Nuclear Energy Or Radioactivity For Treating Patents (Class 166/247)
  • Patent number: 9688904
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a fracturing fluid comprising a carrier fluid; a polymer that is soluble in the carrier fluid; the polymer being a synthetic polymer, wherein the synthetic polymer comprises a labile group that is operative to facilitate decomposition of the synthetic polymer upon activation of the labile group; the synthetic polymer being operative to increase the viscosity of the carrier fluid to about 5 to about 50 centipoise; the fracturing fluid being operative to reduce friction during a downhole fracturing operation and to transport a proppant during the downhole fracturing operation; and an oxidizing agent. A method for treating a hydrocarbon-bearing formation is also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Xiaolan Wang, Qi Qu, Scott Nelson, Hong Sun, Michael Guerin
  • Patent number: 9676995
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a fracturing fluid comprising a carrier fluid; a polymer that is soluble in the carrier fluid; the polymer being a synthetic polymer; the synthetic polymer being operative to increase the viscosity of the carrier fluid to about 5 to about 50 centipoise; the fracturing fluid being operative to reduce friction during a downhole fracturing operation and to transport a proppant during the downhole fracturing operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Hong Sun, Frances DeBenedictis, Jia Zhou, Scott Nelson, Tom N. Royce, Qi Qu
  • Patent number: 9670398
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a fracturing fluid comprising a carrier fluid; a polymer that is soluble in the carrier fluid; the polymer being a synthetic polymer, wherein the synthetic polymer comprises a labile group that is operative to facilitate decomposition of the synthetic polymer upon activation of the labile group; the polymer being crosslinked, the fracturing fluid having a viscosity of about 200 to about 3000 centipoise at 100 s?1; and an oxidizing agent. A method for treating a hydrocarbon-bearing formation is also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Xiaolan Wang, Qi Qu, Scott Nelson, Hong Sun, Michael Guerin
  • Patent number: 9650843
    Abstract: A junction box is disclosed. The junction box is made of a body member defining a first port and a second port, the first port adapted to receive a first portion of a first downhole tool, and the second port adapted to receive a second portion of a second downhole tool, the body member defining an electric chamber intersecting the first port and the second port within the body member; a first mechanical connection on the first port for securing the first downhole tool; a second mechanical connection on the second port for securing the second downhole tool; a first electric connector installed on the first port; a second electric connector installed on the second port; and electric wiring positioned within the electric chamber and connected to the first electric connector and the second electric connector to couple the first electric connector and the second electric connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Christophe M Rayssiguier
  • Patent number: 9574552
    Abstract: A hybrid geothermal power system is discussed. The system includes a geothermal system including power plant (101) and pumping station (102) and a nuclear plant (103). Pumping station (102) is used to inject fluid from reservoir (104) through an injection well (105) into the bedrock (106) (also referred to as the hot dry rock HDR zone) and extracted via a secondary bore (extraction well) usually coupled to the power plant (101). In the present example however the injection well is linked to the extraction well (107). As fluid is injected into the bedrock a drop in temperature occurs due to heat transfer to the fluid. Nuclear plant (103) is utilized to combat this drop, the plant (103) has the fissionable components (1091, 1092, 1093) of the reactor positioned within bores (1081, 1082, 1083) within the HDR zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Inventor: Garry Hine
  • Patent number: 9556717
    Abstract: The present invention relates to in situ methods of separating, refining and extracting hydrocarbons from an oil formation. In embodiments of the present invention the in situ methods includes: (a) making a perforation in the oil sand formation, (b) disposing a non-polar substance into the perforation without addition of polar fluid, (c) subjecting the non-polar fluid composition disposed in the perforation to ultrasonic vibrations, and (d) extracting the hydrocarbon from the perforation in the oil sand formation. The present invention relates also to methods of separating, refining and extracting hydrocarbons from hydrocarbon matrices such as oil sand or oil shale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Inventor: Bruce Rout
  • Patent number: 9004174
    Abstract: A system, apparatus, and method are provided for monitoring a subsea flow device such as a subsea flowline. The apparatus generally includes a thermoelectric device that is adapted to generate electric power from a thermal potential between the subsea flow device and the surrounding seawater. A sensor that is powered by the thermoelectric device is adapted to monitor one or more characteristics of the flow device, such as temperature or strain, and provide a radiation output that is indicative of the characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: Sid Mebarkia, Ryan Lang
  • Patent number: 8978755
