Providing Porous Mass Of Adhered Filter Material In Well Patents (Class 166/276)
  • Patent number: 10584278
    Abstract: Proppant having amphiphobic coatings and methods for making and using same are disclosed. The proppant having amphiphobic coatings can include a proppant particle having a size from about 8 mesh to about 140 mesh, density of less than about 4.0 g/cm3, and a coating containing an amphiphobic material formed on an outer surface of the proppant particle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: CARBO CERAMICS INC.
    Inventors: Steve Canova, Chad Cannan
  • Patent number: 10538697
    Abstract: Proppant aggregates comprising proppant particulates and a binding agent, wherein the proppant aggregate exhibits a conductivity of less than about 3000 millidarcy-feet when exposed to aggregate operational conditions, the aggregate operational conditions having a closure stress of at least about 100 pounds per square inch and a temperature of at least about 10° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip D. Nguyen, Walter T. Stephens, Michael Wayne Sanders
  • Patent number: 10519364
    Abstract: Proppant aggregates comprising proppant particulates and a binding agent, wherein the proppant particulates in the absence of the binding agent pack together to exhibit a conductivity of less than about 3000 millidarcy-feet when exposed to operational conditions, the operational conditions having a closure stress of greater than about 1000 pounds per square inch and a temperature of greater than about 50° F.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Walter T. Stephens, Philip D. Nguyen, Michael Wayne Sanders
  • Patent number: 10513915
    Abstract: Methods for equalizing flow into a wellbore using consolidated material are described. An unconsolidated material and a consolidation fluid are flowed into a wellbore formed in a hydrocarbon-bearing subterranean zone, and a permeability of the subterranean zone to flow fluid through the subterranean zone into the wellbore is non-uniform across an axial length of the wellbore. The unconsolidated material and the consolidation fluid are contacted across at least an axial segment of an inner surface of the wellbore, and the unconsolidated material is bound with the consolidated fluid to form a pack, in which the pack has a permeability that is more uniform than the permeability of the subterranean zone. A flow of fluids from the axial segment of the subterranean zone into the wellbore is controlled through the pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventor: Abdulrahman Abdulaziz Al-Mulhem
  • Patent number: 10442975
    Abstract: In an embodiment, the cement compositions comprise: (i) hydraulic cement, wherein the hydraulic cement has a ratio of CaO to SiO2 in the range of 2.0 to 4.0; and (ii) a water-soluble metaphosphate in a concentration of at least 2.5% bwoc. In another embodiment, the cement compositions comprise: (i) hydraulic cement, wherein the hydraulic cement has a ratio of CaO to SiO2 of less than 2.0; and (ii) a water-soluble metaphosphate; wherein any alkali nitrate is in a concentration of less than 2% bwoc; and wherein any alkali hydroxide, alkali carbonate, or alkali citrate is in a concentration of less than 0.2% bwoc. Methods of cementing in a well comprising forming either of such cement compositions and introducing it into the well are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Rahul Chandrakant Patil, Sandip Prabhakar Patil, Sohini Bose, Ashok K. Santra, Balasundaram Balaraman
  • Patent number: 10428260
    Abstract: Various embodiments disclosed relate to a curable composition and resin for treatment of a subterranean formation. In various embodiments, the present invention provides a method of treating a subterranean formation. The method can include placing in a subterranean formation a curable composition. The curable composition can include an epoxy silane monomer, a hardener, and carrier fluid. The curable composition can include an epoxy monomer, an amine silane hardener, and carrier fluid. The method can also include curing the curable composition to form an epoxy silane resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventor: Greg Robert Hundt
  • Patent number: 10392767
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods for mineral precipitation of porous particulate starting materials using isolated urease.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Arizona Board of Regents on behalf of Arizona State University
    Inventors: Edward Kavazanjian, Nasser Hamdan
  • Patent number: 10365387
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a method for overall exploration of a mature exploration area of oil-rich sags, the method including the following steps: building an area-wide seismic sequence framework for a study area based on uniform 3D seismic data of the study area; determining the spatial distribution characteristics of sedimentary reservoirs in the study area by sequence based on the area-wide seismic sequence framework; grading source rocks in the study area by sequence based on the area-wide seismic sequence framework; counting the spatial distribution characteristics of caprocks in the study area; determining a transporting system for the study area based on the unified 3D seismic data of the study area; classifying potential trap areas in the study area based on the spatial distribution characteristics of the sedimentary reservoirs and the spatial distribution characteristics of the caprocks; and deploying the overall exploration of the study area based on the classification of the potential trap a
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: DAGANG OIL FIELD OF CNPC
    Inventors: Xianzheng Zhao, Fengming Jin, Lihong Zhou, Wenya Jiang, Xiugang Pu
  • Patent number: 10294408
