With Above Ground (1) Motor Carried By Casing Or Casing Support Or (2) Well Fluid Pump Patents (Class 166/68.5)
  • Patent number: 11085458
    Abstract: An improved pump and sealing assembly having particular utility to vertically extending pumps/pump shafts provides an arrangement that enables field repair as opposed to requiring travel of the host vessel to a shipyard. The apparatus includes an adapter housing that is configured to provide easy access to set screws that enable field disassembly. This adapter housing carries a sleeve and a bearing. The adapter housing can be fitted to a pump seal assembly that can include a mechanical seal and under bearing assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Inventor: S. Elwood Yandle, II
  • Patent number: 10968726
    Abstract: A power transmission system and method for transmitting power over a three-phase power system on a multi-conductor power cable between a surface and a sub-surface location are provided. A surface system includes a power supply providing a direct current (DC) power signal to the power cable. A sub-surface system includes a downhole system coupled to a Y-point of a downhole motor. The downhole system is configured to be powered by (i) the DC power signal provided by the surface system, (ii) alternating current (AC) power drawn from the Y-point, and (iii) a combination of the DC power and the AC power. The downhole system is powered by the DC power when the power cable does not have an insulation fault, and the downhole system is powered by the AC power or the combination of the DC power and the AC power when the power cable has an insulation fault.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Alkhorayef Petroleum Company Limited
    Inventors: David S Shanks, Jedrzej Pietryka, Janusz Szewczyk, Jaroslw Samsel, Zbigniew Krzeminski
  • Patent number: 10876572
    Abstract: The invention relates to a half shell for a torsion bar bearing (10, 10A), comprising: a half-shell body (1, 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, 1E) formed in one piece and along a body axis (A); and at least one stiffening device (8, 8A, 8B, 8C, 8D, 8E) adapted to increase a rigidity of the half-shell body (1, 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, 1E). The invention relates further to a torsion bar bearing (10, 10A) comprising: at least one first half shell and at least one second half shell, wherein at least one of the at least one half shell is disposed opposite to at least one of the at least one second half shell with respect to a torsion bar axis, and to a method of supporting a torsion bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Sumitomo Riko Company Limited
    Inventors: Martin Münch, Jörg Ditzel, Valeri Becker
  • Patent number: 10612537
    Abstract: A hydraulic oil well pumping system is provided. The system uses a pump to exert hydraulic pressure against a reciprocating piston over a wellbore. The piston is connected to a rod string and downhole pump for pumping oil from a wellbore. The system includes an electronic control system that controls movement of the piston as it moves between the upper and lower rod positions by cycling the hydraulic system between (i) an “upstroke” condition wherein the pump is pumping oil through the oil line into the hydraulic cylinder to move the piston to its upper rod position, and (ii) a “neutral” condition wherein the pump is no longer pumping oil into the hydraulic cylinder, but is allowing oil to flow back through the oil line in response to gravitational fall of the piston. The control system is programmed to cycle based upon a volumetric calculation of hydraulic oil in the cylinder without reference to position sensors along the wellhead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Hydraulic Rod Pumps, International
    Inventors: Christopher M. Hodges, Lance A. Mehegan, Timothy L. Hankerd, Nathan Terry, Walter Phillips
  • Patent number: 9441683
    Abstract: A hydraulic auxiliary brake device of a motor used for oil production is provided. A turning shaft and an oil extraction pump of the motor are provided with a brake disc. The motor is provided with a hydraulic brake. The hydraulic brake is connected with an oil pressure pipe, a one-way clutch gear, and an oil pump. The one-way clutch gear meshes with the brake disc. When the turning shaft and the oil extraction pump of the motor are turned normally for oil production, the one-way clutch idles so that the oil pump doesn't output oil pressure, and the hydraulic brake doesn't activate to brake the brake disc. In case of a power failure, the oil pump is opened to output oil pressure and the hydraulic brake is activated to brake the brake disc, such that the turning shaft and the oil extraction pump are stopped from turning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Inventor: Yen-Hong Wong
  • Patent number: 9157289
    Abstract: A hydraulic tubing anchor used in hydrocarbon producing wells has structure which positively contains a live slip within the mandrel of the anchor, thereby preventing the live slip from separating from the tubing anchor and dropping deeper into the well. Structure at the ends of the live slip engage within corresponding grooves of the slip recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: BLACK GOLD PUMP AND SUPPLY, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Bair, Andrew Tillison
  • Publication number: 20150114644
