Concentric Pipes Patents (Class 166/236)
  • Patent number: 9765597
    Abstract: A tubular flow control apparatus includes, a first screen surrounding a first tubular defining a first annular space therebetween, a second screen surrounding a second tubular defining a second annular space therebetween, and a third tubular positioned longitudinally between the first tubular and the second tubular having at least one passageway fluidically connecting the first annular space with the second annular space, the third tubular having at least one opening fluidically connecting the at least one passageway to a third space located radially outwardly of the third tubular.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Don N. Simoneaux, Daniel J. Turick
  • Patent number: 9518452
    Abstract: A setting tool for hanging a tubular string includes: a tubular mandrel having an actuation port formed through a wall thereof; a debris barrier for engaging an upper end of the tubular string; and a piston having an upper face in fluid communication with the actuation port. The setting tool further includes: an actuator sleeve extending along the mandrel and connected to the piston; a latch releasably connecting the debris barrier to the actuator sleeve and for releasably connecting the debris barrier to the tubular string; a packoff connected to the mandrel below the piston and operable to seal against an inner surface of the tubular string, thereby forming a buffer chamber between the debris barrier and the packoff; and a passage. The passage: is in fluid communication with a lower face of the piston, is formed in a wall of and along the mandrel, and bypasses the packoff.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Weatherford Technology Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Rocky A. Turley, Mike Bock, George Givens, Kathleen Cassard, Paul A. Reinhardt
  • Patent number: 9289806
    Abstract: A system for intercepting, treating and venting of soil gas from contaminated soil includes a borehole with an open top end, a porous liner against the outer wall of the borehole and porous fill material inside the liner. The fill material can include materials to retard and degrade contaminants in the soil gas. The system can include a slotted aeration tube in the borehole, vegetation planted in the open end of the borehole, impermeable sections in liner, and impermeable ground cover around the top end of the borehole. A method for intercepting, treating and venting of soil gas from contaminated soil includes the system and pulling soil gas out the top end of the borehole with variations in atmospheric barometric pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Inventor: Edward Augustus Council, III
  • 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
  • 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: 20140318765
    Abstract: A debris barrier is installed and locked to the liner tieback extension. When it is time to check release from the liner before initiating a cement job the inner running string is lifted. The lock stays engaged to the liner tieback extension tube as the inner running string is lifted. In that manner the debris barrier remains in position during the lifting to determine release from the liner before cementing. After cementing, the inner running string is lifted further to eventually undermine the lock and capture the debris barrier to bring the debris barrier to the surface with the inner running string. The lock can be dogs or collets or the like. An inner sleeve or a lift sub with an upset can be the support whose axial movement beyond a predetermined value undermines the lock to release the debris barrier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventor: Baker Hughes Incorporated
  • Patent number: 8851171
    Abstract: An apparatus that is usable with a well includes a string and a screen assembly, which is adapted to be run downhole on the string. The screen assembly includes a tubular carrier and a container. The container includes a gravel pack layer that includes gravel. The tubular carrier and the gravel pack layer are adapted to be radially expanded downhole; and the tubular carrier, container and the gravel pack layer are adapted to be run downhole as a unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Aleksandar Rudic
  • Patent number: 8794313
    Abstract: A debris barrier snap fits to a tubular groove of one of the tubulars that define the annular gap in which the barrier is to be mounted. It is loosely mounted so that it can center itself in the annulus as the relatively moving members go out of a concentric arrangement. The continuous carbon fiber material used for the debris barrier has lubricious qualities to act as a bushing when the annulus shape changes due to movement of the tubulars out of a concentric relationship. An outer or inner groove on the barrier acts to trap and retain small particles that manage to advance between the barrier and the outer tubular. The snap fit is accomplished with flexible spaced apart fingers with grip surfaces to engage a groove on one of the tubulars. The barrier has low expansion under thermal loads that acts to stop the entrance of debris.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Donald T. Heckel, James R. Zachman
