Riser Patents (Class 166/367)
  • Patent number: 10648244
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a connector comprising an external locking ring (11) allowing bayonet type connection on either side with two male (9) and female (8) connector elements, by means of studs having identical angular ranges. Furthermore, the connector comprises at least one removable pin (12) for translationally blocking locking ring (11), notably upon locking and unlocking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: IFP ENERGIES NOUVELLES
    Inventors: Emmanuel Persent, Gerard Papon, Eleonore Roguet, Navid Saeedi
  • Patent number: 10648281
    Abstract: A protection system for a drilling riser. The drilling riser includes a main drilling riser bore and a drilling riser annulus and extends from a floating installation to a location on a seafloor and is fluidly connected to a subsea BOP. The system includes a fluid conduit which extends from the floating installation to a lower region of the drilling riser. The fluid conduit is fluidly connected with the drilling riser annulus in the drilling riser. The fluid conduit provides at least one of a rapid pressure relief and a fluid bypass for the main drilling riser bore to prevent the drilling riser from an uncontrolled pressure build-up due to an inadvertent plugging or a restriction resulting in a maximum allowable working pressure (MAWP) of the drilling riser being exceeded, if a restriction, a plug or a blockage exists in the drilling riser annulus or in riser outlets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: FUTURE WELL CONTROL AS
    Inventor: Dag Vavik
  • Patent number: 10502348
    Abstract: A riser connector assembly includes a first connector assembly portion with first locking members, a second connector assembly portion with second locking members, and a locking device with third and fourth locking members. The locking device is rotatably connected to the first connector assembly portion. The locking device rotates between a first position where each of the locking members are interlocked, a second position where the first and third locking members are interlocked, and the second and fourth locking members are not interlocked, and a third position where none of the locking members are interlocked, so that the locking device is removable. The first and third locking members selectively/releasably interlock via a relative rotation between the first connector assembly portion and the locking device. The second and fourth locking members selectively/releasably interlock via a relative rotation between the second connector assembly portion and the locking device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: MARITIME PROMECO AS
    Inventors: Boerge Bjoerneklett, Per Martin Erik Hansson, Stian Solberg
  • Patent number: 10216873
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for pipeline component design are described. Input parameters and output parameters for the component design are identified. An analytic model is constructed using a design of experiments technique to represent influence of the input parameters on the output parameters. Value sets for the input parameters which meet a selection criterion for at least one of the output parameters are then identified. Finite element analysis is conducted on the identified value sets, and a pipeline component design choice is identified from results of the finite element analysis. Pipeline components are then manufactured according to the identified design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Acergy France SAS
    Inventors: Aurelien Lagache, Julien Simon, Anthony Pollet
  • Patent number: 10119371
    Abstract: A method of removing a flexible line deployed between an offshore platform and a subsea structure, where the platform has a landing deck on which the flexible line is installed, the landing deck facing away from the platform towards an installation side. The method comprises: decoupling a topside end of the flexible line from the landing deck; lowering the topside end from the landing deck to the sea bed using a platform mounted winch, and detaching the winch from the topside end; moving the platform in a direction away from the installation side and positioning an installation vessel on the installation side; lowering a recovery line from the installation vessel and attaching an end of the recovery line to the topside or subsea end of the riser; raising the attached topside or subsea end onto the installation vessel from the seabed using the recovery line; and recovering the flexible line onto the installation vessel, whereupon the platform can be moved back to an operating position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: STATOIL PETROLEUM AS
    Inventors: Steinar Kristoffersen, Guillaume Gravey, Øyvind Haug
  • Patent number: 10024120
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a riser section (4) equipped with an external locking ring (11). Locking ring (11) cooperates with a male connector element (9) and a female connector element (8) by means of a series of studs. The invention also relates to a riser consisting of several sections (4) and to the use of the riser for carrying out an offshore drilling operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: IFP Energies nouvelles
    Inventors: Emmanuel Persent, Navid Saeedi, Gerard Papon, Eleonore Roguet
  • Patent number: 9988860
    Abstract: A removable riser hang-off connector is equipped with a flexible element that, in one embodiment, comprises rubber-encapsulated steel plates. The connector is designed for attachment to a hang-off collar provided on a steel catenary riser below the tapered stress joint or flex joint. Connection of the removable riser hang-off connector may be made by an ROV. With the removable riser hang-off connector attached, the tapered stress joint and/or flex joint may be raised out of the water (for inspection, maintenance, repair or replacement) by lifting the upper end of the SCR out of its porch receptacle with a chain jack (or other lifting device) and inserting the removable riser hang-off connector into the porch receptacle. This temporarily supports the SCR in an elevated state with the tapered stress joint and/or flex joint above the surface of the water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Single Buoy Moorings, Inc.