    Abstract: The method begins by forming a gravity drainage production well pair within a formation comprising an injection well and a production well. The pre-soaking stage begins by soaking at least one of the wellbores of the well pair with a solvent, wherein the solvent does not include water. The pre-heating stage begins by heating the soaked wellbore of the well pair to produce a vapor. The squeezing stage begins by introducing the vapor into the soaked wellbore of the well pair, and can thus overlap with the pre-heating stage. The gravity drainage production begins after the squeezing stage, once the wells are in thermal communication and the heavy oil can drain to the lower well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignees: ConocoPhillips Company, Harris Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel R. Sultenfuss, Wayne Reid Dreher, Jr., Thomas J. Wheeler, Jr., Francis E. Parsche, Mark A. Trautman
  • Publication number: 20140305634
    Abstract: Systems and methods that include providing, e.g., obtaining or preparing, a material that includes a hydrocarbon carried by an inorganic substrate, and exposing the material to a plurality of energetic particles, such as accelerated charged particles, such as electrons or ions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventor: Marshall Medoff
  • Publication number: 20140224480
    Abstract: The present invention relates to compositions for the treatment of subterranean formations, and methods of using the same. In various embodiments, the present invention provides a fluid for treatment of a subterranean formation, wherein the fluid is at least one of electrorheological and magnetorheological. Various embodiments also provide methods of using the electrorheological or magnetorheological fluid in a subterranean formation, including for fracturing, deposition of proppants, and combinations thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2013
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip D. Nguyen, James William Ogle, Ali Alwattari, Loan K. Vo
  • Publication number: 20140209298
    Abstract: Systems and methods that utilize bremsstrahlung radiation may be used to facilitate the setting of a settable composition. For example, a method may include providing a settable composition in a portion of a wellbore penetrating a subterranean formation, a portion of the subterranean formation, or both; conveying an electron accelerator tool along the wellbore proximal to the settable composition; producing an electron beam in the electron accelerator tool with a trajectory that impinges a converter material, thereby converting the electron beam to bremsstrahlung photons; and irradiating the settable composition with the bremsstrahlung photons.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Baldasaro, Vijay Gupta, Samuel J. Lewis
  • Patent number: 8789584
    Abstract: Systems and methods that include providing, e.g., obtaining or preparing, a material that includes a hydrocarbon carried by an inorganic substrate, and exposing the material to a plurality of energetic particles, such as accelerated charged particles, such as electrons or ions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Xyleco, Inc.
    Inventor: Marshall Medoff
  • Patent number: 8789583
    Abstract: A method for separating hydrocarbon content from a hydrocarbon contaminated matrix. The method includes controlling water content of a feed material having the hydrocarbon contaminated matrix; continuously conveying the feed material into a treatment cavity; exposing the feed material in a treatment area of the treatment cavity to microwave radiation arranged to cause rapid heating of at least a portion of the water content to form steam, wherein the rapid steam formation results in thermal desorption of at least a portion of the hydrocarbon content from the matrix; and continuously removing the treated matrix from the treatment cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: The University of Nottingham
    Inventors: John Robinson, Sam Kingman, Colin Snape, Michael Bradley, Steven Bradshaw
  • Patent number: 8783346
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an apparatus includes an antenna having a conductive winding, with the antenna disposed about a channel. A characteristic improvement material is disposed between the antenna and the channel. In some embodiments, the characteristic improvement material includes at least one of a negative stiffness material or a negative Poisson's ratio material. Various systems and methods are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Reza Taherian, Henry N. Bachman
  • Publication number: 20140174724
    Abstract: The present invention relates to hollow hydrogel capsules. In various embodiments, the present invention provides a method of treating a subterranean formation with a hollow hydrogel capsule including a hydrogel shell including a hydrolyzed and crosslinked polymerized composition. The hollow hydrogel capsule also includes a hollow interior including at least one component of a downhole composition for subterranean petroleum or water well drilling, stimulation, clean-up, production, completion, abandonment, or a combination thereof. In various embodiments, the present invention provides compositions comprising the hollow hydrogel capsules and methods of making the hollow hydrogel capsules.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip Wayne Livanec, Scott Anthony Klasner
  • Publication number: 20140096950
    Abstract: A method of stimulating an interval in a hydrocarbon reservoir equipped with a deviated wellbore having a casing, wherein said interval comprises at least two sequential stages in said wellbore without isolation means, said method comprising: i) introducing a first stage ii) introducing a second stage in the same wellbore wherein said first stage, and second stage are not separated by any isolation means; and optionally iii) recovering hydrocarbon from said hydrocarbon reservoir to a surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: Nexen Inc.