    Abstract: Some embodiments herein described relate to method comprising: providing a portion of a subterranean formation comprising unconsolidated particulates; introducing a polymerizable aqueous consolidation composition into the portion of the subterranean formation so as to contact the unconsolidated particulates with the polymerizable aqueous consolidation composition, thereby creating coated, unconsolidated particulates; introducing a substantially solids-free, aqueous flush fluid into the portion of the subterranean formation so as to remove the polymerizable aqueous consolidation composition from interstitial spaces between the coated, unconsolidated particulates; introducing a water-soluble polymerization initiator composition into the portion of the subterranean formation so as to contact the coated, unconsolidated particulates; and consolidating the coated, unconsolidated particulates in the portion of the subterranean formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: B. Raghava Reddy, Feng Liang, Philip D. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10294762
    Abstract: Embodiments herein include an assembly comprising a base pipe having at least one flow port defined therein; a well screen arranged about the base pipe and in fluid communication with the at least one flow port, the well screen having an end disposed at or near the at least one flow port; a shroud arranged about the end of the well screen and extending axially along a length of the well screen; and an annular gap defined between the well screen and the shroud and configured to receive a flow of a fluid, wherein the shroud increases a flow resistance of the fluid by channeling the fluid across the annular gap to distribute a flow energy of the fluid over the length of the well screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Michael Greci, Jean-Marc Lopez, Michael Fripp, John Charles Gano
  • Patent number: 10259991
    Abstract: Multifunctional proppants made up of proppant particles that are at least partially coated by a biocide, a breaker, and a cross-linking agent. These components can be positioned around the proppant particles so they function in a sequential or time-release manner. The multifunctional proppants can be provided in fracturing fluids to form or maintain one or more fractures in a subterranean zone penetrated by a well bore and which can minimize or inhibiting bacterial growth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Prashnat D. Chopade, Phillip D. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10181370
    Abstract: A wellbore fluid may include an oleaginous continuous phase, one or more magnetic carbon nanoribbons, and at least one weighting agent. A method of performing wellbore operations may include circulating a wellbore fluid comprising a magnetic carbon nanoribbon composition and a base fluid through a wellbore. A method for electrical logging of a subterranean well may include placing into the subterranean well a logging medium, wherein the logging medium comprises a non-aqueous fluid and one or more magnetic carbon nanoribbons, wherein the one or more magnetic carbon nanoribbons are present in a concentration so as to permit the electrical logging of the subterranean well; and acquiring an electrical log of the subterranean well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignees: William Marsh Rice University, M-I L.L.C.
    Inventors: James M. Tour, Bostjan Genorio, Wei Lu, Katherine Price Hoelscher, James Friedheim, Arvind D. Patel
  • Patent number: 10106729
    Abstract: A resin composition is used for forming a surface layer coating at least a part of an outer surface of a particle. The particle is adapted to be packed into a fracture formed in a subterranean formation, and contains a thermosetting resin and a hydrophilic polymer. It is preferred that the resin composition further contains a surfactant. According to the present invention, it is possible to provide an effect of preventing pieces of core particles from being scattered due to the action of a thermo-setting resin and an effect of improving compatibility with respect to water (that is, fluid repellent with respect to hydrocarbon) due to the action of a hydrophilic polymer in a synergistic manner. This increases conductivity of packed spaces of a subterranean formation (that is, fractures of the subterranean formation) in which coated particles are packed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignees: DUREZ CORPORATION, SUMITOMO BAKELITE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: James J. Rappolt, Michael Santorelli, Motoko Mori, Masakatsu Asami
  • Patent number: 10106728
    Abstract: Compositions and methods for forming and using clusters of micron- and/or nano-sized solid materials (e.g., particulates, fibers, etc.) as proppants in subterranean operations are provided. In one embodiment, the methods comprise: providing a fracturing fluid comprising a base fluid, a plurality of small-sized solid materials and one or more surface modifying agents; forming a plurality of proppant clusters, each proppant cluster comprising two or more of the small-sized solid materials bound together with a portion of the one or more surface modifying agents; and introducing the fracturing fluid into a well bore penetrating at least a portion of a subterranean formation at or above a pressure sufficient to create or enhance one or more fractures in the portion of the subterranean formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald G. Dusterhoft, Philip D. Nguyen, Loan K. Vo
  • Patent number: 10077645
    Abstract: Methods of hydraulically fracturing a subterranean formation to improve the production rates and ultimate recovery by contacting unconsolidated resin-coated proppant particulates residing in a propped fracture with a reactive crosslinker in order to form a consolidated proppant pack. Methods for using proppant surface chemistry in water injection wells to consolidate the resin-coated proppant particulates in a gravel packed or frac packed region of a wellbore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: CARBO CERAMICS INC.