    Inventors: Amir Salem, Thomas Prichard
  • Patent number: 9970172
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus for providing access to equipment or structures that require maintenance. More particularly, the present invention is suitable to provide access to equipment or structures located offshore, such as wind turbines or structures for oil and gas production. The apparatus comprises a deck, an apparatus structure for supporting the deck, a platform and a platform support mechanism. The platform is movable with respect to the deck from a stowed position to an extended position. In the extended position the platform forms an extension to the deck. The platform support mechanism comprises at least one cable and at least one compression post. The/each cable has a cable first end attached to the platform at or adjacent to a platform leading edge and a cable second end attached to the platform at or adjacent to a platform trailing edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: CELTIC DESIGN CONSULTANTS LTD
    Inventor: Iain Steven
  • Patent number: 9856621
    Abstract: Method for construction of a wind turbine generator on a slip formed concrete on a construction/deployment dry dock barge and delivery of WTG and foundation to the installation site as a complete unit. A split hull hydraulic dump scow facilitates the slip form construction and deployment of the slip-formed gravity anchor(s). The barge is sunk as a dry dock to a draft that permits the WTG/WTG foundation to be floated off. The free floating WTG foundation is ballasted with sea water to its operating draft. The tension legs from the gravity anchors are attached to the WTG foundation. The sea water is then removed from the WTG foundation. The gravity anchor(s) is constructed from slip formed concrete on a split hull hydraulic dump scow and deployed to the installation site, with tension legs attached for deployment and attachment to the WTG platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: DBD Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Fontain M. Johnson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9784052
    Abstract: In accordance with embodiments of the present disclosure, a ram-style riser tensioner cylinder assembly includes an outer cylinder barrel and an inner rod barrel disposed within and extending in a first direction from the outer cylinder barrel. The cylinder assembly also includes a high pressure seal disposed along a sliding interface between an end of the inner rod barrel and an inner wall of the outer cylinder barrel. In addition, the cylinder assembly includes a cap coupled to an end of the inner rod barrel extending from the outer cylinder barrel, and a fluid reservoir disposed in the cap. The fluid reservoir may be used to store and communicate fluid from the fluid reservoir to the high pressure seal for lubricating the seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Dril-Quip, Inc.
    Inventors: Fife B. Ellis, Steven M. Hafernik
  • Patent number: 9631440
    Abstract: A packer assembly for sealing about a subsea riser is provided. The subsea riser is operatively connectable between a surface platform and subsea equipment. The packer assembly includes a packer housing and at least one packer. The packer housing is positionable about a telescoping assembly. The telescoping assembly operatively connects the subsea riser to the surface platform. The packer(s) are positionable along an inner surface of the packer housing to form a seal with the telescoping assembly and include a plurality of packer segments. Each of the packer segments has male and female connectors on each end thereof matably connectable to the male and female connectors of another of the segments to form a seal connection therebetween. The seal connection defines a non-linear leak path whereby leakage of fluid between the plurality of segments is resisted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: NATIONAL OILWELL VARCO, L.P.