    Inventors: James Frederick Pyecroft, Peter Chernik
  • Patent number: 8684082
    Abstract: The present invention includes methods relating to the setting of fluids or slurries in a wellbore. In one embodiment, a method of isolating a portion a wellbore by preparing a sealant composition comprising a fluid component and a polymeric additive component, placing the sealant composition into a wellbore and subjecting the sealant composition to ionizing radiation. The ionizing radiation can cause bonding between polymeric additive components and create a polymer matrix within the sealant composition that increases the mechanical strength of the sealant composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel J. Lewis, Gary Funkhouser, Paul Hoertz, David F. Myers, James Lynn Davis, Vikram Rao, Vijay Gupta, Lynn Margaret Soby
  • Patent number: 8662174
    Abstract: The present invention includes methods and compositions relating to the setting of fluids or slurries in a wellbore. In one embodiment, a method of isolating a portion a wellbore includes preparing a sealant composition having a fluid component, a polymeric additive constituent, and a set modifier component. The sealant composition is placed into a wellbore and subjected to ionizing radiation. The ionizing radiation can cause bonding between polymeric additive constituents and create a polymer matrix within the sealant composition that increases the mechanical strength of the sealant composition. The ionizing radiation also alters the set modifier component, triggering the thickening of the sealant composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel J. Lewis, Gary Funkhouser, Anthony Badalamenti, Vikram Rao, David F. Myers, Vijay Gupta, James Lynn Davis, Michael Lamvik, Paul G. Hoertz, Lynn Margaret Soby, Andrew K. Dummer
  • Patent number: 8651186
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods useful for isolating a portion of a wellbore. In one embodiment, a method includes preparing a sealant composition containing a set modifier component. The sealant composition is placed into the wellbore and is subjected to ionizing radiation that alters the set modifier component, triggering the thickening of the sealant composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel J. Lewis, James L. Davis, Vijay Gupta, Michele Ostraat, David F. Myers, Michael Lamvik, Andrew K. Dummer, Vikram Rao, Lawrence R. Roberts, Anthony Badalamenti, Paul Hoertz
  • Publication number: 20130341179
    Abstract: Methods of dissociating and recovering methane from solid hydrate deposits are provided. A method for recovering methane from a methane hydrate includes at least applying electromagnetic radiation to the methane hydrate to dissociate the methane-water bond. Further provided is an apparatus for dissociating methane from a methane hydrate. The apparatus includes at least: an electromagnetic spectrum power source; a probe connected to the electromagnetic spectrum power source; an antenna connected to the distal end of the probe is capable of focusing a radiated beam into a target area of a methane hydrate; and a control system in communication with and capable of controlling the electromagnetic spectrum power source, the probe, and the antenna.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventor: Upendra Wickrema Singhe
  • Publication number: 20130312955
    Abstract: Systems and methods that include providing, e.g., obtaining or preparing, a material that includes a hydrocarbon carried by an inorganic substrate, and exposing the material to a plurality of energetic particles, such as accelerated charged particles, such as electrons or ions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: XYLECO, INC.