    Inventors: Chad Cannan, Thu Lieng, Daryl Erwin Johnson, Mark Conner
  • Patent number: 10053617
    Abstract: A method of reducing the viscosity of a viscosified fluid in an underground drilling operation comprising, where the introduction of a chelated transition metal catalyzes the viscosity reduction of the viscosified fluid. The chelated transition metal may be ferric methylglycinediacetate. Additionally, an uninhibited oxidizing agent, such as a peroxygen compound, may also be present in combination with the chelated transition metal to catalyze the viscosity reduction of the viscosified fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: ORIN TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Adam Mohs, Marc Baures, Larry Kinsman
  • Patent number: 10053615
    Abstract: Methods of delivering a low density solvent into a wellbore include combining an oleaginous solvent and a nonoleaginous fluid to form an emulsion, and injecting the emulsion into a wellbore. Other uses of low density solvent systems may include dissolving waxes and wax-containing residues in a wellbore, on downhole tools, from sand screens, or use in general cleanup operations in and outside of the wellbore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: M-I L.L.C.
    Inventors: Matthew Offenbacher, Balkrishna Gadiyar
  • Patent number: 10017689
    Abstract: Crush-resistant proppant particulates comprising proppant particulates at least partially coated with a polymeric material and inorganic particles, wherein the polymeric material comprises an organic polymeric material, or an inorganic polymeric material, or a combination thereof, wherein the organic polymeric material is selected from the group consisting of an organosilane, an organophosphonate, a polycarboxylic compound, a triazine, a resin comprising a silane coupling agent, and any combination thereof, wherein the inorganic polymeric material is aluminosilicate compound, and wherein the inorganic particle is between about 1 nm to about 10 ?m in diameter and selected from the group consisting of alumina, boron carbide, boron nitride, silicate, glass, silicon carbide, silica, quartz, copper oxide, a microfiber, a nanofiber, core-shell, graphene, sodium silicate, sodium metasilicate, and any combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip D. Nguyen, Loan K. Vo
  • Patent number: 9982524
    Abstract: A method of improving flow of liquids and gases from a subterranean fracture using a viscosified fracture fluid 1 formed by combining a solid proppant, a binding agent and an enzyme to form a proppant-immobilized enzyme 2, mixing the proppant-immobilized enzyme 2 with a second proppant 3 to form a heterogeneous proppant pack 4 and mixing said heterogeneous proppant pack 4 with a gelled liquid fracturing fluid 5 to form the viscosified fracture fluid 1 containing the heterogeneous proppant pack 4. The viscosified fracture fluid 1 containing the heterogeneous proppant pack 4 is pumped 6 into a subterranean zone 7 to form one or more fractures therein. The proppant-immobilized enzyme 2 that is part of the heterogeneous proppant pack 4 has the dual purpose of propping open the subterranean fractures and reducing the viscosity of the viscosified fracture fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Immortazyme Company Ltd.