    Inventors: Kenneth W. Seyffert, Voltaire O. Sonnier, Hoang Nguyen
  • Patent number: 9482061
    Abstract: A subsea connector assembly is provided for automatically coupling a movable subsea structure to a tubular fixed subsea structure. The connector assembly comprises a male connector assembly, removably mountable to the movable subsea structure, and further comprising a throughbore, at least one first actuator member and at least one second actuator member. The connector assembly further comprises an adapter assembly, removably mountable to an end-fitting of a string of tubulars, comprising at least one first engagement member and at least one second engagement member, each of said at least one first and second engagement member are operable to be acted upon by said first and/or second actuator member so as to selectively release a locked engagement with said male connector assembly, allowing said adapter assembly to be moved through said throughbore of said male connector assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: FLEXIBLE ENGINEERED SOLUTIONS LIMITED
    Inventors: Ian Latimer, Michael Stanton, Richard Pattison
  • Patent number: 9422776
    Abstract: A rotating control device housing includes an upper riser flange; a lower riser flange; a latch section for receiving a bearing assembly and connected to the upper riser flange; a port section connected to the latch section by a flanged connection, having an outlet for discharging fluid flow diverted by the bearing assembly, and connected to the lower riser flange; and a jumper connected to the upper and lower riser flanges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Weatherford Technology Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Danny W. Wagoner, Gordon Thomson
  • Patent number: 9416600
    Abstract: A conductor pipe support system for a bottom-supported offshore drilling rig, the conductor pipe support system including a guide member configured for supporting a conductor pipe against horizontal movement when the conductor pipe extends from a blow-out preventer downward towards the seabed; a support member configured for vertically supporting at least a part of the load of the conductor pipe; and an access platform for allowing personnel to access at least a bottom portion of the blow-out preventer system; wherein the support member is connectable to the conductor pipe below the access platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: MAERSK DRILLING A/S
    Inventor: Nikolaj Golovinskij
  • Patent number: 9347296
    Abstract: Reducing the diameter of a well bore has many advantages. To achieve this a subsurface well bore is provided comprising one or more expandable sleeve components, preferably expandable liners (27, 271), each expandable sleeve component being fully overlapped by one or more non expandable sleeve component, preferably conventional liners (28, 29), such that the interior of the well bore is cased entirely by non expandable sleeve components (28, 29). In addition the through holes (34a) for downhole lines can be provided within the well head (34) rather than the tubing hanger (33). As the tubing hanger does not need to provide space for through holes and associated mounting couplings, its diameter can be reduced, thus reducing the internal diameter of the well bore by several inches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: STATOIL PETROLEUM AS
    Inventors: Audun Faanes, Halvor Kjørholt, Torstein Vinge
  • Patent number: 9038731
    Abstract: A tensioning apparatus for applying a substantially constant tension to a workover riser (12) includes a first portion (40) adapted to be coupled to a workover riser, a second portion (44) adapted to be coupled to a marine riser (14) and tensioning means (46) for providing relative movement between the first portion and the second portion to, in use, tension the workover riser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Enovate Systems Limited
    Inventor: Jeffrey Edwards
  • Patent number: 9038730
    Abstract: A marine riser includes one or more buoyancy modules running along a length of the marine riser, wherein the one or more buoyancy modules are molded such that an umbilical may be secured along a length of the one or more buoyancy modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Deep Down, Inc.
    Inventor: Ron Smith
  • Patent number: 9033052
    Abstract: What is provided is a method and apparatus wherein a rotating and reciprocating swivel can be detachably connected to an annular blowout preventer thereby separating the drilling fluid or mud into upper and lower sections with the mandrel of the swivel being comprised of double box end joints and using double pin end subs to connect a plurality of such mandrel joints together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Mako Rentals, Inc.
    Inventors: Kip M. Robichaux, Kenneth G. Caillouet, Terry P. Robichaux
  • Patent number: 9033051
    Abstract: A system for the diversion of flow from a wellhead has a mudline closure mechanism suitable for attachment to the wellhead, a blowout preventer connected or interconnected to the mudline control mechanism, and a flow control line having one end connected to a diversion passageway of the mudline control mechanism and extending therefrom such that an opposite end of the flow control line is disposed away from the mudline closure mechanism. The mudline closure mechanism has a main passageway communicating with the flow passageway of the blowout preventer. The mudline closure mechanism has a valve suitable for switching fluid flow from the main passageway to the diversion passageway. The blowout preventer is positioned above the mudline closure mechanism. The flow control line is supported by a base anchored into the subsea floor away from the mudline closure mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: TRENDSETTER ENGINEERING, INC.