    Inventor: Marshall Medoff
  • Patent number: 8550158
    Abstract: The method for oil well rehabilitation by which the gaps inside the microfracture systems are widened by the influence of strong physics fields and the micro-breccia present in the microfractures are loosened or further broken up. The process allows the oil to flow freely towards the trunk of the oil well from the rehabilitated oil producing layers, where the oil was previously trapped in the microfracture systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Inventor: Vladimir Shaposhnikov
  • Patent number: 8534350
    Abstract: A method of producing heavy oil from a heavy oil formation with steam assisted gravity drainage. The method begins by drilling a borehole into a heavy oil formation comprising a steam barrier between a first pay zone and a second pay zone, wherein the steam barrier prevents a steam chamber to be formed between the first pay zone and the second pay zone. The steam barrier is then heated with a radio frequency. The steam barrier is then fractured to permit a steam chamber to be formed within the first pay zone and the second pay zone. Heavy oil is then produced from the heavy oil formation with steam assisted gravity drainage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignees: ConocoPhillips Company, Harris Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel R. Sultenfuss, Wendell Menard, Wayne R. Dreher, Jr., Curtis G. Blount, Francis E. Parsche, Mark A. Trautman
  • Patent number: 8534351
    Abstract: Systems and methods that include providing, e.g., obtaining or preparing, a material that includes a hydrocarbon carried by an inorganic substrate, and exposing the material to a plurality of energetic particles, such as accelerated charged particles, such as electrons or ions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Xyleco, Inc.
    Inventor: Marshall Medoff
  • Publication number: 20130180709
    Abstract: An open-hole assembly for an open-hole section of a wellbore having a plurality of production intervals includes an outer tubing string having an upper end adapted for connection with a lower end of a cased section of the wellbore, a plurality of isolation packers that provide zonal isolation between the open-hole wellbore and the outer tubing string, one or more screen assemblies positioned adjacent one or more of the plurality of production intervals, and a plurality of detectable references located along a length of the outer tubing string for registration of the completion assembly within the wellbore.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2013
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Applicant: CHEVRON U.S.A. INC.
    Inventor: Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130168081
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices for two-way communication with a downhole tool string are provided. In one example, a method may include placing a downhole tool string into a pressure riser of a well while at least one component of the downhole tool string is not activated. Thereafter, a wireless control signal may be issued through the pressure riser to the downhole tool to cause the downhole tool string to activate the component. The wireless control signal may involve an acoustic signal, an optical signal, and/or an electromagnetic signal such as electrical dipole coupling or magnetic dipole coupling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Libo Yang, Reza Taherian, Dean M. Homan, Paul Wanjau, David Rose, Onur Ozen
  • Publication number: 20130153465
    Abstract: Systems and methods that include providing, e.g., obtaining or preparing, a material that includes a hydrocarbon carried by an inorganic substrate, and exposing the material to a plurality of energetic particles, such as accelerated charged particles, such as electrons or ions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: XYLECO, INC.
    Inventor: Marshall Medoff
  • Patent number: 8459355
    Abstract: Methods of isolating a portion of a wellbore comprising placing a sealant composition into a subterranean formation after drilling of the wellbore therein and subjecting the sealant composition to ionizing radiation wherein subjecting the sealant composition to the ionizing radiation alters the set modifier. The sealant composition comprises a set modifier selected from the group consisting of an accelerator, an oxidizing agent, a set retarder, and combinations thereof. And the sealant composition comprises a polymeric component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel J. Lewis, James Lynn Davis, Vijay Gupta, Michele Ostraat, David F. Myers, Mike Lamvik, Andrew K. Dummer, Vikram Rao, Lawrence Roberts, Anthony Badalamenti
  • Publication number: 20130081803
    Abstract: An apparatus including a downhole tool for conveyance in a wellbore extending into a subterranean formation. The downhole tool includes a feature to physically interface a sidewall of the wellbore, and first and second setting pistons each extendable from the downhole tool opposite the feature. The downhole tool also includes a rigid member spanning and extendable with the first and second setting pistons, wherein a length of the rigid member is variable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2011
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Inventors: Chen Tao, Thomas W. Meyer
  • Patent number: 8397807
    Abstract: Systems and methods that include providing, e.g., obtaining or preparing, a material that includes a hydrocarbon carried by an inorganic substrate, and exposing the material to a plurality of energetic particles, such as accelerated charged particles, such as electrons or ions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Xyleco, Inc.