    Inventors: Andrew Desbarats, Vince Yacyshyn
  • Patent number: 9970274
    Abstract: A method for wellbore treatment includes running a liner into a wellbore, the liner including a wall, an inner bore defined by the wall, a first port through the wall, a second port though the wall spaced axially from the first port, a first removable closure for the first port and a second removable closure for the second port; positioning the liner in an open hole section of the wellbore to create an annulus between the liner and a portion of the wellbore wall and with the second port downhole of the first port; inserting a treatment string assembly into the liner, the treatment string assembly including a tubing string and an annular seal about the tubing string and being insertable into the inner bore of the liner; setting the annular seal to create a seal between the tubing string and the liner downhole of the second port; and while the first port is closed to fluid flow therethrough, pumping wellbore treatment fluid into an annular area between the tubing string and the liner such that the fluid passes
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Inventors: Daniel Jon Themig, Christopher Denis Desranleau, Robert Joe Coon
  • Patent number: 9926764
    Abstract: Described are a molded product having an effective thickness of 1 mm or more, the molded product being formed from an aliphatic polyester resin composition containing from 1 to 30 parts by mass of a carboxylic acid anhydride and preferably further containing from 1 to 50 parts by mass of at least one type of a short fiber reinforcing material, a thermoplastic elastomer, or an acrylic rubber core-shell polymer per 100 parts by mass of an aliphatic polyester resin containing not less than 50 mass % of a polyglycolic acid resin, the effective thickness being 1 mm or more; a downhole tool for hydrocarbon resource recovery formed from the molded product having an effective thickness of 1 mm or more; an aliphatic polyester resin composition for the downhole tool member for hydrocarbon resource recovery; and a well drilling method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: KUREHA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takuma Kobayashi, Hikaru Saijo, Masayuki Okura, Takeo Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9920607
    Abstract: The complexity of a fracture network may be enhanced during a hydraulic fracturing operation by monitoring operational parameters of the fracturing job and altering stress conditions in the well in response to the monitoring of the operational parameters. The operational parameters monitored may include the injection rate of the pumped fluid, the density of the pumped fluid or the bottomhole pressure of the well after the fluid is pumped. The method provides an increase to the stimulated reservoir volume (SRV).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Baker Hughes, a GE company, LLC
    Inventors: Harold Dean Brannon, Thomas Ray Starks, II, Scott Gregory Nelson, Charles Elmer Bell, Tom N. Royce, D. V. Satyanarayana Gupta, Jimie Devon Lemons, Curtis David Huff, John Gottschling, Angel F. Gonzalez
  • Patent number: 9919966
    Abstract: The flow of a fluid may be diverted from a high permeability zone to a low permeability portion of a subterranean formation by use of a diverter having the structural formula (I): wherein: R1 is —COO—(R5O)y—R4; R2 and R3 are selected from the group consisting of —H and —COO—(R5O)y—R4; provided that at least one of R2 or R3 is —COO—(R5O)y—R4 and further provided that both R2 and R3 are not —COO—(R5O)y—R4; R4 is —H or a C1-C6 alkyl group; R5 is a C1-C6 alkylene group; and each y is 0 to 5. Anhydrides of formula (I) are also acceptable as the diverter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Baker Hughes, a GE company, LLC
    Inventor: D.V. Satyanarayana Gupta
  • Patent number: 9914868
    Abstract: Provided is a method of treating a subterranean formation comprising: preparing a well servicing fluid comprised of a base fluid, a temporary compacted material wherein the temporary compacted material is a compacted organic acid; placing the well servicing fluid into a subterranean formation; and allowing the temporary compacted material to gradually dissolve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: A. SCHULMAN, INC.