  • Patent number: 8794338
    Abstract: A tubular assembly comprises a wellbore tubular, at least one shunt tube, and a coupling assembly configured to rotatably couple the at least one shunt tube to the wellbore tubular. A method of coupling the tubular assemblies comprises coupling a first wellbore tubular to a second wellbore tubular, wherein a first shunt tube is coupled to the first wellbore tubular, rotating a second shunt tube about the second wellbore tubular that is coupled to the first wellbore tubular until the second shunt tube is substantially aligned with the first shunt tube, and coupling the first shunt tube to the second shunt tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Michael Greci, Jean Marc Lopez
  • Patent number: 8789597
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlling water ingress into a pipe useful in the production of hydrocarbons from underground reservoirs comprises a multi-layer tubular, the multi-layered tubular comprising an outer pipe layer, an inner pipe layer longitudinally aligned within the outer pipe layer, and a hydrophilic composite material between the outer pipe layer and the inner pipe layer. The composite comprises a material selected from the group consisting of sand, silt and clay and mixtures thereof. The composite material is non chemically reactive and has absorption properties such that the material swells in the presence of water but is non-absorptive of hydrocarbons. Upon exposure to water, composite material creates an impervious shield covering at least a portion of the inner pipe layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventor: Mohammad M. Al-Shammari
  • Patent number: 8789611
    Abstract: A tubular assembly comprises a wellbore tubular, at least one shunt tube, and a coupling assembly configured to rotatably couple the at least one shunt tube to the wellbore tubular. A method of coupling the tubular assemblies comprises coupling a first wellbore tubular to a second wellbore tubular, wherein a first shunt tube is coupled to the first wellbore tubular, rotating a second shunt tube about the second wellbore tubular that is coupled to the first wellbore tubular until the second shunt tube is substantially aligned with the first shunt tube, and coupling the first shunt tube to the second shunt tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Michael Greci, Jean Marc Lopez
  • Patent number: 8776881
    Abstract: A system for production of petroleum from an earth formation. The system includes: an injection assembly disposable within a first borehole for injecting a thermal source into the formation, the injection assembly including an injector extending from a distal end of the assembly; and a production assembly disposal within a second borehole for recovering material including the petroleum from the formation, the production assembly including a collector extending from a distal end of the assembly. At least one of the injector and the collector includes at least a first conduit and at least a second conduit concentric with the first conduit, the first conduit having a first distal end and the second conduit having a second distal end, the first and second distal ends located at different locations along a length of at least one of the first and second borehole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventor: Barton Sponchia
  • Patent number: 8701758
    Abstract: A well screen (101) having a base pipe (103), a filter layer (105) arranged around the base pipe (103), and a discrete mesh outer standoff layer (107) arranged around the filter layer (105) in a first spiral wrap (109) is provided. The first spiral wrap (109) comprises a first succession of loops such that a trailing edge of a next one of the first succession of loops is in contact, or in overlap, with a leading edge of a previous one of the first succession of loops; and to produce a compressive force on the filter layer (105) radially towards the base pipe (103).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Completion Products Pte Ltd
    Inventors: Graeme John Dowsett, Anush Rajaram, Michael Hill Fung Cheung, Eddie Hiong Wee Yap, Meng Yeow Gan
  • Patent number: 8678084