    Inventor: Marshall Medoff
  • Publication number: 20130000891
    Abstract: Methods of isolating a portion of a wellbore comprising placing a sealant composition into a subterranean formation after drilling of the wellbore therein and subjecting the sealant composition to ionizing radiation wherein subjecting the sealant composition to the ionizing radiation alters the set modifier. The sealant composition comprises a set modifier selected from the group consisting of an accelerator, an oxidizing agent, a set retarder, and combinations thereof. And the sealant composition comprises a polymeric component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Applicant: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel J. Lewis, James Lynn Davis, Vijay Gupta, Michele Ostraat, David F. Myers, Mike Lamvik, Andrew K. Dummer, Vikram Rao, Lawrence R. Roberts, Anthony Badalamenti
  • Patent number: 8245783
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods useful for isolating a portion of a wellbore. In one embodiment, a method includes preparing a sealant composition containing a set modifier component. The sealant composition is placed into the wellbore and is subjected to ionizing radiation that alters the set modifier component, triggering the thickening of the sealant composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel J. Lewis, James Lynn Davis, Vijay Gupta, Michele Ostraat, David F. Myers, Mike Lamvik, Andrew K. Dummer, Vikram Rao, Lawrence R. Roberts, Anthony Badalamenti
  • Patent number: 8220539
    Abstract: An in situ heat treatment system for producing hydrocarbons from a subsurface formation includes a plurality of wellbores in the formation. At least one heater is positioned in at least two of the wellbores. A self-regulating nuclear reactor provides energy to at least one of the heaters to heat the temperature of the formation to temperatures that allow for hydrocarbon production from the formation. A temperature of the self-regulating nuclear reactor is controlled by controlling a pressure of hydrogen supplied to the self-regulating nuclear reactor, and wherein the pressure is regulated based upon formation conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Shell Oil Company
    Inventors: Harold J. Vinegar, Scott Vinh Nguyen
  • Patent number: 8186430
    Abstract: A system and method for extracting hydrocarbon products from oil sands using nuclear energy sources for power to decrease the viscosity of bitumen in oil sands deposits and provide sufficient heat and pressure to produce liquid and gaseous hydrocarbon products. Steps for extracting the hydrocarbon products form the oil sands deposits are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Shale and Sands Oil Recovery LLC
    Inventor: Thomas B. O'Brien
  • Patent number: 8162057
    Abstract: The present invention includes methods relating to the setting of fluids or slurries in a wellbore. In one embodiment, a method of isolating a portion a wellbore by preparing a sealant composition comprising a fluid component and a polymeric additive component, placing the sealant composition into a wellbore and subjecting the sealant composition to ionizing radiation. The ionizing radiation can cause bonding between polymeric additive components and create a polymer matrix within the sealant composition that increases the mechanical strength of the sealant composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel J. Lewis, David F. Myers, James Lynn Davis, Vikram Rao, Vijay Gupta, Lynn Margaret Soby, Andrew K. Dummer
  • Patent number: 8127840
    Abstract: The present invention deals with a method to liquefy the viscous oil of oil wells and also to clean the paraffin off the walls of tubing and other production equipment. The method consists in using heat produced by a thermal generator, and also using steam produced by the contact between the thermal generator and water. The thermal generator is a metallic shielded container of cylindrical shape holding individual units of already encapsulated Strontium-90 sources able to generate a temperature of 100 degree Celsius or a combination of encapsulated Strontium-90 sources able to generate 100 degree Celsius each in order to obtain, according to necessities, up to or over 600 degree Celsius. The thermal generator is transported in a metal housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Inventors: Ioan G. Crihan, Geoffrey G. Woods, Jerrold E. Hyams