    Inventor: Mario R. Lugo
  • Publication number: 20150129238
    Abstract: Device (11) for compensation of wave induced distance variations to a drill string between a floating drill rig and a seabed-fixed installation, comprising an extendable cylinder/piston unit (12) which is arranged to be able to compensate when the load exceeds a pre-determined threshold value. The cylinder (13) of the cylinder/piston unit (12) comprises a non-compressible liquid at both sides of a piston (14) positioned substantially in the middle of the cylinder (13) and is prevented from fluid communication with the surroundings. A control valve (19) is arranged to activate the device (11) by opening for fluid communication between the cylinder (13) and a gas containing accumulator (17) when the load exceeds a predetermined threshold value. The device is characterized by being a complete, self-supported unit comprising cylinder (13), piston (14) on a piston rod (15), accumulator (17), control valve (19) and drainage tank (20).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Tommy Andre Hognestad Liland, Kjetil Naesgaard
  • Publication number: 20150122504
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus is disclosed that uses a gas lift tubing arrangement to produce synthetic hydrocarbon related products. Using the Fischer Tropsch process as an example, the tubing is packed with a suitable catalyst and then hydrogen and carbon monoxide are injected into the top of the tubing in a fashion similar to a gas lift process. As the gases travel past the catalyst, synthetic hydrocarbons are formed and heat is rejected. The synthetic hydrocarbons and water flow out of the bottom of the tubing and travel up the annulus to the surface. In some embodiments, this process is carried out in a producing well or a in producing riser. In a producing well or a producing riser, the production from the well which flows up the annulus cools the synthetic hydrocarbon derived products. In additional and alternate embodiments, this process can be used in non-flowing wells.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2015
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Robert P. Herrmann
  • Publication number: 20150122503
    Abstract: A free-standing riser system connects a subsea source to a surface structure. The system includes a concentric free-standing riser comprising inner and outer risers defining an annulus there between. A lower end of the riser is fluidly coupled to the subsea source through a lower riser assembly (LRA) and one or more subsea flexible conduits. An upper end of the riser is connected to a buoyancy assembly and the surface structure through an upper riser assembly (URA) and one or more upper flexible conduits, the riser also mechanically connected to a buoyancy assembly that applies upward tension to the riser. The riser may be insulated for flow assurance, either by a flow assurance fluid in the annulus, insulation of the outside of the outer riser, or both. The system may include a hydrate inhibition system and/or a subsea dispersant system. The surface structure may be dynamically positioned.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2015
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Roy Shilling, Paul W. Gulgowski, Jr., Philip D. Maule, Kevin Kennelley, Walter Greene, Robert W. Franklin, Vicki Corso, Tony Oldfield, Adam L. Ballard, Graeme Steele, David E. Wilkinson, Ricky Thethi, Chau Nguyen, Steve Hatton
  • Patent number: 9022127
    Abstract: The present invention regards a riser system comprising at least one riser extending from a subsea wellhead to a surface vessel, tension means for keeping the at least one riser tensioned, which tension means are connected to the vessel, a upper workover riser package (UWRP) located at the upper section of the riser and arranged to seal off the riser passage.According to the invention the UWRP is located below the connection point of the tension means to the vessel, giving the UWRP a position stationary relative a seabed, and that the UWRP comprises an interface adapted for the connection of different kinds of workover equipment. The invention also regards a method for inserting tools into a riser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: FMC Kongsberg Subsea AS
    Inventors: Anthony D. Muff, Arnt Ove Pettersen
  • Patent number: 9022128
    Abstract: A water intake assembly (105) is suspendable from an off-shore structure (102) is proposed. It has a bundle (106) of at least a first tubular conduit (106A) and a second tubular conduit (106B) generally stretching side by side along a length direction. At least a part of the distal portion (109) of the first tubular conduit extends further in the length direction than the second tubular conduit when in fully suspended condition. Described used of such a water intake riser assembly include: a method of producing a liquefied hydrocarbon stream and a method of producing a vaporous hydrocarbon steam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Shell Oil Company
    Inventors: Michalakis Efthymiou, Guido Leon Kuiper, Herman Theodoor Van Der Meyden
  • Patent number: 9022123
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus for inspecting and monitoring flexible collection and production lines in real time, rendering possible constant tracking of the condition of the internal structures of a flexible riser, specifically of the tensile armor thereof. The device may be provided at any point along the riser ensuring the establishment of an area of physical and visual contact directly over the surface of the tensile armor of the riser for the installation of equipment for analysis, which area permits further accesses without destroying the sealing of the chamber there formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.-Petrobras
    Inventors: George Carneiro Campello, Sergio Ricardo Kokay Morikawa
  • Patent number: 9022125
    Abstract: A marine riser includes a plurality of central pipes assembled end to end to form a main conduit. A plurality of tension members runs the length of the main conduit. The tension members are coupled to the main conduit to support and constrain an axial motion of the main conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: National Oilwell Varco, L.P.