    Abstract: A downhole tool conveyed via tubing within a wellbore at a wellsite comprises a hydraulic tool driven by fluid pumped to the hydraulic tool via the tubing. The downhole tool further comprises a valve in fluid communication between the tubing and the hydraulic tool. The valve is configurable in the wellbore between an expanded position, establishing a bypass diverting at least a portion of the pumped fluid away from the hydraulic tool, and a compressed position, closing the bypass.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Mark C. Oettli, L. Michael McKee, Robert L. Bucher, III, Mohammad Hajjari
  • Patent number: 9016383
    Abstract: A method of pumping an oilfield fluid from a well surface to a wellbore is provided that includes providing a clean stream; operating one or more clean pumps to pump the clean stream from the well surface to the wellbore; providing a dirty stream including a solid material disposed in a fluid carrier; and operating one or more dirty pumps to pump the dirty stream from the well surface to the wellbore, wherein the clean stream and the dirty stream together form said oilfield fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Rod Shampine, Paul Dwyer, Ronnie Stover, Mike Lloyd, Jean-Louis Pessin, Edward Kent Leugemors, Larry D. Welch, Joe Hubenschmidt, Philippe Gambier, William Troy Huey, Thomas Allan
  • Publication number: 20150096737
    Abstract: A pressure compensating system that minimizes the pressure differences across multiple shaft seals in a rod driven downhole pumping apparatus. The system balances the pressures across the seals by forcing the external pressure of all seals and compensators to be equal to the highest external pressure in the apparatus, made possible by the appropriate use of labyrinth-type seals. A bleed valve assembly which allows free flow of fluid into the pressure compensating system, but restricts the rate of fluid outflow from the system in case of shut-in of the pump, to limit the potential of rapid opening and closing of the mechanical shaft seals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventor: William Bruce Morrow
  • Patent number: 8960273
    Abstract: A method of pumping production fluid from a wellbore includes deploying a centrifugal pump into a production wellbore; and pumping hydrocarbons from the production wellbore by rotating an impeller of the centrifugal pump in the production wellbore from surface using a drive string, wherein the impeller is rotated at a speed less than or equal to seventeen hundred fifty revolutions per minute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Oilfield Equipment Development Center Limited
    Inventors: Clayton Bara, Phil Fouillard, Darren Part
  • Patent number: 8955582
    Abstract: A beamless mechanic-reversing long stroke pumping unit is provided for petroleum production in diverse types of oil fields. Its mechanic-reversing system consists of differentials, brakes, etc. With two differentials assembled together, taper gears inside them perform revolution and rotation, enabling the pumping unit to achieve direction change and speed change mechanically. The stroke length of the pumping unit can reach 8 meters or longer, and the adjustment process is more convenient than most, by merely tuning the position of the proximity switches. Abrasion of the chains typically caused due to resetting of a motor frequently during operation, is eliminated in this pumping unit. The pumping unit has more reliable operation performance, more convenient maintenance, lower costs, better energy saving effects, and can be applied in land oil fields, offshore oil fields, oil wells with low permeability, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Inventors: Yi Wang, Zijiang Yang, Jin Wang
  • Patent number: 8931564
    Abstract: A method to extract oil for a pool of oil in the ground utilizes an interconnected series of rotating helical blades extending from the surface of the ground through a canted bore to the pool of oil. The blades can be staggered and interconnected with a gear arrangement that moves oil from pool to pool and up to the surface of the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Inventor: Michael D. Anter
  • Publication number: 20150000930
    Abstract: A pump jack assembly comprising: a horsehead mounted to rock on a frame; a polished rod connected to the horsehead; and a hydraulic motor connected to rock the horsehead.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Everett Allan Haarstad, Tyler Haarstad, Gordon Ray Abram
  • Patent number: 8910708
    Abstract: Systems for remedial cementing are provided that utilize pumice and various additives. One of the systems for remedial cementing embodiments comprises a lightweight settable composition comprising pumice, a calcium activator, and water, wherein the lightweight settable composition has a density of less than about 13.5 pounds per gallon; mixing equipment for mixing the lightweight settable composition; and pumping equipment for delivering the lightweight settable composition to a well bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Jiten Chatterji, D. Chad Brenneis, James R. Benkley
  • Patent number: 8899314
    Abstract: A stuffing box for a wellhead comprises a stationary housing defining a passage for receiving a well tubular, and a tubular shaft mounted on the stationary housing for rotation within the passage and defining an inner axial bore. The inner axial bore is adapted to form a static seal around the well tubular in use, and a dynamic pressure seal is mounted within an annular cavity defined by respective cylindrical surfaces of the stationary housing and the tubular shaft. One or both of the respective cylindrical surfaces are tapered to decrease the radial cross sectional area of a seal travel portion of the annular cavity in an axial direction from a well end of the stationary housing to an opposite second end of the stationary housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Brightling Equipment Ltd.