    Inventors: Charles J. Busceme, Bradley L. Todd, Stanley J. Heath
  • Patent number: 9902891
    Abstract: A fluid composition comprising: (A) a liquid hardenable resin component comprising a resin; and (B) a hardening agent component comprising a hardening agent for the resin; wherein at least one of the resin or the hardening agent comprises a molecule having at least one heavy atom. The substitution of one or more heavy atoms that have a higher atomic weight than the other atoms of the molecule, increases the molecular mass of the resin or hardening agent, and hence, the density of the fluid composition. A method of treating a treatment zone of a well, the method comprising: introducing the treatment fluid into a well bore; and allowing the treatment fluid to form a hardened mass the well bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Halliburtgon Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Greg Hundt, Jeffery Dwane Karcher, Paul Joseph Jones
  • Patent number: 9863231
    Abstract: A method of fracturing a reservoir comprising the steps of pumping a geopolymer precursor fluid through a wellbore into the reservoir at a fracture pressure, the geopolymer precursor fluid at the fracture pressure generates fractures in the reservoir, wherein the geopolymer precursor fluid is comprised of an amount of aluminosilicate, an amount of alkaline reagent, and a permeability enhancer, allowing the geopolymer precursor fluid to fill the fractures in the reservoir, shutting-in the wellbore at a wellbore pressure, the wellbore pressure maintains the geopolymer precursor fluid in the fractures, allowing the geopolymer precursor fluid to harden for a hardening time to form a geopolymer in the fractures, the geopolymer has a geopolymer matrix, the geopolymer matrix has a permeability, the geopolymer has a compressive strength, and reducing the wellbore pressure allows a reservoir fluid to flow from the reservoir through the geopolymer matrix of the geopolymer to the wellbore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: SAUDI ARABIAN OIL COMPANY
    Inventors: Katherine L. Hull, Mohammed Sayed, Ghaithan A. Al-Muntasheri
  • Patent number: 9862875
    Abstract: Embodiments herein include methods comprising providing a drill-in fluid comprising an aqueous base fluid and nanoparticulates; providing a drilling apparatus comprising a drill string and a drill bit; circulating the drill-in fluid while drilling a reservoir interval in a subterranean formation with the drilling apparatus such that the nanoparticles penetrate into the subterranean formation; and consolidating unconsolidated particles within the subterranean formation with the nanoparticles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip D. Nguyen, Loan K Vo, Lee J. Hall, Dale E. Jamison
  • Patent number: 9797231
    Abstract: Methods including providing resin double-coated proppant comprising proppant coated with a first resin and thereafter coated with a second resin atop of the first resin; wherein the first resin is curable by a first curing agent and wherein the second resin is curable by a second curing agent that is different than the first curing agent; curing the second resin by exposing it to the second curing agent; introducing the resin double-coated proppant into at least a portion of a fracture within a subterranean formation; breaking the cured second resin to expose the first resin; introducing the first curing agent into the portion of the fracture where the resin double-coated proppant was placed; and curing the first resin by exposing it to the first curing agent to form a proppant pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Donovan Welton, Philip D. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 9783724
    Abstract: Methods for reducing the amount of water produced from a subterranean formation can include the use of a gellable treatment fluid that comprises a quaternary ammonium salt as a gel-time modifier. The gellable treatment fluids can comprise an aqueous base fluid, a base polymer comprising an acrylamide monomer unit, an organic crosslinking agent, and a gel-time modifier comprising a quaternary ammonium salt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: B. Raghava Reddy, Larry S. Eoff
  • Patent number: 9732002
    Abstract: A low-density, high-strength concrete composition that is both self-compacting and lightweight, with a low weight-fraction of aggregate to total dry raw materials, and a highly-homogenous distribution of a non-absorptive and closed-cell lightweight aggregate such as glass microspheres or copolymer polymer beads or a combination thereof, and the steps of providing the composition or components. Lightweight concretes formed therefrom have low density, high strength-to-weight ratios, and high R-value. The concrete has strength similar to that ordinarily found in structural lightweight concrete but at an oven-dried density as low as 40 lbs./cu.ft. The concrete, at the density ordinarily found in structural lightweight concrete, has a higher strength and, at the strength ordinarily found in structural lightweight concrete, a lower density. Such strength-to-density ratios range approximately from above 30 cu.ft/sq.in. to above 110 cu.ft/sq.in., with a 28-day compressive strength ranging from about 3400 to 8000 psi.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: SEBASTOS TECHNOLOGIES INC.