    Abstract: A debris barrier snap fits to a tubular groove of one of the tubulars that define the annular gap in which the barrier is to be mounted. It is loosely mounted so that it can center itself in the annulus as the relatively moving members go out of a concentric arrangement. The continuous carbon fiber material used for the debris barrier has lubricious qualities to act as a bushing when the annulus shape changes due to movement of the tubulars out of a concentric relationship. An outer or inner groove on the barrier acts to trap and retain small particles that manage to advance between the barrier and the outer tubular. The snap fit is accomplished with flexible spaced apart fingers with grip surfaces to engage a groove on one of the tubulars. The barrier has low expansion under thermal loads that acts to stop the entrance of debris.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Donald T. Heckel, James R. Zachman
  • Patent number: 8672024
    Abstract: A subsurface well completion system including a subsurface heat exchanger section that includes an outer shell and an inner shell having an upper threaded portion, an open inside diameter, one or more inlet boxes and one or more outlet boxes. An upper annular ring extends between the inner shell and the outer shell and has one or more openings. A lower annular ring extends between the inner shell and the outer shell. The lower annular ring is spaced apart from the upper annular ring and has one or more openings. One or more tubes are sealably connected at a first end and a second end to the one or more openings in the upper annular ring and the one or more openings in the lower annular ring, respectively, and extend between the upper and lower annular rings in an annular space between the inner shell and the outer shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Geotek Energy, LLC
    Inventors: L. Don Tyler, Ken W. Fryrear, Michael C. Pierce, Gary Allen Ring
  • Patent number: 8631863
    Abstract: A debris barrier snap fits to a tubular groove of one of the tubulars that define the annular gap in which the barrier is to be mounted. It is loosely mounted so that it can center itself in the annulus as the relatively moving members go out of a concentric arrangement. The continuous carbon fiber material used for the debris barrier has lubricious qualities to act as a bushing when the annulus shape changes due to movement of the tubulars out of a concentric relationship. An outer or inner groove on the barrier acts to trap and retain small particles that manage to advance between the barrier and the outer tubular. The snap fit is accomplished with flexible spaced apart fingers with grip surfaces to engage a groove on one of the tubulars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Donald T. Heckel, James R. Zachman
  • Publication number: 20130319664
    Abstract: A completion joint 100 has a sand control jacket 120 and an inflow control device 130. The jacket 120 communicates screened fluid with a housing of the inflow control device 130. The basepipe's flow openings 118 are isolated in the housing from the screened fluid by flow devices 170. The flow devices 170 are externally accessible on the device's housing to selectively configure the flow devices 170 open or closed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Applicant: WEATHERFORD/LAMB, INC.
    Inventors: Stephen McNamee, John S. Sladic
  • Patent number: 8579025
    Abstract: Screen assemblies capable of being disposed in a bore for hydrocarbon fluid production are described. The screen assemblies can support filter mediums and reduce or eliminate plugging by swellable material. One screen assembly includes filter mediums supported by a rigid member located exterior to a portion of a base pipe. The rigid member can include openings through which the filter mediums can be in fluid communication with an inner diameter of the base pipe. Swellable material can be disposed exterior to a second portion of the base pipe adjacent to the rigid member. The filter mediums can be displaced to contact a wellbore and the rigid members can help reduce or prevent plugging of screen assembly openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Luke W. Holderman, Andrew Penno, Jean-Marc Lopez
  • Patent number: 8561694
    Abstract: An apparatus monitors a production flow from a gravel pack into a tubular sand screen disposed concentrically around downhole production tubing in an oil or gas well. A tubular sample layer is disposed concentrically around the sand screen to be exposed to the radial production flow in use. The sample layer is electrically insulated from the production tubing in use. An erosion sensor provides a signal which varies in dependence upon an electrical resistance of the sample layer, which is related to the erosion of the sample layer. An apparatus also monitors a substantially longitudinal production flow through downhole production tubing in an oil or gas well. A method and apparatus are used to monitor the condition of a gravel pack within an oil or gas well. Other methods monitor temperature or pressure conditions within an oil or gas well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Teledyne Limited