    Inventor: Derek Tebay
  • Patent number: 8887802
    Abstract: An electric submersible pump (ESP) torque absorbtion anchor system (TAS) and a method to assemble the same are disclosed. The TAS includes a collar having an uphole end coupled to a production string and a flange formed on an outer diameter of the collar. The TAS also includes a sleeve having a rim extending radially inward from an uphole end of the sleeve. The collar is positioned in a cavity of the sleeve so that oppositely facing shoulders of the collar and the sleeve contact and transfer axial loads between the sleeve and the collar. A spring is positioned in an annulus between the sleeve and the collar and mounts to the collar and the sleeve so that rotational loading of the sleeve relative to the collar transfers to the spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Abbas Ghazi-Moradi, Donn J. Brown, Robert C. de Long, John J. Mack
  • Patent number: 8875781
    Abstract: A pumping assembly includes a hydraulic pump having a hydraulic ram tied to a reciprocating annular piston having a central bore. When the annular piston moves in an upward direction, the hydraulic ram moves toward an extended position extending from the housing. When the annular piston moves in a downward direction, the hydraulic ram moves toward a retracted position retracted within the housing. A polish rod extends up through the central bore of the annular piston and is held in position by a polish rod clamp positioned on top of the hydraulic ram. The polish rod moves with the hydraulic ram. Other pumping systems, devices, and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: 1238585 Alberta Ltd.
    Inventor: Perry L. St. Denis
  • Publication number: 20140311730
    Abstract: In a production apparatus for pumping production fluid to the surface of a well, a progressive cavity pump with a stator and a rotor in which the rotor has an extension which rests on a thrust bearing, lubricated by production fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventor: William Bruce Morrow
  • Patent number: 8851186
    Abstract: A method of pumping an oilfield fluid from a well surface to a wellbore is provided that includes providing a clean stream; operating one or more clean pumps to pump the clean stream from the well surface to the wellbore; providing a dirty stream including a solid material disposed in a fluid carrier; and operating one or more dirty pumps to pump the dirty stream from the well surface to the wellbore, wherein the clean stream and the dirty stream together form said oilfield fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Rod Shampine, Paul Dwyer, Ronnie Stover, Mike Lloyd, Jean-Louis Pessin, Edward Leugemors, Larry D. Welch, Joe Hubenschmidt, Philippe Gambier, William Troy Huey, Thomas Allan
  • Patent number: 8800645
    Abstract: A high flow intake system for a horizontal pump skid installation is provided for reducing cavitation and for eliminating a necessity to have a booster pump. A pump inlet assembly has a collar that is affixed to a horizontal pump body proximate a pump intake. The pump inlet assembly has a plurality, e.g., four, inlet members that protrude from the collar member at an angle, preferably, 30 degrees, from a longitudinal axis of the pump body. Each of a plurality of hoses is connected to one of the plurality of inlet members. A distribution manifold has an inlet and a plurality of outlets that receive the second ends of the hoses. Preferably, each of the hoses has a length that is at least 20 times an inner diameter so that fluid passing through each of the hoses develops laminar flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Submersible Pumps, Inc.
    Inventors: Derric Drake, Mikel Eric Janitz, Justin Clark
  • Publication number: 20140174756
    Abstract: A pumping system includes a hydraulic motor assembly configured to drive a production pump. The hydraulic motor assembly includes a master pump located on the surface and an electric motor configured to controllably power the master pump. When moved by the electric motor, the master pump discharges a working fluid under pressure. The pressurized working fluid is transferred to a hydraulic turbine located in the wellbore. The hydraulic turbine converts the pressure of the working fluid into torque, which is transferred through a driveline to a production pump. The production pump pressurizes production fluids, which are carried under pressure to the surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2012
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: GE OIL & GAS ESP, INC.
