation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Charles S. Yeh, Tracy J. Moffett, John S. Sladic, Christopher A. Hall, Stephen McNamee
  • Publication number: 20140262321
    Abstract: A wireless actuation system comprises a transmitter, an actuation system comprising a receiving antenna, and one or more sliding members transitional from a first position to a second position. The transmitter is configured to transmit an electromagnetic signal, and the sliding member prevents a route of fluid communication via one or more ports of a housing when the sliding member is in the first position. The sliding member allows fluid communication via the one or more ports of the housing when the sliding member is in the second position, and the actuation system is configured to allow the sliding member to transition from the first position to the second position in response to recognition of the electromagnetic signal by the receiving antenna.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Michael L. Fripp, Aaron J. Bonner
  • Patent number: 8833445
    Abstract: Assemblies, systems, and methods to facilitate gravel packing of a wellbore having a flow restricting device are described. The assemblies, systems, and methods can include a flow restricting device and an alternative-path gravel packing system to provide a gravel pack about the flow restricting device. The assemblies, systems, and methods can allow uniform and complete annular sand control pack placement together with reduced flow of unwanted fluids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce Wallace Techentien, Harvey Joseph Fitzpatrick, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20140224504
    Abstract: A downhole tool (10) and method for controlling fluid flow into and/or from a formation zone (FZ), the downhole tool (10) comprising a sliding sleeve device (12) disposed between, and forming a fluid coupling between a first screen (14) and a second screen (16), the sliding sleeve device (12) configured to provide axial fluid communication between the screens (14, 16) and to provide selective lateral passage of fluid through the screens (14, 16) into a throughbore (24,36,42) of the downhole tool (10).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: Petrowell Limited
    Inventors: Andrew McGeoch, Liam Watt Clark Goodall, Sean Stewart, John Sladic, Shawn Rabel
  • Publication number: 20140216754
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlling a flow of a fluid between a wellbore tubular and a formation may include a frac tool having at least one port in selective fluid communication with the formation, and an inflow control device having a flow control path configured to provide a predetermined pressure drop for a flowing fluid. The inflow control device may have a flow coupler configured to provide selective fluid communication with the at least one port.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Bennett M. Richard, Gonzalo Garcia
  • Patent number: 8763689
    Abstract: A screen assembly for removing particulates from a fluid in a well bore said well bore being provided with a tubing for transport of fluids inside the tube, said tube being provided with sliding sleeve doors through which the fluids flow from the well bore external the tube and into the tube. The screen assembly comprises a filter arranged external the tubing and covering the sliding sleeve doors, such that the filter prevents particles above a predefined size from entering through the sliding sleeve doors: The screen assembly further comprises a supportive tube having apertures allowing well bore fluids to pass. Furthermore said filter is arranged on the inner side of said supportive tube, such that the filter is placed between the supportive tube and the tube with the sliding sleeve doors. The filter is made from ceramic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Maersk Olie Og Gas A/S
    Inventor: Wilhelmus Hubertus Paulus Maria Heijnen
  • Patent number: 8757252
    Abstract: Wellbore flow control devices can be used in various subterranean operations to regulate access of formation fluids to the interior of a wellbore pipe and/or to limit the access of unwanted fluids thereto. Coupling of flow regulating assemblies to one another in the wellbore flow control devices can result in improved operational performance in regulating formation fluid flow to the interior of the wellbore pipe compared to using the flow regulating assemblies in an uncoupled state. Wellbore flow control devices can comprise a gate valve assembly that is in fluid flow communication with a flow restricting assembly, where each assembly is located on the exterior of a wellbore pipe and the flow restricting assembly is in fluid flow communication with the interior of the wellbore pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Earl Franklin, Jean-Marc Lopez
  • Patent number: 8746340
    Abstract: A down hole apparatus for filtering debris from a fluid in a well bore including a screen sub, a diverter assembly connected to the screen sub, a screen section extending from the diverter assembly and connected to the screen sub. The screen section includes a plurality of openings for filtering debris from the fluid. The debris collects in an annulus between the screen section and the screen sub. The diverter assembly includes a detachable plug having a fishing portion capable of engaging a fishing tool. Removal of the detachable plug with a fishing tool opens a central passage through the diverter assembly and the screen section. The diverter assembly may include an outer and an inner body and one or more passages between the outer and inner bodies. The detachable plug may include one or more dog members capable of engaging the inner body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Inventors: Benny Donald Mashburn, Douglas A. Beynon
  • Publication number: 20140151052
    Abstract: A kobe sub includes a kobe installed in a port of the sub, the kobe includes a cap portion accessible in the inner bore, a base mounted in the port and connected to the cap portion, a channel extending through the base and closed by the cap portion; and an inflow controller positioned to control fluid flowing through the channel toward the inner bore when the cap portion is opened; and a port opening tool for opening the cap portion. The kobe may be employed with a frac port.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: PACKERS PLUS ENERGY SERVICES INC.