    Inventor: Barry John Hemblade
  • Patent number: 8522867
    Abstract: Flow control systems and methods for use in hydrocarbon well operations include a tubular and a flow control apparatus. The tubular defines a well annulus and includes an outer member defining a flow conduit. Fluid communication between the well annulus and the flow conduit is provided by permeable portion(s) of the outer member. The flow control apparatus is disposed within the flow conduit and comprises conduit-defining and chamber-defining structural members. The conduit-defining structural member(s) is configured to divide the flow conduit into at least two flow control conduits. The chamber-defining structural member(s) is configured to divide at least one of the at least two flow control conduits into at least two flow control chambers. Each of the flow control chambers has at least one inlet and one outlet, each of which is adapted to allow fluid flow therethrough and to retain particles larger than a predetermined size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventors: Charles S. Yeh, Bruce A. Dale, Scott R. Clingman
  • Publication number: 20130220635
    Abstract: A tubular assembly comprises a wellbore tubular, at least one shunt tube, and a coupling assembly configured to rotatably couple the at least one shunt tube to the wellbore tubular. A method of coupling the tubular assemblies comprises coupling a first wellbore tubular to a second wellbore tubular, wherein a first shunt tube is coupled to the first wellbore tubular, rotating a second shunt tube about the second wellbore tubular that is coupled to the first wellbore tubular until the second shunt tube is substantially aligned with the first shunt tube, and coupling the first shunt tube to the second shunt tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Stephen Michael Greci, Jean Marc Lopez
  • Publication number: 20130206394
    Abstract: An assembly of screens made of connected joints with exterior shunts that span the threaded connections among the joints features manifolds for the shunts 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 manifold where the shunts terminate to define an annular flow path between pairs of manifolds. The shunts can have slanted gravel outlet passages or no gravel openings at all. The shunts can span over screen or blank pipe with an option to mount a shroud over the generally parallel shunts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2012
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Applicant: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Luis A. Garcia, Britain A. Fisher, Elmer R. Peterson
  • Patent number: 8439105
    Abstract: An apparatus for creating multiple and isolated well flow paths operating at different pressures in the wellbore is described. These multiple flow paths establish a full circulation loop with the surface and a remaining isolated flow channel produces reservoir fluids to the surface. Heat is transferred from the produced reservoir fluid into the circulated loop via a unique down-hole heat exchanger. The flow of reservoir fluid through the isolated annular well channel allows for more efficient and extensive extraction of heat from the reservoir fluid compared with merely heating the circulating loop via the well bore exterior surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Geotek Energy, LLC
    Inventor: Gary Allen Ring
  • Patent number: 8430158
    Abstract: A screen jacket assembly for positioning around a base pipe (102) to form a sand control screen (100). The screen jacket assembly includes a screen jacket (112) formed from a plurality of circumferentially distributed axially extending ribs (114) and a screen wire (116) wrapped therearound. A pair of oppositely disposed connector rings (118, 126) is at least partially positionable around the first and second ends, respectively, of the screen jacket (112). The connector rings (118, 126) each have a plurality of openings (120, 128) in a sidewall portion thereof that are circumferentially alignable with at least a portion of the ribs (114) such that the connector rings (118, 126) are integrally connectable with the aligned ribs (114) via the openings (120, 128).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Luke William Holderman, Jean-Marc Lopez
  • Patent number: 8424609