    Inventor: Stephen Sakamoto
  • Patent number: 8753507
    Abstract: An artificial oil lifting unit uses an endless olephilic absorbent belt, driven by a surface equipment and tensed by a down hole equipment placed in the well production casing. The said absorbent belt (1) is looped over a central pulley (2) from a driving and collecting module (C) and driven by a double toothed belt (4) looped over six pulleys from which five are free (6,7,8,9 and 10). One is a driving pulley (5) placed over an entry shaft (36), the double toothed belt (4) being looped also over the oil absorbent belt on the central pulley and tensed with two identical systems (I) with pulleys commanded from the exterior of the case (13).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Inventor: Vasile Comsa
  • Patent number: 8726981
    Abstract: A tandem progressive cavity pump system lifts well fluids from a production zone to a well surface. The system provides a first pump and a second pump. The system positions the first pump at the production elevation within the well, and the second pump at an intermediate elevation within the well. The system then connects a discharge of the first pump to an intake of the second pump. The system is then operated so that the first pump lifts well fluids from the production zone to the intermediate zone, depositing the well fluids in the intake of the second pump. The second pump then lifts the well fluids from the intermediate zone to the surface of the well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventor: Douglas W. Berry
  • Patent number: 8678082
    Abstract: A pumping arrangement employs a compensating type hydraulic pump, a directional valving arrangement and a proportioning valving arrangement. When the directional valve is energized, oil is directed to the rod end of the hydraulic cylinder. The rod or piston part of the hydraulic cylinder will then elevate until a first limit switch is actuated which then will de-energize the directional valve and send a current signal to the proportional valve. This current signal to the proportional valve forces it to open to a point at which the cylinder rod would extend at the desired velocity until it reaches a second limit switch. The current signal to the proportional valve is then decreased, creating a choking arrangement that forces the cylinder rod to decelerate. Upon reaching the third limit switch, the signal is removed from the proportional valve so that it closes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Lufkin Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Michael A. Fesi, Willard J. Lapeyrouse, Kenneth H. Vincent
  • Publication number: 20140069651
    Abstract: A method of pumping an oilfield fluid from a well surface to a wellbore is provided that includes providing a clean stream; operating one or more clean pumps to pump the clean stream from the well surface to the wellbore; providing a dirty stream including a solid material disposed in a fluid carrier; and operating one or more dirty pumps to pump the dirty stream from the well surface to the wellbore, wherein the clean stream and the dirty stream together form said oilfield fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Rod Shampine, Paul Dwyer, Ronnie Stover, Mike Lloyd, Jean-Louis Pessin, Edward Kent Leugemors, Larry D. Welch, Joe Hubenschmidt, Philippe Gambier, William Troy Huey, Thomas Allan
  • Patent number: 8636057
    Abstract: A shear coupling assembly utilizes a second coupling member, a first coupling member and a locking member which is inserted into a bore in the first coupling member to connect between the second coupling member and the first coupling member. In embodiments where a pretension is applied to the shear neck, the locking member maintains the pretension in the shear neck. The bore of the first coupling member has a profiled section which corresponds to a profiled section on the second coupling member which when mated together permit torque to be transferred for co-rotating the second coupling member with the first coupling member for use in rotary pump operations. Advantageously, the profiled portions and the shear neck are encased in the bore of the shear coupling assembly and are protected from corrosive wellbore fluids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Weatherford/Lamb, Inc.
    Inventors: Benny B. Wolodko, Hermann Basler, Jonathan Paul Penner
  • Publication number: 20140008078
    Abstract: A movable downhole tubing string for a downhole well. The well has a wellhead and a downhole pump. The movable downhole tubing string has a movable tubing string having a surface end adjacent to the wellhead and a pump end adjacent to the downhole pump. At least one of the surface end and the pump end is telescopically received within a stationary tubing section. The stationary tubing section is stationary relative to the wellhead. There is an actuator for telescopically moving the movable tubing string relative to the stationary tubing section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Inventors: Tokarek Wade, Schlekewy Dean
  • Publication number: 20140000866
    Abstract: A pumping assembly includes a hydraulic pump having a hydraulic ram tied to a reciprocating annular piston having a central bore. When the annular piston moves in an upward direction, the hydraulic ram moves toward an extended position extending from the housing. When the annular piston moves in a downward direction, the hydraulic ram moves toward a retracted position retracted within the housing. A polish rod extends up through the central bore of the annular piston and is held in position by a polish rod clamp positioned on top of the hydraulic ram. The polish rod moves with the hydraulic ram. Other pumping systems, devices, and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2013
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Applicant: 1238585 ALBERTA LTD.