    Inventors: Daniel Jon Themig, Robert Joe Coon
  • Patent number: 8739889
    Abstract: Downhole tools comprise a housing chamber with an expandable member disposed therein. An interior of the expandable member is in fluid communication with an outside environment so that hydrostatic pressure can act on an inner wall surface of the expandable member. The outer wall surface of the expandable member partially defines a sealed chamber within the housing chamber such that expansion of the expandable member due to an increase in hydrostatic pressure causes the volume within the sealed chamber to decrease, thereby energizing the sealed chamber. Thus, an increase in hydrostatic pressure within an outside environment is compensated. Further, when the hydrostatic pressure within the outside environment decreases, the energized sealed chamber causes contraction of the expandable member, thereby compensating for the decrease in hydrostatic pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: David P. Gerrard, Edward T. Wood
  • Patent number: 8689878
    Abstract: A downhole tool for removing debris from fluid flowing through the downhole tool uses a screen member and wiper member, the wiper member having at least one window disposed through the inner and outer wall surfaces of the wiper member. Either the screen member or the wiper member is rotatable such that rotation of the screen member or the wiper member causes debris disposed on the outer wall surface of the screen member to fall-off the screen member. At least one directional port disposed at either the upper end of the screen member or the upper end of the wiper member causes rotation of the screen member or wiper member when fluid flows through the downhole tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Ying Qing Xu, Yang Xu
  • Publication number: 20140083685
    Abstract: A system for use with a well having multiple zones can include multiple well screens which filter fluid flowing between a tubing string and respective ones of the zones, at least one optical waveguide which senses at least one property of the fluid as it flows between the tubing string and at least one of the zones, multiple flow control devices which variably restrict flow of the fluid through respective ones of the well screens, and multiple pressure sensors which sense pressure of the fluid which flows through respective ones of the well screens. A tubing string for use in a subterranean well can include at least one well screen, at least one flow control device which selectively prevents and permits substantially unrestricted flow through the well screen, and at least one other flow control device which is remotely operable, and which variably restricts flow through the well screen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Inventors: Timothy R. TIPS, William M. RICHARDS
  • Publication number: 20140083684
    Abstract: A system for use with a well having multiple zones can include multiple well screens which filter fluid flowing between a tubing string and respective ones of the zones, at least one optical waveguide which senses at least one property of the fluid as it flows between the tubing string and at least one of the zones, multiple flow control devices which variably restrict flow of the fluid through respective ones of the well screens, and multiple pressure sensors which sense pressure of the fluid which flows through respective ones of the well screens. A tubing string for use in a subterranean well can include at least one well screen, at least one flow control device which selectively prevents and permits substantially unrestricted flow through the well screen, and at least one other flow control device which is remotely operable, and which variably restricts flow through the well screen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Inventors: Timothy R. TIPS, William M. RICHARDS
  • Publication number: 20140083675
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods of producing from multiple production zones with a single trip multi-zone completion system. One single trip multi-zone completion system includes an outer completion string having at least one sand screen arranged thereabout and being deployable in an open hole section of a wellbore that penetrates at least one formation zone, a production tubing arranged within the outer completion string and having at least one interval control valve disposed thereon, a control line extending external to the production tubing and being communicably coupled to the at least one interval control valve, and a surveillance line extending external to the outer completion string and interposing the at least one formation zone and the at least one sand screen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Tommy Frank Grigsby, William Mark Richards
  • Publication number: 20140083714
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods of producing from multiple production zones with a single trip multi-zone completion system. One single trip multi-zone completion system includes an outer completion string having at least one sand screen arranged thereabout and an interval control valve coupled to the at least one sand screen, a production tubing communicably coupled to the outer completion string at a crossover coupling, a control line extending external to the production tubing and being communicably coupled to the crossover coupling, and a surveillance line extending from the crossover coupling external to the outer completion string and interposing the at least one formation zone and the at least one sand screen, the surveillance line being communicably coupled to the interval control valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Tommy Frank Grigsby
  • Publication number: 20140048279