    Abstract: In one aspect, a passive flow control device for controlling flow of a fluid is provided, which device in one configuration include a longitudinal member configured to receive fluid radially along a selected length of the longitudinal member, the longitudinal member including flow restrictions configured to cause a pressure drop across the radial direction of the longitudinal member. In another aspect, a method of completing a wellbore is provided, which method in one embodiment may include providing a flow control device that includes a tubular with a first set of fluid flow passages and at least one member with a second set of fluid passages placed outside the tubular, wherein the first and second set of passages are offset along a longitudinal direction and the member is configured to receive a fluid along the radial direction; placing the flow control device at a selected location a wellbore; and allowing a fluid flow between the formation and the flow control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Darin H. Duphorne, Eddie G. Bowen
  • Publication number: 20130032352
    Abstract: A new method separating sand, solids, and produced particulates down-hole in a well producing hydrocarbons. The separation assembly can include ether one, two, or more segments or stages of varying lengths depending upon the individual application. The assembly is installed into the tubing string or delivery conduit of a well producing hydrocarbons. One stage can consist of a velocity chamber whereby separation of particulates occurs by increasing the downward velocity of particulates and reducing the upward velocity of hydrocarbons thereby allowing the particulates to “fall-out” into a lower chamber where the particulates are captured. Another stage can consist of a filter whereby particulates are captured in a chamber that can consist of filtering materials such as gravel, rock, sand, wood, or manmade materials. Each of the stages can be employed individually or in combination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2011
    Publication date: February 7, 2013
    Inventor: John M. Raglin
  • Patent number: 8281855
    Abstract: Systems and methods for a shrouded tubular device that includes but is not limited to a tubular member, such as a screen joint; a shroud surrounding at least a portion of the tubular, the shroud is at least a two-piece shroud; and a shim in the annulus between the tubular member and the shroud. By way of example only, the shroud may be located directly radially inward from the joint of two of the shroud pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Michael D. Langlais, Ezio Toffanin
  • Patent number: 8256522
    Abstract: A flow control screen having a fluid flow path between a perforated section of a base pipe and a filter medium positioned around a blank pipe section of the base pipe. A valve assembly, including a piston body and a valve plug, is disposed within the fluid flow path. The piston body has an internal seat and a collet assembly that is radially outwardly constrained in a first operating position of the piston body to retain the valve plug therein and radially outwardly unconstrained in a second operating position of the piston body. Reverse flow is initially prevented as an internal differential pressure seats the valve plug on the internal seat and causes the piston body to shift to the second operating position upon reaching a predetermined threshold. Thereafter, an external differential pressure causes the valve plug to be expelled through the collet assembly, thereby no longer preventing reverse flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Jan Veit, Jean-Marc Lopez, Floyd Randolph Simonds
  • Patent number: 8256510
    Abstract: Screen assemblies capable of being disposed in a bore for hydrocarbon fluid production are described. The screen assemblies can support filter mediums and reduce or eliminate plugging by swellable material. One screen assembly includes filter mediums supported by a rigid member located exterior to a portion of a base pipe. The rigid member can include openings through which the filter mediums can be in fluid communication with an inner diameter of the base pipe. Swellable material can be disposed exterior to a second portion of the base pipe adjacent to the rigid member. The filter mediums can be displaced to contact a wellbore and the rigid members can help reduce or prevent plugging of screen assembly openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Luke W. Holderman, Andrew Penno, Jean-Marc Lopez
  • Patent number: 8245789
    Abstract: An apparatus for connecting an outer tubular (236) and an inner tubular (218) on a well platform by applying a crimping force to the outer tubular (236) when the outer tubular (236) is disposed about the inner tubular (218) and the inner tubular (218) is suspending from the well platform. The apparatus includes a support assembly (244) operably associated with the well platform and a crimping assembly (242) operably associated with the support assembly (244). The crimping assembly (242) is operable to mechanically deform the outer tubular (236) into contact with the inner tubular (218).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Service, Inc.