    Inventor: Perry L. St. Denis
  • Publication number: 20130306303
    Abstract: An “INTEGRATED DRIVING HEAD FOR PROGRESSIVE CAVITY PUMPS USED IN OIL EXTRACTION” composed of a gear box provided with a single pair of gears (6) for transmission between the motor (1) and the polished rod (7), so that the lubricating oil tank (14) of the brake (2) and of the pair of gears (6) is single, wherein the top bearings (17) are composed of solid grease, and the lock (11) is composed of screws (18).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicant: FRESADORA SANT'ANA LTDA.
    Inventor: Roberto PERRACINI
  • Patent number: 8573309
    Abstract: The present invention comprises a downhole unit that includes at least one plunger and that uses a power fluid to recover production fluid from a well. The downhole unit recovers production fluid and brings it to the surface of the well during both the downward and upward motion of the at least one plunger. The downhole unit can also optionally dispose of unwanted fluids in a formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Inventor: Eugene Darrell Simmons
  • Patent number: 8550218
    Abstract: A brake actuator has a motor that provides input rotation in first and second directions. A reducer couples to the motor and reduces the input rotation into an output rotation to be applied to a brake screw of a progressive cavity pump drive. A sensor measures rotational speed of the drive shaft. In manual operation, an operator can view an indication of the rotational speed and can manually operate the motor accordingly to control rotation of the shaft. In automated operation, a controller automatically controls the motor based on the rotational speed measured by the sensor. The controller can also use a torque sensor to detect the torque applied to the brake screw, a displacement sensor to detect displacement of the brake screw, and/or a current sensor to detect the current consumption of the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Weatherford Industria e Comecio Ltda.
    Inventors: Jorge Robles Villa, Eduardo Perdomini Lara
  • Publication number: 20130255933
    Abstract: An oil-pumping system includes a pumping-well unit, a controller composed of a main control circuit, a power converter, a current sensor and a position sensor, a switched reluctance motor mounted at the pumping-well unit and electrically coupled to the controller, a casing connected to the pumping-well unit, an oil suction pipe mounted in the casing, a pumping rod disposed in the oil suction pipe and connected to the switched reluctance motor, and a screw pump connected to the pumping rod in the oil suction pipe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Inventor: KUEI-HSIEN SHEN
  • Patent number: 8523543
    Abstract: A pumping assembly includes a well head with a radial flow channel for pumped fluids. A spacer stand is secured to the well head. A hydraulic pump is provided with a housing secured to the spacer stand. The hydraulic pump has a hydraulic ram tied to a reciprocating annular piston having a central bore. When the annular piston moves in an upward direction the hydraulic ram moves toward an extended position extending from the housing. When the annular piston moves in a downward direction, the hydraulic ram moves toward a retracted position retracted within the housing. A polish rod extends up through the central bore of the annular piston and is held in position by a polish rod clamp positioned on top of the hydraulic ram. The polish rod moves with the hydraulic ram.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: 1238585 Alberta Ltd.
    Inventor: Perry L. St. Denis
  • Patent number: 8496050
    Abstract: Arrangement for the lifting of hydrocarbons in oil field wells, comprising a lifting assembly formed by a fluid collecting hose and a fluid suction tube within the well casing. The suction tube extends along the collecting hose, which has an open upper end, through which passes the upper section of the suction tube, which has an end attached to the pulling cable of the “collecting hose/suction tube” assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Optimol Technologies
    Inventor: Juan Carlos Marie Arlandis
  • Patent number: 8439658
    Abstract: A progressing cavity pump assembly utilizes a reinforced upper section of the stator rubber helix. The pump stator is located at the end of a string of tubing. The reinforced upper section of the stator rubber helix is strong enough, whether reinforced by mechanical means or by strengthening the rubber matrix chemically, so as not to allow the passage of a stop located above or on the top of the pump rotor. The rotor is lowered on a string of rods until the stop above or on top of the rotor lands onto the reinforced upper section of the stator rubber helix. The rotor is then repositioned away from the stator helix a predetermined distance before pump operation begins with rod string rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventor: Nicholas D. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20130105156
    Abstract: A method of pumping production fluid from a wellbore includes deploying a centrifugal pump into a production wellbore; and pumping hydrocarbons from the production wellbore by rotating an impeller of the centrifugal pump in the production wellbore from surface using a drive string, wherein the impeller is rotated at a speed less than or equal to seventeen hundred fifty revolutions per minute.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Applicant: Omedax Limited
    Inventor: Omedax Limited
  • Patent number: 8418770
    Abstract: A valve system has a main valve that is adjustable for output flow and pressure. The system also includes an output flow transducer, an output pressure transducer, and a fluid depth transducer. A microcontroller is operatively coupled to the valve, the output flow transducer, the output pressure transducer, and the fluid depth transducer. The microcontroller operates the valve to selectively control the output flow, the output pressure, and the fluid depth according to inputs received from a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: OCV Control Valves
    Inventor: Paul T. Pettit
  • Patent number: 8414776