  • Patent number: 8122950
    Abstract: Wellbore strengthening during drilling may be achieved by including chemicals in the drilling fluid that can be polymerised when exposed to microwave energy. Selected chemicals are mixed with the drilling fluid but do not react with it. The chemicals concentrate in a filter cake on the borehole wall during drilling-fluid circulation. A tool, which comprises a microwave source, is used to trigger polymerisation or crosslinking reactions within the filter cake. The polymerisation or crosslinking reactions cause the formation of a film or gel that strengthens the wellbore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Sylvie Daniel, Mickael Allouche
  • Patent number: 8069919
    Abstract: A system for monitoring a location of a borehole for production of petroleum from an earth formation is provided. The system includes: an assembly including at least one of an injection conduit for injecting a thermal source into the formation and a production conduit for recovering material including the petroleum from the formation; a guide conduit attached to at least a portion of the at least one of the injection conduit and the production conduit, the guide conduit extending in a direction at least substantially parallel to the at least one of the injection conduit and the production conduit; and a detection source conduit insertable through the guide conduit and configured to dispose therein a detection source for detecting a location of the assembly in the formation. A method of monitoring a location of a borehole for production of petroleum from an earth formation is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventor: Barton Sponchia
  • Publication number: 20110272141
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods useful for isolating a portion of a wellbore. In one embodiment, a method includes preparing a sealant composition containing a set modifier component. The sealant composition is placed into the wellbore and is subjected to ionizing radiation that alters the set modifier component, triggering the thickening of the sealant composition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2011
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Applicant: Halliburton Law Department
    Inventors: Samuel J. Lewis, Anthony Badalamenti, James Lynn Davis, Vijay Gupta, Michele Ostraat, David F. Myers, Michael Lamvik, Andrew K. Dummer, Vikram Rao, Lawrence R. Roberts, Paul Hoertz
  • Publication number: 20110272142
    Abstract: The present invention includes methods and compositions relating to the setting of fluids or slurries in a wellbore. In one embodiment, a method of isolating a portion a wellbore includes preparing a sealant composition having a fluid component, a polymeric additive constituent, and a set modifier component. The sealant composition is placed into a wellbore and subjected to ionizing radiation. The ionizing radiation can cause bonding between polymeric additive constituents and create a polymer matrix within the sealant composition that increases the mechanical strength of the sealant composition. The ionizing radiation also alters the set modifier component, triggering the thickening of the sealant composition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2011
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Applicant: Halliburton Law Department
    Inventors: Samuel J. Lewis, Gary Funkhouser, Anthony Badalamenti, Vikram Rao, David F. Myers, Vijay Gupta, James Lynn Davis, Michael Lamvik, Paul Hoertz, Lynn Margaret Soby, Andrew K. Dummer
  • Publication number: 20110265991
    Abstract: Systems and methods that include providing, e.g., obtaining or preparing, a material that includes a hydrocarbon carried by an inorganic substrate, and exposing the material to a plurality of energetic particles, such as accelerated charged particles, such as electrons or ions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2011
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Applicant: XYLECO, INC
    Inventor: Marshall Medoff
  • Patent number: 8025098
    Abstract: Systems and methods that include providing, e.g., obtaining or preparing, a material that includes a hydrocarbon carried by an inorganic substrate, and exposing the material to a plurality of energetic particles, such as accelerated charged particles, such as electrons or ions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: Xyleco, Inc.