    Inventors: Luke W. Holderman, Stephen Michael Greci, Jean-Marc Lopez
  • Patent number: 8245778
    Abstract: Flow control systems and methods for use in injection wells and in the production of hydrocarbons utilize a particulate material disposed in an external flow area of a flow control chamber having an internal flow channel and an external flow area separated at least by a permeable region. The particulate material transitions from a first accumulated condition to a free or released condition when a triggering condition is satisfied without requiring user or operator intervention. The released particles accumulate without user or operator intervention, to control the flow of production fluids through a flow control chamber by at least substantially blocking the permeable region between the external flow area and the internal flow channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventors: Charles S. Yeh, Bruce A. Dale
  • Patent number: 8230935
    Abstract: A flow control screen (100) includes a base pipe (102) having a blank pipe section (104) and a perforated section (106). A filter medium (112) is positioned around a portion of the blank pipe section (104). A housing (114, 118, 120, 122, 124) is positioned around another portion of the blank pipe section (104) and the perforated section (106). A deformable element (150) is positioned between the housing and a portion of the perforated section including at least one production port (108) but not including at least one closure port (110) to define a production path (154) between the production port (108) and the filter medium (112) such that application of a sufficient pressure to the closure port (110) acts on the deformable element (150) to deform the deformable element (150) to substantially close the production path (154).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: John C. Gano, Luke W. Holderman, Jean Marc Lopez
  • Patent number: 8225863
    Abstract: A modular screen system allows connection of screens using couplings that connect the annular space in each module between the screen material and the base pipe. A series of connected screens and couplings feed into a single valve to control the flow through many screens. The valve is preferably located in a coupling and the passages through the coupling or the screen can also accommodate instrumentation to detect, store or transmit well data or flows through the various screen modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Aaron C. Hammer, Nicholas J. Clem, Edward J. O'Malley
  • Patent number: 8146662
    Abstract: A well screen assembly includes an elongate base pipe and a wire wrap layer. The wire wrap layer includes a wire wrapped around support ribs. The wire wrap layer has an axial end section wrapped at a first gage and an intermediate section wrapped at a second, larger gage. A mesh layer is provided around the wire wrap layer. An outer shroud is provided around the mesh layer, the outer shroud sealed to the wire wrap layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Jacob Shoemate
  • Patent number: 8146653
    Abstract: The invention concerns a bore screen comprising a plurality of perforated rigid tubular modules (1) impermeably connected in series by ball joint means (2), allowing an extracted fluid to flow though all of the elements in series and allowing the consecutive elements to move freely relative to one another, tilting in all directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Euroslot KDSS France
    Inventor: Abdol Hossein Naderi
  • Patent number: 8127831
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for producing hydrocarbons including a wellbore that accesses a subsurface reservoir; a production tubing string disposed within the wellbore; and sand control devices coupled to the production tubing string. At least one of the sand control devices includes a first tubular member having a permeable section and a non permeable section; a second tubular member disposed within the first tubular member. The second tubular member has a plurality of openings and an inflow control device that provides a flow path to the interior. The sand control devices include a sealing mechanism disposed between the first tubular member and the second tubular member to provide pressure loss during gravel packing operations that is less than the pressure loss during production operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventors: David C. Haeberle, Charles Yeh, Timothy G. Benish, Michael D. Barry, Michael T. Hecker, Jon Blacklock
  • Patent number: 8091631
    Abstract: An intelligent well system and method has a sand face completion and a monitoring system to monitor application of a well operation. Various equipment and services may be used. In another aspect, the invention provides a monitoring system for determining placement of a well treatment. Yet another aspect of the invention is an instrumented sand screen. Another aspect is a connector for routing control lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Rodney J. Wetzel, Sudhir Pai, David R. Smith, Peter V. Howard, Craig D. Johnson, Michael Langlais, Jake A. Danos, Patrick W. Bixenman
  • Publication number: 20120000670
    Abstract: The present invention is used in conjunction with a multi-channel system of a production string for deployment in gas, condensate or oil wells. An end-piece is placed at the entrance to such multi-channel system. It includes a semi-enclosed space helping to increase the proportion of gas phase entering the system at its bottom entrance. Increased proportion of gas allows lifting liquids and/or solids from the wellbore with greater efficiency. Examples of using the invention include wellbore water removal for gas wells with liquid loading problems, for solution gas drive or gas cap driven oils wells during their initial “natural flowing phase”, or during gas re-injection or gas-lift recovery operations for oil wells. It can also be used for gas-lifting water in water wells.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2010