    Inventors: James William Weir, Dean Allen Bennett
  • Patent number: 9010436
    Abstract: A tensioner assembly for applying tension to a tubular member, such as a riser, can include an upper latch connected to the tubular member, a platform with a bore, and a lower latch ring. After applying tension to the tubular member, the lower latch ring can be closed around the tubular member so that when the tension is released, the upper latch lands on and engages the lower latch. The assembly can include a locking mechanism that prevents axial movement of the upper latch, relative to the lower latch, after engagement. The upper latch can self-center on the lower latch as it is moved into the latching position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Vetco Gray Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin J. Kubichek, Rockford D. Lyle, Jesus J. Garcia, Steven M. Wong
  • Patent number: 9010439
    Abstract: An umbilical for use in the offshore production of hydrocarbons, and in particular to a power umbilical for use in deep water applications is described, comprising a plurality of longitudinal strength members, wherein at least one longitudinal strength member comprises rope enclosed within a tube. In this way, the or each longitudinal strength member being a rope and tube combination achieves the synergistic benefit of favorable mechanical properties in the axial direction, with favorable mechanical properties in the radial direction during tensioning or the like of the umbilical, especially during installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Technip France
    Inventors: David Fogg, Xiaoxue An, Dave Bromfield, Alan Dobson
  • Patent number: 9004176
    Abstract: A system and method for rapidly responding to and regaining control of uncontrolled flow from offshore hydrocarbon wells, comprising a subsea containment assembly, optionally including a capture caisson assembly installed around the assembly, riser systems for production of hydrocarbons to capture vessels on the surface of the sea, and modularized subsystems facilitating communication between and fluid flow from the subsea containment assembly through the riser to the capture vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Marine Well Containment Company
    Inventors: Calvin W. Crossley, Jeffrey W. Jones, Allen P. Allegra, Jonathan Bowman, Lloyd Brown, John Dagleish, Brian J. Fielding, Mitch Guinn, Joe Q. Jin, Wan Cai Kan, Roald T. Lokken, Mario R. Lugo, Peter G. Noble, Matthew J. Obernuefemann, Murray Smith, Paul M. Sommerfield, Charlie Tyrell, Richard Weser, Stephen Wetch
  • Patent number: 8997877
    Abstract: A method for making a riser component includes: positioning a coupler adjacent and end of a tube such that a region of the coupler forms an interface with the tube's end, wherein the region includes a material (in some embodiments an aluminum alloy), and the tube's end includes a groove and another material (in some embodiments a steel alloy) that is different than the region's material; heating the region of the coupler to increase the region's malleability; and exerting pressure on the region of the coupler to plastically deform the region to insert some of the region's material into the groove in the tube's end. By fixing the coupler to the tube in this manner, the coupler may be strongly secured to the tube, and thus able to withstand high, dynamic loads frequently experienced in service. Also, the material of the coupler may be different than the material of the tube, and thus the material of the coupler may be lighter than the material of the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Advanced Joining Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas J. Waldron, Keith McTernan, Scott Forrest
  • Patent number: 8997873
    Abstract: The disclosure provides an in-situ system and method for transferring a load from a tensioned flexible link between at least two bodies, such as between a buoyancy can and a subsea riser or between a moored offshore platform and a pile. The system and method provides a tether assembly having a hydraulic cylinder and/or a transfer assembly, where the hydraulic cylinder is configured upon actuation to decrease a distance between the two bodies; and the transfer assembly includes a mechanical interlock configured upon actuation to maintain the decreased distance between the two bodies independent of the hydraulic cylinder. The mechanical interlock can include various embodiments that can be selectively activated and deactivated position to allow the hydraulic cylinder to operate at various times in the transfer process. A support assembly can provide additional support to the flexible link independent of or in addition to the transfer assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Technip France
    Inventors: Brian Riordan, Mathieu Boisne, Tobias G. Selcer, Jacy Lee Robbins, Ange Luppi
  • Patent number: 8985220
    Abstract: A well intervention system is described which has a riser access drive adapted to be located below a vessel, or a rig, work floor. The riser is tensioned and extends from a subsea wellhead to the access device which, in use, is attached to the riser at the location below the work floor. Embodiments of the invention are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Enovate Systems Limited
    Inventor: Jeffrey Charles Edwards
  • Patent number: 8985217