    Abstract: Disclosed is a swellable screen assembly having inflow control capabilities. One swellable screen assembly includes a base pipe comprising a sidewall portion defining at least one opening therein, a rigid member disposed about a first portion of the base pipe and having a piston arranged therein. The piston has a telescoping portion movably arranged within a non-telescoping portion. An autonomous valve is arranged within the piston and provides fluid communication between a filter medium disposed about the base pipe and the opening in the base pipe, the filter medium being coupled to the telescoping portion of the piston. A swellable material is disposed about a second portion of the base pipe and the filter medium is disposed about the swellable material, wherein, as the swellable material expands, the filter medium is displaced toward an inner surface of the wellbore, thereby extending the telescoping portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicant: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Luke Holderman
  • Patent number: 8651181
    Abstract: Apparatus for downhole filtration of fluids in a wellbore. The apparatus has a diverter and a filter slidably mounted on a mandrel. The diverter has a circumferential wiper element between the mandrel and the casing within which the apparatus is run. When fluids are reverse circulated, or the tool is being pulled out, the diverter shifts to a downward position, wherein it seals against an upper end of the filter, filtering out solids in the fluids and retaining them in a chamber between the sleeve and mandrel. When running the tool into a wellbore, the diverter shifts to an upper position to permit fluids to bypass the filter sleeve. The filter sleeve bears against a spring loaded seat, which permits creating a gap between the diverter and an upper end of the filter sleeve to allow fluids to bypass the filter sleeve should the filter sleeve slots become plugged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Benton T. Knobloch, Todd Roy, David J. Tilley
  • Publication number: 20140014357
    Abstract: A system and methodology utilizes a technique for filtering sand. For example, a sand control system may be provided with a base pipe having a non-permeable section and a permeable section in which the permeable section is created via at least one opening formed laterally through a wall of the base pipe. The sand control system also comprises at least one drainage tube positioned along an exterior of the base pipe and coupled to the base pipe in fluid communication with the at least one opening. The drainage tube is permeable and enables the inflow of fluid while preventing the influx of sand. The inflowing fluid is delivered along an interior of the drainage tube and through the opening into an interior of the base pipe for production.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Applicant: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Edvin Eimstad Riisem
  • Publication number: 20140014358
    Abstract: A downhole apparatus comprising a body (12) configured to be coupled to a production tubular and an upper opening and a lower opening. First (28a) and second (28b) flow paths are provided between the upper opening (22) and the lower opening (24) in the body, and a flow diverter (34) is arranged to direct downward flow through the body towards the second flow path and away from the first flow path. A filter device (31) in the second flow path filters or collects solid particles in the second flow path from passing out of the lower opening of the apparatus. The apparatus has particular application to artificial lift hydrocarbon production systems, and may be installed above a down-hole pump in a production tubing to prevent solids from settling on the pump during pump shutdown. Embodiments for use with ESPs and PCPs are described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Applicant: ENIGMA OILFIELD PRODUCTS LIMITED
    Inventor: Andrew Leitch
  • Patent number: 8602096
    Abstract: Operators manufacture a wellscreen by forming a wire-wrapped screen on a base pipe. Rather than stopping and restarting winding, the desired length of screen is completed along the base pipe, and then the wire screen is segmented into a plurality of screen sections as required for the various zones and details of the implementation. Operators arrange the screen sections relative to one another on the base pipe, which can have different lengths with and without perforations. On the free ends of these separate screen sections, mating split ring components fit around the free ends and the base pipes. Male edges of one split ring component mate to complementary female edges of another to form the end ring around the screen section and base pipe, and longitudinal welds made in seams along the mating edges affix the split ring components together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Weatherford/Lamb, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Olenick, Henry Nguyen, Robert Hodge, Ronnie Royer
  • Patent number: 8602110
    Abstract: A flow regulating system can include multiple flow restrictors, at least one of which selectively restricts flow between an interior of a tubular string and an external annulus, a plug which prevents flow through a respective one of the flow restrictors, the plug being aligned substantially perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the flow restrictor. A method of variably restricting fluid flow in a well can include installing one or more plugs in selected one(s) of multiple openings in a housing, each installed plug preventing fluid flow through a respective flow restrictor, and externally accessing the openings, without removing any cover. An externally adjustable inflow control device can include a housing having multiple openings, multiple flow restrictors, a plug in selected one(s) of the openings, each plug preventing fluid flow through a respective flow restrictor, and each plug being externally accessible, without removal of any cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas A. Kuo, Luke W. Holderman, Jean-Marc Lopez, Caleb T. Warren
  • Publication number: 20130319658