    Publication date: January 5, 2012
    Applicant: TECHNOLOGY COMMERCIALIZATION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael W. Kenworthy, Boris Ganelin
  • Patent number: 8082986
    Abstract: The present invention relates to filtering device which is especially designed for use as a well screen filter. The filtering device comprises a tubular supporting element (12) and two or more tubular segments (14) of a porous filter medium arranged in axial alignment to one another and concentrically and essentially coextensive with the tubular supporting element (12), said tubular supporting element (12) having a tubular wall provided with a plurality of perforations (26, 28, 30) and having a plurality of projections projecting from said tubular wall, said projections supporting the two or more tubular segments in axial alignment with the tubular wall, said tubular segments each having two end portions which are in sealing contact with the tubular supporting element or an end portion of another tubular segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Pall Corporation
    Inventors: Steffen Heidenreich, Astrid Walch, Martin Bergmann
  • Patent number: 8069921
    Abstract: A flow control device may include a body having at least two flow paths configured to convey the fluid. The flow paths may be hydraulically isolated from one another in the body and at least one of the flow paths may be selectively occludable. In certain arrangements, a filtration element may be positioned upstream of one or more of the plurality of in-flow control devices. The flow paths may utilize features such as chamber and openings in order to impose a specified pressure drop on the fluid flowing thereacross.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Luis A. Garcia, Martin P. Coronado, Elmer R. Peterson, Sean L. Gaudette, Michael H. Johnson
  • Patent number: 8011432
    Abstract: An inflow control assembly. The inflow control assembly can include an inner tubular member comprising a hole formed therethrough. A cover assembly can encircle the hole. The cover assembly can include a first outer member disposed about at least a portion of the inner tubular member. The first outer member can be secured to the inner tubular member. A second outer member can be disposed about at least a portion of the inner tubular member, and the second outer member can be secured to the inner tubular member. A screen portion can be disposed between the outer members and between the inner tubular member and the outer members. An annulus can be formed between the outer members and the inner tubular member, and the annulus can provide a flow path between the hole and the screen portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Michael D. Langlais, Tage Thorkildsen, Terje Moen, Odd Rønnestad
  • Publication number: 20110180271
    Abstract: An integrated apparatus for use in hydrocarbon-producing wells is provided. A device for controlling inflow from a subterranean formation (ICD), a filtration medium for fine particle exclusion and a sealing element (packer) are disposed along a single cylindrical mandrel, preferably an oilfield tubular. The apparatus may be used in a completion method to enhance production rates and increase the total recovery from a subterranean hydrocarbon-producing formation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2010
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Applicant: TEJAS RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING, LP
    Inventors: Kristian Brekke, Jarid G. Shawd
  • Patent number: 7984760
    Abstract: A method, system and apparatus associated with the production of hydrocarbons are described. The system includes a wellbore that accesses a subsurface reservoir; a production tubing string disposed within the wellbore; and one or more sand control devices coupled to the production tubing string and disposed within the wellbore. At least one of the sand control devices includes a first tubular member having a permeable section and a non permeable section; a second tubular member disposed within the first tubular member. The second tubular member has a plurality of openings and an inflow control device that each provide a flow path to the interior of the second tubular member. Also, the at least one of the sand control devices includes a sealing mechanism disposed between the first tubular member and the second tubular member. The sealing mechanism is configured to provide a pressure loss during gravel packing operations that is less than the pressure loss during at least some of the production operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventors: David C. Haeberle, Charles Yeh, Timothy G. Benish, Michael D. Barry, Michael T. Hecker, Jon Blacklock
  • Patent number: 7954546
    Abstract: A screen section is made with variable resistance to flow in the screen material to balance the flow along the screen length. In one variation different discrete zones have screens configured for different percentages of open area while all have the same particle filtration capability. In another variation discrete portions have differing amounts of overlapping screen portions so as to balance flow without affecting the particle size screened. The cross-sectional shape of a wire wrap underlayment for the screen is made closer to trapezoidal to decrease the angle of opening for the incoming flow paths toward the base pipe. In this manner flow resistance is reduced and flow is increased due to reduced turbulence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Namhyo Kim, Yang Xu, Michael H. Johnson, Bennett M. Richard, Steve Rosenblatt