    Abstract: A method, device, and system for determining whether liquid enters a subsea system includes a flow line having an inside bore capable of carrying producing fluids from a subsea wellhead to a floating production storage and offloading vessel (FPSO). An annulus is defined between an innermost sheath that surrounds the inside bore and an outermost sheath at an exterior of the flow line. The device further includes a housing element disposed within the annulus and in hydraulic communication with the annulus; a sensor element disposed at a predetermined location within the housing element; and data acquisition equipment capable of: determining environmental characteristics of the annulus based on measurements made by the sensor element, and determining at least one of the presence, location, and rate of collection of liquids in the subsea system based on the environmental characteristics of the annulus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Dominic McCann
  • Publication number: 20150075804
    Abstract: An offshore universal riser system. A riser system includes a valve module which selectively permits and prevents fluid flow through a flow passage extending longitudinally through a riser string. An anchoring device releasably secures the valve module in the flow passage. A method of constructing a riser system includes the steps of installing the valve module in the flow passage, and installing at least one annular seal module in the flow passage. The annular seal module is operative to prevent fluid flow through an annular space between the riser string and a tubular string positioned in the flow passage. Drilling methods include injecting relatively low density fluid compositions into the annular space, and selectively varying a restriction to flow through a subsea choke in a drilling fluid return line. The riser string, including housings for the various modules and external control systems, is dimensioned for installation through a rotary table.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Charles R. ORBELL, Christian LEUCHTENBERG, Craig W. GODFREY
  • Patent number: 8978770
    Abstract: Systems and methods for riser coupling are disclosed. A riser coupling system comprises a riser joint connector comprising a first tubular assembly coupled to a second tubular assembly. The riser coupling system further comprises a spider assembly which receives the riser joint connector and has a connector actuation tool. The connector actuation tool comprises a dog assembly, a clamping tool and a splined member. The dog assembly selectively extends a dog to engage the riser joint connector. The clamping tool couples the first tubular assembly and the second tubular assembly. Finally, the splined member actuates a locking member of the riser joint connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Dril-Quip, Inc.
    Inventors: Blake T. DeBerry, Morris B. Wade, James Daryl Kizer
  • Patent number: 8978766
    Abstract: A temperature compensated accumulator and method for use thereof downhole in a well. The accumulator may include a housing with separate bulkhead and piston assemblies. Thus, one assembly may include a hydraulic fluid chamber separated from a gas precharge pressure chamber by a piston and the other assembly may include an ambient pressure chamber separated from an atmospheric chamber by another piston. Additionally a pressure relief and check valve assembly may be located at a pressure relief chamber between the other assembly sections. Thus, venting to or from the gas precharge pressure chamber may take place upon exposure to a predetermined decreased or elevated temperature so as to maintain a substantially constant precharge level for the accumulator, for example, in spite of dramatic changes in downhole temperatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Nellessen, Jr., Quangen Du
  • Patent number: 8973665
    Abstract: A technique for subsea intervention operations incorporates use of a compliant guide that extends between a surface location and a subsea installation. The technique facilitates deployment of tool strings into a subsea well. For example, a portion of the compliant guide can be used as a subsea lubricator during pressure deployment of tool strings. In some applications, a tool entry guide can be connected into the subsea installation to facilitate deployment of tool strings into the subsea well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventors: Andrea Sbordone, René Schuurman, Yves Le Moign, Pascal Panetta, Alan J. Johnston, Axel Destremau, Eric Smedstad
  • Patent number: 8973674
    Abstract: A drilling system (10) including a drill string (13) which extends from a floating drilling rig to a well bore, and a tubular riser (12) which surrounds at least part of the portion of the drill string (13) between the well bore and drilling rig, the riser (12) having a telescopic joint (20) between a first tubular portion and a second tubular portion of the riser, the first tubular portion extending down to a well head at the top of the well bore and the second tubular portion extending up towards the drilling rig, the telescopic joint (20) comprising an inner tube part (20b) which is mounted within an outer tube part (20a), the drilling system (10) further including a riser closure device (26) which is mounted in the second tubular portion of the riser (12) and which is operable to provide a substantially fluid tight seal between the riser (12) and the drill string (13) whilst permitting the drill string (13) to rotate relative to the riser (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Managed Pressure Operations PTE Ltd.