    Inventor: Marshall Medoff
  • Patent number: 7980304
    Abstract: A system and method for extracting hydrocarbon products from oil shale using nuclear energy sources for energy to fracture the oil shale formations and provide sufficient heat and pressure to produce liquid and gaseous hydrocarbon products. Embodiments of the present invention also disclose steps for extracting the hydrocarbon products from the oil shale formations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Shale and Sands Oil Recovery LLC
    Inventor: Thomas B. O'Brien
  • Patent number: 7931080
    Abstract: A system and method for extracting hydrocarbon products from oil sands using nuclear energy sources for power to decrease the viscosity of bitumen in oil sands deposits and provide sufficient heat and pressure to produce liquid and gaseous hydrocarbon products. Steps for extracting the hydrocarbon products form the oil sands deposits are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: Shale and Sands Oil Recovery LLC
    Inventor: Thomas B. O'Brien
  • Patent number: 7931081
    Abstract: A system for monitoring a location of a borehole for production of petroleum from an earth formation is provided. The system includes: an assembly including at least one of an injection conduit for injecting a thermal source into the formation and a production conduit for recovering material including the petroleum from the formation; a guide conduit attached to at least a portion of the at least one of the injection conduit and the production conduit, the guide conduit extending in a direction at least substantially parallel to the at least one of the injection conduit and the production conduit; and a detection source conduit insertable through the guide conduit and configured to dispose therein a detection source for detecting a location of the assembly in the formation. A method of monitoring a location of a borehole for production of petroleum from an earth formation is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventor: Barton Sponchia
  • Publication number: 20110061859
    Abstract: The present invention deals with a method to liquefy the viscous oil of oil wells and also to clean the paraffin off the walls of tubing and other production equipment. The method consists in using heat produced by a thermal generator, and also using steam produced by the contact between the thermal generator and water. The thermal generator is a metallic shielded container of cylindrical shape holding individual units of already encapsulated Strontium-90 sources able to generate a temperature of 100 degree Celsius or a combination of encapsulated Strontium-90 sources able to generate 100 degree Celsius each in order to obtain, according to necessities, up to or over 600 degree Celsius. The thermal generator is transported in a metal housing such as that patented by Joan G. Crihan (U.S. Pat. No. 6,455,013 of 2002), one of the undersigned, incorporated herein by reference, to a processing site.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Publication date: March 17, 2011
    Inventor: Ioan G. Crihan
  • Patent number: 7891421
    Abstract: A radiofrequency reactor for use in thermally recovering oil and related materials includes a radiofrequency antenna configured to be positioned within a well, where the well is provided within an area in which crude oil exists in the ground. The radiofrequency antenna includes a cylindrically-shaped radiating element for radiating radiofrequency energy into the area in which crude oil exists. The cylindrically-shaped radiating element is configured to allow passage of fluids there through. The radiofrequency reactor also includes a radiofrequency generator electrically coupled to the radiofrequency antenna. The radiofrequency reactor is operable to control the radiofrequency energy generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: JR Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Raymond S. Kasevich
  • Patent number: 7743835
    Abstract: A composition, apparatus and method for use in a wellbore is described. In one aspect, a composition may include a shape-conforming material and nanoparticles sufficient to absorb a selected form of energy to heat the shape-conforming material to near or above a glass transition temperature. A method of deploying an apparatus using such a composition may include placing the apparatus at a suitable location in a wellbore and exposing the composition to the selected energy to deploy the apparatus in the wellbore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventor: Darrin L. Willauer
  • Patent number: 7726397
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a method comprising disposing in a formation fracture, a proppant and/or a fracturing fluid that comprises a radiation susceptible material that comprises indium and/or vanadium; irradiating the radiation susceptible material with neutrons; measuring gamma-radiation emitted from the radiation susceptible material in a single pass; wherein the single pass does not involve measuring of background radiation from previous or subsequent logging passes; and determining formation fracture height from the measured gamma-radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: Hexion Specialty Chemicals, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert R. McDaniel, Scott M. McCarthy, Michael Smith
  • Publication number: 20100105975
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for the temporary or permanent storage of nuclear waste materials comprising the placing of waste materials into one or more repositories or boreholes constructed into an unconventional oil formation. The thermal flux of the waste materials fracture the formation, alters the chemical and/or physical properties of hydrocarbon material within the subterranean formation to allow removal of the altered material. A mixture of hydrocarbons, hydrogen, and/or other formation fluids are produced from the formation. The radioactivity of high-level radioactive waste affords proliferation resistance to plutonium placed in the periphery of the repository or the deepest portion of a borehole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2008
    Publication date: April 29, 2010
    Inventor: JAMES RUSSELL BAIRD