Riser Patents (Class 166/367)
  • 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: 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
  • 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
  • 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: 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
  • 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
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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
  • Patent number: 8944723
    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 plurality of lower latch segments, each having a base that is pivotally connected to the platform. After applying tension to the tubular member, the segments pivot inward to form an annular lower latch ring having an inner diameter less than an outer diameter of the upper latch. The assembly can include a locking mechanism that prevents axial movement of the upper latch, relative to the lower latch ring, 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: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Vetco Gray Inc.
    Inventors: Jesus J. Garcia, Joseph W. Pallini, Steven M. Wong, Rockford D. Lyle, Benjamin J. Kubichek
  • Publication number: 20150027720
    Abstract: The invention relates to improved metal/composite interfaces, particularly for risers used in offshore oil and gas production to connect a subsea oil well to a surface drilling/production facility. The invention provides a composite hoop structure configured to a bearing surface of a metal groove of metal liner over which axial fibers are laid. The composite hoop structure provides for improved transition of axial, torsional and compressive forces between composite fibers and metal surfaces of the metal liner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Brian SPENCER, Richard GROVER
  • Patent number: 8939214
    Abstract: Various implementations include a system for introducing upwardly a flexible member into a tubular fixed structure with a sleeve surrounding the flexible member in the region where the flexible member attaches to the tubular fixed structure. The system allows for the flexible member to be drawn upwardly into a bore of the tubular fixed structure. In one implementation, a plurality of locking dogs are attached to and are radially moveable with respect to the sleeve between an inner locking position in which they engage with the flexible member, and an outer release position in which they are disengaged from the flexible member. In addition, a latch ring is disposed on a substantially cylindrical surface so that it may be deflected axially along said surface on contact between the sleeve and tubular fixed structure to permit release of the locking dogs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: First Subsea Limited
    Inventors: Shaun Hugh Litherland, Paul Anthony Hughes
  • Publication number: 20150021039
    Abstract: An umbilical comprising an outer sheath, a core enclosed by the outer sheath and comprising a plurality of helically wound umbilical components, and a tape wound between the outer sheath and the core, wherein the tape comprises a plurality of rigid elements adapted to press into or against the outer sheath and the core when subject to loading. By combining a plurality of rigid elements with a tape, the present invention is able to increase the friction between the core and its outer sheath as part of an existing manufacturing step of adding a final tape or band around the core prior to adding the outer sheath. This particular assists steel tube umbilicals being vertically laid using VLS at deep water depths.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Michael Bell
  • Patent number: 8931563
    Abstract: Force-dampening arrangement (100) for dampening forces between two interconnectable parts in a tube string, of which interconnectable parts a lower part (101) is connected to the upper end of a string element (105, 3a) extending into a subsea well (5) and an upper part (103) is suspended from a floating surface installation (1) through at least one suspension element (3b) extending up to said surface installation. The force-dampening arrangement (100) is connected to the tube string above a string-portion (3a) extending into said subsea well, and below at least a portion of said suspension element (3b). The force dampening arrangement (100) exhibits an upper and lower section (109, 111) that are vertically movable in relation to each other, thereby yielding for impact forces between said interconnectable upper and lower parts (103, 101) resulting from vertical heave movement of said portion of suspension elements (3b) moving vertically in respect of the string element (3a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Aker Subsea AS
    Inventors: Ole Jorgen Holtet, Linn Therese Thuv, Simen Ronne
  • Patent number: 8931562
    Abstract: A collector for capturing flow discharged from a subsea blowout includes a tubular housing having a containment chamber; a seal connected to the housing; a tubular chimney connected to the housing, having a portion of a subsea connector, and having a diameter less than a diameter of the containment chamber; and a head connected to the housing and the chimney.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignees: Wild Well Control, Inc., BP Corporation North America Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick Michael Cargol, Jr., Robert H. Gatliff, Jr., Pierre Albert Beynet, Kevin James Devers, Trent J. Fleece, Norman Dennis McMullen, Jason T. Holvey, Jonathan Eryl Rogers, Daniel Scott Stoltz
  • Patent number: 8919448
    Abstract: Modular stress joints usable to compensate for forces applied to a subsea riser or other structure include a base member and one or more additional members. Members having desired lengths can be selected such that the sum of the length of the base member and additional members defines a desired total length. Members having desired wall thicknesses can be selected such that a combination of the wall thicknesses of the base member and each additional member defines an overall wall thickness or stiffness. The total length, overall wall thickness, or both correspond to expected forces applied to the subsea riser or structure, such that the stress joint is adapted to compensate for the forces and prevent damage. The number or length of members used and their thickness or other characteristics can be varied to provide multiple lengths and stiffnesses, such that the stress joint is modular and reconfigurable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Inventor: Mitchell Z. Dziekonski
  • Patent number: 8905143
    Abstract: A riser configuration having a rigid riser portion and a flexible riser portion. The riser configuration also includes a subsea buoy across which the riser portions are connected. Buoyancy means are mounted on the flexible riser portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Subsea 7 Limited
    Inventors: Arnbjorn Joensen, Julek Romuald Tomas
  • Patent number: 8905142
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a guide frame (10) for location at one or more points along the length of a riser tower structure (112,114). The riser tower structure is of a type that has an upper end supported at a depth below the sea surface and has a central core (200) with one or more conduits (220) arranged therearound extending from the seabed toward the surface. In use, the guide frame guides the conduit (s) relative to the central core, said guide frame (10) being attachable to said riser tower structure non-continuously (40,50), thereby not becoming an integral part of said riser tower structure. Also disclosed is a riser tower comprising such guide frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Acergy France SA
    Inventor: Jean-Luc Bernard Legras
  • Patent number: 8902077
    Abstract: A subsea communication system is used to communicate between a position that is proximal to a surface of the sea and an apparatus of the seabed. The subsea communication system includes an umbilicalless communication system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Roderick MacKenzie, John A. Kerr, Alan J. Johnston