    Inventor: Christian Leuchtenberg
  • Publication number: 20150060082
    Abstract: The connector includes a sleeve (4) which is screwed on to a thread (18) provided on an upper axial end of the lower riser section (1). The sleeve (4) encloses a lower end of an upper riser section (2) and is retained thereto. Once the sleeve (4) is secured to the lower riser section, this loosely tool then stretches the sleeve (4) upwardly and a retaining collar (5) is then manoeuvred in order to retain the sleeve (5) in this tensioned state after the release of the tensioning tool. This creates a preloaded connection between secures the upper riser section (2) to the lower riser section (1). A tensioning the upper riser section (2) and the lower riser section (1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: John Shield, Stephen Scott
  • Patent number: 8960303
    Abstract: A gooseneck conduit system for use with a telescoping joint of a subsea riser. In one embodiment, a riser telescoping joint includes a tube, and a gooseneck conduit assembly affixed to the tube. The gooseneck conduit assembly includes a plurality of gooseneck conduits and a locking mechanism. The gooseneck conduits extend radially from the tube. The locking mechanism engages a locking pin affixed to the tube to secure the gooseneck conduit assembly to the tube. Each gooseneck conduit couples to an auxiliary fluid line secured to the telescoping joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Cameron International Corporation
    Inventors: David L. Gilmore, William F. Puccio
  • Patent number: 8960307
    Abstract: An offshore well system for a subsea well. The system includes a floating platform, an external riser and an internal riser nested within the external riser. A external riser tension device tensions the external riser. The drilling system also includes a surface wellhead system that includes a wellhead, a collet, and a flange assembly. The wellhead, collet, and flange assembly are assembled to establish a common bore for receiving the top of the internal riser. A gasket located between the top of the internal riser and an inner shoulder of the flange assembly seals between the wellhead system and the top of the internal riser. The surface wellhead system also retains the internal riser in tension with the wellhead, the internal riser extending above the wellhead into the collet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Cameron International Corporation
    Inventors: David Cain, William F. Puccio, Shian J. Chou, Vijay A. Cheruvu, Kirk P. Guidry, Clint Trimble
  • Patent number: 8960302
    Abstract: A free-standing riser system connects a subsea source to a surface structure. The system includes a concentric free-standing riser comprising inner and outer risers defining an annulus there between. A lower end of the riser is fluidly coupled to the subsea source through a lower riser assembly (LRA) and one or more subsea flexible conduits. An upper end of the riser is connected to a buoyancy assembly and the surface structure through an upper riser assembly (URA) and one or more upper flexible conduits, the riser also mechanically connected to a buoyancy assembly that applies upward tension to the riser. The riser may be insulated for flow assurance, either by a flow assurance fluid in the annulus, insulation of the outside of the outer riser, or both. The system may include a hydrate inhibition system and/or a subsea dispersant system. The surface structure may be dynamically positioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignees: BP Corporation North America, Inc., BP Exploration Operating Company Limited
    Inventors: Roy Shilling, Paul W. Gulgowski, Jr., Philip D. Maule, Kevin Kennelley, Walter Greene, Robert W. Franklin, Vicki Corso, Tony Oldfield, Adam L. Ballard, Graeme Steele, David E. Wilkinson, Ricky Thethi, Chau Nguyen, Steve Hatton
  • Patent number: 8960304
    Abstract: An underwater fluid transport apparatus (10) to transport a fluid between a sea bed (12) and the surface (14) of the sea vertically above the sea bed. A riser (20) is connected to a flexible pipe (32) leading to the sea surface (14). A retaining float (24) is installed around the riser in order to maintain the riser (20) in a stretched suspended position between the sea bed (12) and a subsurface region situated between the sea bed and the surface (14) of the sea. The flexible pipe (32) extends in a catenary curve between the riser (20) and the sea surface. An additional float (28) is installed between the riser (20) and the sea surface (14). The riser (20) is attached to the additional float (28) to increase the buoyancy of the riser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Technip France
    Inventor: Ange Luppi
  • Patent number: 8955593
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an accessory device which comprises a damping sleeve (100), which is coupled to a bend stiffener (4), capable of acting in the anchoring operation of a riser (3) so as to eliminate the need for fuse cables and safety straps, the need to use a team of divers, and to guarantee the implementation of the operation in all sea conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.-Petrobras