    Abstract: A sucker-rod pumping system includes diametrically charged rare earth magnets having significant monopolar character mounted on the rod string and, optionally, within a magnet barrel below the pump barrel. The magnets are jacketed to preclude contact with crude petroleum. The magnets subject the petroleum to a significant magnetic flux to substantially preclude precipitation of paraffins and asphaltenes with a minimum of retrofit to existing equipment and without substantially altering the operation of the rod string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: RFG Technology Partners LLC
    Inventor: John T. Hale
  • Patent number: 8408304
    Abstract: A bearing for a wellbore tool includes a flow device. The flow device may be a pump such as a positive displacement pump or a hydrodynamic pump. In arrangements, a pump stator connects to a wellbore wall. A pump rotor rotates with a drilling motor, and/or a drill string. Rotation of the pump rotor may generate a pressure differential to displace the fluid. The pump may be configured to flow fluid across a gap between a rotating section and a non-rotating section of the bearing. The fluid may be drawn from a wellbore annulus and also returned into the wellbore annulus. The bearing may support thrust loadings and/or a radial loadings. In embodiments, inserts in the bearing may be used to filter the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Olof Hummes, Bernd Santelmann, Sven Kruger
  • Patent number: 8347954
    Abstract: An intermittent lift plunger includes at least one seal mandrel, a bottom sub and an upper valve assembly. The valve assembly is closed by a well bottom stop which inserts into the lift plunger and opened by a lubricator stop at the top of the well. The seal mandrel includes a sleeve seal formed from an elastomeric rubber or plastic, which inflates to engage the well bore surface when the valve is closed and a pressure differential exists.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Stellarton Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Amies, Grant George, Jordan James, Geoff Steele
  • Patent number: 8336631
    Abstract: A method of pumping an oilfield fluid from a well surface to a wellbore is provided that includes providing a clean stream; operating one or more clean pumps to pump the clean stream from the well surface to the wellbore; providing a dirty stream including a solid material disposed in a fluid carrier; and operating one or more dirty pumps to pump the dirty stream from the well surface to the wellbore, wherein the clean stream and the dirty stream together form said oilfield fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Rod Shampine, Paul Dwyer, Ronnie Stover, Mike Lloyd, Jean-Louis Pessin, Edward Leugemors, Larry D. Welch, Joe Hubenschmidt, Philippe Gambier, William Huey Troy, Thomas Allan
  • Patent number: 8316928
    Abstract: A drive means for downhole use comprises an input shaft and an output shaft, the input shaft being coupled to a means of rotation, the input shaft and the output shaft being torsionally coupled, the output shaft being coupled to the rotor of the progressive cavity pump, the input shaft lies in a first axis and the output shaft lies in a second axis, the second axis being parallel to the first axis but spaced from it so that the output shaft rotates about its axis while describing a circular path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Artificial Lift Company Limited
    Inventor: Philip Head
  • Patent number: 8297362
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for supplying natural gas from a well operating under vacuum conditions by extracting, storing and communicating it to a natural gas-fired piece of oil field equipment is provided. The apparatus has a pump associated with a pump jack for extracting natural gas. The apparatus communicates natural gas to a volume tank and stores it until it needed by a natural gas-fired piece of oil field equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: HighMount Exploration & Production LLC
    Inventors: Larry K. Strider, Brennan K. Wyatt, David C. Hayworth, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8276658
    Abstract: This invention relates to a downhole hydraulic pump for hydrocarbon wells that is installed and operated using coiled tubing. The downhole hydraulic pump is driven by a hydraulic power system positioned at the surface and connected through a closed loop system using multiple channels of the coiled tubing. The coiled tubing is formed of a combination of channels including strength component such as steel and having one channel that is at least lined with a non-metallic corrosion resistant surface where clean hydraulic fluid is carried from the hydraulic power system to the downhole hydraulic pump through the non-metallic corrosion resistant channel so to be less likely to pick up manufacturing and environmental particulates and corrosion by-products within the channel carrying the hydraulic fluid to the downhole hydraulic pump. The non-metallic corrosion resistant lined channel may comprise plastic pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: ConocoPhillips Company
    Inventors: James C. Cox, Dennis R. Wilson, Christine A. Buczek, John C. Patterson, Thomas E. Nations, Curtis G. Blount
  • Publication number: 20120237380
    Abstract: A backspin retarder for a progressive cavity pump deploys on the drive string uphole from a pump unit. The backspin retarder has a shaft that connects to portions of the drive string. An impeller disposes on the shaft and can move axially and radially. In an unengaged condition, the impeller and shaft can rotate relative to one another so the drive string can rotate in a drive direction without impediment from the impeller. In an engaged condition, the impeller rotates with the shaft in a backspin direction. In this way, vanes on the impeller can retard the backspin of the shaft and drive string by attempting to force the lifted fluid column flowing downhole past the impeller back uphole. The retarder can use a pin and slot arrangement or an arrangement of engageable teeth to engage the impeller to the rotation of the shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2011
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Applicant: Weatherford/Lamb, Inc.