    Inventor: Randall Lee Byrd
  • Patent number: 9688905
    Abstract: Various embodiments disclosed relate to methods of treating a subterranean formations that provide enhanced fracture conductivity over other methods. In various embodiments, the present invention provides a method of treating a subterranean formation. The method can include obtaining or providing a composition including a tackifier. The composition can have a viscosity less than about 20 cP. The method can include placing the composition in a subterranean formation downhole. The method can also include fracturing the subterranean formation with the composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip D. Nguyen, Brian D Mock
  • Patent number: 9670762
    Abstract: A method of fracturing a tight subterranean formation comprising: introducing a cement composition comprising cement and water into the tight subterranean formation thereby creating or enhancing a fracture in the tight subterranean formation, wherein the tight subterranean formation comprises at least one formation zone with a permeability of less than 1 millidarcy; allowing the cement composition to set within the fracture; and creating a permeable flow path within the set cement composition using pressure pulses. Another method comprises introducing a treatment fluid into the tight subterranean formation at or above the fracture gradient of the set cement composition to create or enhance a permeable flow path within the set cement composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip D. Nguyen, Vladimir N. Martysevich, Tim Stephens
  • Patent number: 9567511
    Abstract: Methods including introducing a treatment fluid comprising a solvent-base fluid and a consolidation composition into a wellbore in a subterranean formation, the consolidation comprising, a crosslinking diverting agent, a hardening agent, and a multi-functional epoxy resin, the multi-functional epoxy resin comprising at least three epoxy groups; coating a face of the subterranean formation with the consolidation composition; and at least partially curing the consolidation composition in the wellbore, to reduce production of unconsolidated particulates from the subterranean formation into the wellbore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Sushant Dattaram Wadekar, Snehalata Sachin Agashe, Ranjeet Gangadhar Kshirsagar
  • Patent number: 9567825
    Abstract: A method of controlling flow in a subterranean well can include a device introduced into the well being conveyed by flow in the well, the device comprising a material selected from poly-vinyl alcohol, poly-vinyl acetate and/or poly-methacrylic acid. The material may degrade in the well. A system for use with a well can include a flow conveyed device conveyed through a tubular string by flow in the tubular string, and the flow conveyed device including a material selected from poly-vinyl alcohol, poly-vinyl acetate and/or poly-methacrylic acid. A flow conveyed device for use in a subterranean well can include a body and a degradable material extending outwardly from the body, the degradable material being formed as a film, tube or filament.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Thru Tubing Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger L. Schultz, Brock W. Watson, Andrew M. Ferguson, Gary P. Funkhouser
  • Patent number: 9500055
    Abstract: A collet system is disabled from gaining profile support when moved between profiles that will be used ultimately to support an inner string at a desired plurality of locations. It is when the collet reaches a desired location that it is unlocked by virtue of inner string movement so that a profile on the outer assembly is engaged by a sleeve to induce relative rotation of the sleeve with respect to the mandrel that supports the sleeve. The relative rotation moves a tab into alignment with a slot to permit relative axial movement between the mandrel and the tool so that the tool can function as intended. The sleeve is engaged by another profile for further relative rotation to misalign the tab and the slot to lock the tool. The tool is preferably a support collet for a crossover in a multi-zone gravel pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventor: Jason A. Allen
  • Patent number: 9481519
    Abstract: Energy is stored by injecting fluid into a hydraulic fracture in the earth and producing the fluid back while recovering power and/or desalinating water. The method is particularly adapted to storage of large amounts of energy such as in grid-scale electric energy systems. The hydraulic fracture may be formed and treated with resin so as to limit fluid loss and to increase propagation pressure. The fluid may be water containing a dissolved salt or fresh water and a portion or all of the water may be desalinated using pressure in the water when it is produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Quidnet Energy Inc.