    Abstract: An internal completion string is anchored within a closed casing valve of a production liner in a wellbore. The internal completion string comprises a packer and a shifting tool. The production liner comprises a casing valve having a port and a moveable member. The annulus defined between the production liner and the internal completion string is sealed, and the shifting tool is remotely operated to move the moveable member away from the port, thereby opening the casing valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Applicant: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael Huh, Josh Belleville, Jessica Schulte
  • Publication number: 20130306313
    Abstract: A method can include closing a valve interconnected between sections of a washpipe of a service tool string by displacing the service tool string relative to a completion string, thereby preventing flow through the washpipe. A well system can include a service tool string reciprocably received in a completion string, the service tool string including a washpipe received in a well screen, and a valve which selectively permits and prevents flow through the washpipe. The completion string can include a structure which operates the valve in response to displacement of the service tool string relative to the completion string. Another method can include closing a valve by partially withdrawing a service tool string from a completion string, thereby preventing flow through a washpipe of the service tool string.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicant: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventor: Gary J. GEOFFROY
  • Publication number: 20130284452
    Abstract: Wellbore flow control devices can be used in various subterranean operations to regulate access of formation fluids to the interior of a wellbore pipe and/or to limit the access of unwanted fluids thereto. Coupling of flow regulating assemblies to one another in the wellbore flow control devices can result in improved operational performance in regulating formation fluid flow to the interior of the wellbore pipe compared to using the flow regulating assemblies in an uncoupled state. Wellbore flow control devices can comprise a gate valve assembly that is in fluid flow communication with a flow restricting assembly, where each assembly is located on the exterior of a wellbore pipe and the flow restricting assembly is in fluid flow communication with the interior of the wellbore pipe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2011
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Inventors: Matthew Earl Franklin, Jean-Marc Lopez
  • Publication number: 20130269955
    Abstract: Downhole apparatus comprises a base pipe and a plurality of non-concentric pressure deformable chambers mounted externally on the pipe. The chambers may be inflated to increase the diameter of the apparatus and engage and support a surrounding bore wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventor: Paul David Metcalfe
  • Publication number: 20130220633
    Abstract: A downhole fluid flow control system includes a fluidic module having a turbine chamber. A flow control turbine is rotatably disposed within the turbine chamber. The flow control turbine is operable to provide fluid discriminating flow resistance such that a pressure drop for a desired production fluid passing through the fluidic module is less than a pressure drop for an undesired production fluid passing through the fluidic module. For example, the flow control turbine is operable generate a greater pressure drop in water produced therethrough as compared to oil produced therethrough due to differences in the density, viscosity or other property of the produced fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130220606
    Abstract: An assembly that is usable with a well includes a base pipe, a shroud that is disposed radially outside of the base pipe and tubes. The tubes are disposed radially outside of the base pipe and are radially inside the shroud. The tubes longitudinally extend along the base pipe and radially expand to radially expand the shroud in response to pressurization of the tubes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
  • Publication number: 20130213667
    Abstract: A well screen assembly includes a tubular base pipe. The base pipe has a sidewall aperture that communicates fluid between an interior central bore of the base pipe and an exterior of the base pipe. A filtration screen is around the base pipe. The filtration screen defines a lateral fluid passage along a axial length of the well screen assembly. A flow control device is coupled to the base pipe and the filtration screen. The flow control devices includes a ring sealing the lateral fluid passage from the central bore. An elongate restrictor passage is in the ring, oriented longitudinally. The elongate restrictor passage is configured to communicate fluid between the lateral fluid passage and the central bore. The restrictor passage includes an internal, square edged orifice defined by a fixed, annular protrusion. The annular protrusion extends inwardly from an interior surface of the restrictor passage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Applicant: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventor: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8496055
    Abstract: A service tool and methods for performing subterranean hydrocarbon services in a wellbore. The service tool can include a body that having an aperture formed therethrough. A valve system can be connected to the body. The valve system can selectively form a flow path between a first portion of the aperture and a second portion of the aperture; a flow path between a first flow port formed through a first portion of the body, the aperture, and the outer diameter of the body; and/or a flow path between a channel formed in a portion of the body, a second flow port formed through a second portion of the body, and the second portion of the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Dexter Myles Mootoo, Robert Krush, John Whitsitt, Adam Charles Vasper, Graham Watson