    Inventor: Jorge Robles-Villa
  • Patent number: 8235107
    Abstract: A hydraulic oil well pumping arrangement employs a compensating type hydraulic pump, a directional valving arrangement and a proportioning valving arrangement. When the directional valve is energized, oil is directed to the rod end of the hydraulic cylinder. The rod or piston part of the hydraulic cylinder will then elevate until a first limit switch is actuated which then will de-energize the directional valve and send a current signal to the proportional valve. This current signal to the proportional valve forces it to open to a point at which the cylinder rod would extend at the desired velocity until it reaches a second limit switch. The second limit switch is near the bottom (for example, 1 foot, or 0.30 meters) of travel of the rod or piston. The current signal to the proportional valve is then decreased, creating a choking arrangement that forces the cylinder rod to decelerate. The cylinder rod then reaches another limit switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Lufkin Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A. Fesi, Willard J. Lapeyrouse, Kenneth H. Vincent
  • Patent number: 8136586
    Abstract: Various methods and devices are provided for securing a walking beam compressor to a walking beam. In general, the walking beam compressor is a gas compressor unit that can be disposed around a piston rod extending from a walking beam of an oil well. The piston rod can be coupled to the walking beam by a securing mechanism that engages both the piston rod and the walking beam to prevent the piston rod from disengaging from the walking beam during rocking movement of the walking beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Oil Flow USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Ward S. Merrick, III
  • Patent number: 8132618
    Abstract: A system comprises a progressive cavity pump including a helical rotor disposed within a mating stator. In addition, the system comprises a rod string having a longitudinal axis, a first end, and a second end coupled to the rotor. Further, the system comprises a rotation retarding device coupled to the first end of the rod string, wherein the rotation retarding device retards the rotation of the rod string relative to the stator. Still further, the system comprises a lifting device coupled to the rotation retarding device, wherein the lifting device is operable to apply an axial lifting force to the rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: National Oilwell Varco, L.P.
    Inventor: Denis J. Blaquiere
  • Patent number: 8118089
    Abstract: An improved delivery system for pumping fluid from a pay zone to the surface of a well consisting of a pump situated near the pay zone of the well, a drive head at the surface of the well and a rod string connecting the two, wherein a transmission is interposed between the pump and drive head on the rod string and fluid pumped from the pay zone passes through conduits, extending longitudinally in isolation through the transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Harrier Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: William Bruce Morrow
  • Patent number: 8066496
    Abstract: A reciprocated pump positioned at the lower end of a string of tubing in a bore hole that provides a passageway for moving formation fluid to the earth's surface, including a pump barrel supported in communication with the tubing and a standing valve at the lower end thereof providing a first passageway through which formation fluid flows into the pump barrel, the pump barrel having an intermediate vent port providing a second entry passageway, and a tubular plunger reciprocated within the barrel and having an upper and a lower portion with a plurality of non-metallic seal rings separated by metallic spacers received on the plunger upper portion and configured to support a column of formation fluid within the tubing to substantially isolate the portion of the barrel below the non-metallic seal rings from the tubing pressure to thereby allow formation fluid to move into the pump barrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Inventor: T. Leon Brown