    Inventors: Howard K. Schmidt, Aaron H. Mandell
  • Patent number: 9416643
    Abstract: A method of fracturing a formation surrounding a wellbore comprises the steps of: (i) providing a tubular including at least two portions, each portion comprising an annulus isolation means, a selective flow path between the interior and the exterior of the tubular and a throughbore isolation means; (ii) running the tubular into the wellbore; (iii) isolating an annulus between the exterior of the tubular and the wellbore to thereby create at least two isolated zones; (iv) selecting any zone to be fractured; (v) remotely opening the flow path in the portion of tubular corresponding to the selected zone; (vi) remotely isolating the throughbore of the tubular by closing the throughbore isolation means in the portion of tubular corresponding to the selected zone; and (vii) fracturing at least part of the formation surrounding the well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Petrowell Limited
    Inventors: Daniel George Purkis, Richard Atkinson
  • Patent number: 9404031
    Abstract: Stabilizers that include hydrophobically modified amine-containing polymers may be utilized as compositions or in methods for controlling particulate migration in a subterranean formation. For example, a method may include providing a treatment fluid that comprises a base fluid and a hydrophobically modified amine-containing polymer (HMAP), the HMAP comprising a plurality of hydrophobic modifications on an amine-containing polymer; introducing the treatment fluid into a wellbore penetrating a subterranean formation, the subterranean formation comprising a plurality of particulates; and allowing the HMAP to coat at least some of the particulates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Tingji Tang, Feng Liang, Loan Vo, Philip D. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 9279077
    Abstract: Methods of treating a subterranean formation comprising placing a treatment fluid comprising a base fluid, proppant particulates, a consolidating agent, a thermoplastic material, and a degradable polyester material into the subterranean formation; coating the proppant particulates and the consolidating agent with the thermoplastic material and the degradable polyester material together so as to form proppant pillars; and degrading the degradable polyester material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Feng Liang, Philip D. Nguyen, Christopher Parton, Jeff Fleming, Jimmie D. Weaver
  • Patent number: 9233874
    Abstract: A method of cementing in a subterranean formation comprising the steps of: (A) introducing a cement composition into the subterranean formation, the cement composition comprising: (i) cement; (ii) water; and (iii) a high-density additive selected from the group consisting of silicon carbide, sintered bauxite, and any combination thereof, wherein the cement composition has a density of at least 16 pounds per gallon; and (B) allowing the cement composition to set. According to an embodiment, the high-density additive is in a concentration of at least 30% by weight of the cement. A cement composition for use in an oil or gas well comprises: (A) cement; (B) water; and (C) a high-density additive selected from the group consisting of silicon carbide, sintered bauxite, and a combination thereof, wherein the high-density additive is in a concentration of at least 30% by weight of the cement, and wherein the cement composition has a density of at least 16 pounds per gallon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Rahul Chandrakant Patil, Sandip Prabhakar Patil, Keith Armstrong
  • Patent number: 9228426
    Abstract: The invention relates to compositions and method for construction of an underground coal gasification (UCG) well liner assembly. In particular, a well liner segment for use in the construction of a UCG well liner assembly for conveying product gas to a production well is disclosed. Also disclosed are a system and method for UCG product gas production.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Linc Energy Ltd.
    Inventors: Greg Martin Parry Perkins, Casper Jan Hendrik Burger, Aman Prukash Chandra
  • Patent number: 9103206
    Abstract: A method of increasing the fracture resistance of a low permeability formation that includes emplacing a wellbore fluid in a wellbore through the low permeability formation, the wellbore fluid comprising: a settable carrier fluid; and a solid particulate bridging material; increasing the pressure in the wellbore such that fractures are formed in the formation; allowing the settable carrier fluid to enter the fractures; bridging and sealing the mouths of the fractures to form a substantially impermeable bridge proximate the mouth of the fractures thereby strengthening the formation; and holding the increased pressure for an amount of time sufficient for setting of the carrier fluid in the fractures is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignees: M-I LLC, BP Corporation North America Inc.
    Inventors: Mark William Alberty, Mark Aston, Jim Friedheim, Mark Sanders, Randall Sant
  • Patent number: 9102018
    Abstract: A wellbore screen including: an apertured base pipe; an intermediate filtering layer including a plurality of metal fibers wrapped helically around the apertured base pipe and a fluid tracing filament wrapped helically about the apertured base pipe, the fluid tracing filament including a filament structure and a tracer carried by the filament structure, the tracer being entrainable in produced fluids in a wellbore environment; and an outer apertured shell over the intermediate layer. A method for producing a wellbore screen, the method comprising: forming a filter tube by wrapping an intermediate layer, including a metal wool fiber strip and a fluid tracing filament, about an apertured base pipe in a helical arrangement under tension; positioning the filter tube within the long bore of an outer apertured sleeve; and securing the outer apertured sleeve and the filter tube together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignees: Absolute Completion Technologies Ltd., Resman AS