  • Patent number: 7870898
    Abstract: Flow control systems and methods for use in hydrocarbon well operations include a tubular and a flow control apparatus. The tubular defines a well annulus and includes an outer member defining a flow conduit. Fluid communication between the well annulus and the flow conduit is provided by permeable portion(s) of the outer member. The flow control apparatus is disposed within the flow conduit and comprises conduit-defining and chamber-defining structural members. The conduit-defining structural member(s) is configured to divide the flow conduit into at least two flow control conduits. The chamber-defining structural member(s) is configured to divide at least one of the at least two flow control conduits into at least two flow control chambers. Each of the flow control chambers has at least one inlet and one outlet, each of which is adapted to allow fluid flow therethrough and to retain particles larger than a predetermined size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventors: Charles S. Yeh, Bruce A. Dale, John W. Mohr, Scott R. Clingman
  • Patent number: 7845407
    Abstract: Systems and associated methods for use in the production of hydrocarbons are described. The systems include a first tubular member and a second tubular member at least partially enclosing the first tubular member. Each of the first and second tubular members have a non-permeable longitudinal section and a permeable longitudinal section. The non-permeable longitudinal section of the second tubular member is disposed adjacent to the permeable longitudinal section of the first tubular member. Similarly, the permeable longitudinal section of the second tubular member is disposed adjacent to the non-permeable longitudinal section of the first tubular member. The permeable longitudinal section of the second tubular member is separated from the permeable longitudinal section of the first tubular member by a specific longitudinal distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Co.
    Inventors: Franz D. Bunnell, Manh V. Phi
  • Patent number: 7841409
    Abstract: A sand control screen assembly (40) is operably positionable within a wellbore (64). The sand control screen assembly (40) includes a base pipe (42) having at least one opening (46) in a sidewall portion thereof. A filter medium (48) is disposed exteriorly of at least a first circumferential portion of the base pipe (42). The filter medium (48) is in fluid communication with the at least one opening (46). A swellable material layer (56) is disposed exteriorly of a second circumferential portion of the base pipe (42) such that in response to contact with an activating fluid, radial expansion of the swellable material layer (56) causes the filter medium (48) to contact the wellbore (64).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: John C. Gano, Jean Marc Lopez
  • Patent number: 7828056
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for connecting internal shunt tubes to tubular end components of a sand screen assembly by coupling each end of each shunt tube to ports formed in the tubular end components in an annular space between a base pipe and a filter media using a tubular coupler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Arthur Dybevik, Knut Nesland, Terje Moen
  • Patent number: 7819190
    Abstract: A system for production of petroleum from an earth formation includes: an injection assembly disposable within a first borehole for injecting a first thermal source into the formation, the injection assembly including an injector extending from a distal end of the assembly; a production assembly disposable within a second borehole for recovering the petroleum from the formation, the production assembly including a production conduit and a collector extending from the distal end of the assembly; and a thermal injection conduit extending through at least a portion of the production conduit and the collector for regulating a thermal property of the petroleum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventor: Barton Sponchia
  • Patent number: 7814973
    Abstract: A sand control screen assembly (40) is operably positionable within a wellbore (48). The sand control screen assembly (40) includes a base pipe (42) having at least one opening (60) and an internal flow path (44). A swellable material layer (46) is disposed exteriorly of the base pipe (42). A fluid collection subassembly (50) is disposed exteriorly of the swellable material layer (46). The fluid collection subassembly (50) is in fluid communication with the internal flow path (44). A filter medium (62) is operably associated with the sand control screen assembly (40) and is disposed in a fluid path between the exterior of the sand control screen assembly (40) and the internal flow path (44). In response to contact with an activating fluid, radial expansion of the swellable material layer (46) causes at least a portion of the fluid collection subassembly (50) to contact the wellbore (48).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald G. Dusterhoft, Kim Vance Thornton, Carl Bismark Ferguson, Floyd Randolph Simonds, Tommy Frank Grigsby, William Mark Richards, Luke William Holderman