    Inventor: Sergio Batista De Barros
  • Patent number: 8955591
    Abstract: A system and method of recovering hydrocarbons located at or above a sea floor of a sea are disclosed. The method includes heating a working fluid at a heater and delivering the working fluid downward into the sea through a first string of a riser to a heat exchanger. The riser has a plurality of strings in a concentric arrangement. The heat exchanger transfers thermal energy from the working fluid to at least hydrocarbons to enable recovery of the hydrocarbons through a second string of the riser. The working fluid returns from the heat exchanger to the heater through a third string of the riser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Future Energy, LLC
    Inventor: Kent B. Hytken
  • Publication number: 20150041145
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to a pipe comprising at least one layer at least comprising, preferably consisting essentially of (or being made of), a tetrafluoroethylene (TFE) copolymer comprising from 0.8% to 2.5% by weight of recurring units derived from at least one perfluorinated alkyl vinyl ether having formula (I) here below: CF2?CF—O—Rf (I) wherein Rf is a linear or branched C3-C5 perfluorinated alkyl group or a linear or branched C3-C12 perfluorinated oxyalkyl group comprising one or more ether oxygen atoms, said TFE copolymer having a melt flow index comprised between 0.5 and 6.0 g/10 min, as measured according to ASTM D1238 at 372° C. under a load of 5 Kg [polymer (F)]. The invention also pertains to use of said pipe in heat exchangers and in downhole operations including drilling operations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Pasqua Colaianna, Giambattista Besana, Marco Mirenda, Nicasio Messina
  • Patent number: 8950499
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed which provides fluid communication between the inner bore and the annular space in a pipe-in-pipe system. Other embodiments disclose an apparatus which provides fluid communication between adjacent segments of the annular space, between the inner bore or the annular space and an external source in a pipe-in-pipe type system. Methods and systems are disclosed utilizing the various apparatus embodiments to transport well fluids in an offshore or onshore hydrocarbon production operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: Antonio C. F. Critsinelis, Sid A. Mebarkia, Michael Quinney, Miguel Ruiz
  • Patent number: 8950501
    Abstract: A riser clamp (20) comprising a first jaw portion (211) and a second jaw portion (212) that can be opened and closed relative to each other. The jaw portions (211/212) each comprise a thermoplastic body (301/302) that can be, for example, injection molded pieces of polyethylene (e.g., HDPE). The jaw portions (211/212) can be connected by a hinge (39) that is integrally formed therewith. The clamp (20) can also include cradles (701/702) and caps (711/712) for holding auxiliary lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Parker-Hannifin Corporation
    Inventors: Travis L. Sessions, Gary W. Schroeder, Tyler B. Miner, Larry G. Cobb
  • Patent number: 8950498
    Abstract: Disclosed are pipeline systems, methods and apparatus for handling fluids in offshore oil and gas production. The systems disclosed allow subsea functional lines having diameters which differ by more than 2 standard API 5L pipeline diameters to be placed in fluid communication in such a way that the systems are piggable. Pipeline connection terminations are installed to facilitate connection of such functional lines. Such systems offer solutions to problems related to installing subsea pipeline in rough terrain, over subsea canyons and subsea scarps, installing marine risers, and long tiebacks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: Farzan Parsinejad, Antonio Carlos Falcao Critsinelis, Sid A. Mebarkia, Christopher Allen Kassner, Brooks Gerard Johnson
  • Publication number: 20150034327
    Abstract: A drilling system includes a derrick installed on a platform of a stationary floating structure. An activity forms a borehole in a sea-bed, and carries out installation of a casing pipe assembly and a BOP assembly in the formed borehole. A BOP trolley forms the BOP assembly together with the activity, and moves while supporting the formed BOP assembly thereon. A slot is formed on a work stand of a moon pool for underwater storage of the BOP assembly so as to extend parallel with the direction of movement of the BOP trolley, and suppresses shaking of risers when the BOP assembly positioned underwater is moved by the BOP trolley and the BOP assembly is moved to an underwater storage position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: HYUNDAI HEAVY INDUSTRIES CO., LTD
    Inventors: You-Won Ahn, Young-Chul Lee, Bum-Serk Chae, Hyung-Kwan Kim, Je-Jin Jang