    Inventors: Glenn Edward Woiceshyn, Fridtjof Nyhavn
  • Patent number: 9085726
    Abstract: According to one aspect of the inventions, emulsion compositions are provided. Emulsions according to this aspect include: (a) a water-insoluble resinous material; (b) water; and (c) an emulsifier, wherein the emulsifier comprises a non-ionic, a cationic, or a zwitterionic emulsifier; wherein the continuous phase of the emulsion comprises the water; wherein a dispersed phase of the emulsion comprises the resinous material; wherein the dispersed phase is in the form of droplets having a size distribution range such that at least 50% of the droplets have a size of 0.5 micrometers-500 micrometers; wherein the resinous material of the droplets is in a concentration of at least 5% by weight of the water; and wherein the composition of the droplets has a viscosity of less than 2,000 Poise measured at 20° F. According to another aspect of the inventions, methods are provided for treating a portion of a subterranean formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Ian D. Robb, Sherry G. Gaskins, Jimmie D. Weaver, Phillip D. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 9080426
    Abstract: Anti-channeling pack-off particles used in a production section of an oil-gas well, a completion method, and a production method are provided. The anti-channeling pack-off particles are macromolecule polymer particles having an average particle diameter of 0.05-1.0 mm and a real density of 0.8-1.4 g/cm3. The particles are compactly filled into a space of the oil-gas well, which is required to be filled and packed off so that there is no channeling path after filling, thus effectively pack-off or sectioning the oil-gas well into multiple, relatively independent regions for production from the oil-gas well, and thus improving the production efficiency of the oil-gas well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: ANTON BAILIN OILFIELD TECHNOLOGIES (BEIJING) CO., LTD
    Inventors: Bailin Pei, Feng Zhang
  • Patent number: 9038717
    Abstract: Methods of treating a wellbore in a subterranean formation including providing an oil-external treatment fluid, wherein the oil-external treatment fluid is a 3D-network comprising a chemical interaction between a hydrocarbon fluid, an aqueous fluid, and a surface modification agent; providing proppant particulates; suspending the proppant particulates in the oil-external treatment fluid; and introducing the oil-external treatment fluid comprising the proppant particulates into the wellbore in the subterranean formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Loan K. Vo, Philip D. Nguyen
  • Publication number: 20150129199
    Abstract: A well screen for use in a subterranean well can include a filter with a nano-particle reinforcement. A method of constructing a well screen can include treating a filter with a nano-particle reinforcement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Christopher C. Hoelscher, Aaron J. Bonner
  • Patent number: 9016377
    Abstract: A chopper mechanism for providing a fiber to a fluid at an oilfield. The chopper mechanism may be employed to process the fiber from an uncut form to a cut form in order to provide a mixture of the fluid and the fiber with flowback inhibiting character. Techniques of employing the chopper mechanism may be utilized at the site of an oilfield for applications such as fracturing, cementing, and drilling. Additionally, the chopper mechanism itself may be made available as a large high capacity chopper assembly, or a smaller handheld chopper gun for slower rate fiber supply operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Edward Leugemors, Raafat Abbas, Erik Rhein-Knudsen, William R. Mcintire, Jean-Louis Pessin
  • Publication number: 20150101803
    Abstract: The invention provides a method and system for sealing an annulus enclosing a tubular element in a wellbore. The method comprises the steps of: i) introducing a first drilling fluid in the wellbore; ii) drilling an open hole section of the wellbore using a drilling tool suspended at the end of a tool string; iii) pumping a second drilling fluid comprising particles into the wellbore; iv) filtering the particles out of the second drilling fluid near a downhole end of the tubular element; v) extending the tubular element into the open hole section of the wellbore while directing at least part of the filtered particles to an annulus between the tubular element and a wellbore wall. Steps i) to v) may be repeated as often as required.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Petrus Cornelis Kriesels, Stefan Aernout Hartman, Erik Kerst Cornelissen, Dhivya Sashidhar
  • Publication number: 20150083414
    Abstract: A composite having a solid particulate and a surface modifying treatment agent on the solid particulate wherein the surface modifying treatment agent has a hydrophobic tail and an anchor for adhering the hydrophobic tail onto the solid particulate. The anchor is an organophosphorus acid derivative. The composite may be used as a proppant in a hydraulic fracturing operation as well as a sand control particulate in a gravel packing operation. The presence of the surface modifying treatment agent on the surface of the solid particulate reduces the generation of fines and dust as well as the migration of sand during a hydraulic fracturing operation or a sand control operation. The presence of the surface modifying treatment agent on the surface of the solid particulate further enhances the crush resistance of the solid particulate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Terry D. Monroe, Brian B. Beall, Naima Bestaoui-Spurr, Sumit Bhaduri, Kimberly Lant, Hoang Le, Qi Qu