Moving Tubing Or Cable Into An Existing Well Patents (Class 166/77.1)
  • Patent number: 9574411
    Abstract: A knee-joint mechanism for a folding gooseneck used in a coiled tubing unit, includes a main structure having a distal end pivotally attached thereto, the knee-joint mechanism including an articulated member attached between the main structure and the pivotally attached distal end of the gooseneck, the articulated member having a joint, and a cylinder attached between the main structure and the articulated member. The arm of the cylinder is extended to push the joint of the articulated member to an over-center position, thereby locking the articulated member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Premier Coil Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Randall Dean Behrens
  • Patent number: 9045947
    Abstract: A subsea winch is described. The subsea winch comprises a housing adapted to be attached to a well intervention system, the housing having an inlet and an outlet and at least one powered sheave arranged between the inlet and the outlet, the or each powered sheave having a surface adapted to form a frictional engagement with a cable passing between the inlet and the outlet via the at least one sheave. In use, a pull force pulling the cable in a downhole direction applied to the cable by a tool string being lowered into the well intervention system is increased by the winch such that the downhole pull force on the cable at the housing inlet is greater than the downhole pull force at the housing outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: ENOVATE SYSTEMS LIMITED
    Inventors: Jeffrey Charles Edwards, Michael Graham Morgan
  • Publication number: 20150144357
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are disclosed concerning an injector apparatus, comprising: an upper injector coupled to a frame, wherein the upper injector has an upper injector passage; a lower injector coupled the frame, wherein the lower injector has a lower injector passage; wherein the upper injector and the lower injector are substantially axially aligned; and a work window between the upper injector and the lower injector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard J. Hampson, John William Foubister, Ian David Corney
  • Patent number: 9033003
    Abstract: A device for vibrating tubing as it is inserted into a wellbore is disclosed. The device has a fluidic switch that has no moving parts. The fluidic switch is connected to a piston that oscillates back and forth in a cylinder. The piston is the only moving part. As the piston oscillates, it blocks and unblocks openings in the cylinder or other components. The movement of the piston controls the timing of the oscillation, and also generates an impulse or vibration. The vibration may reduce the friction between the tubing and the wellbore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Robert Standen, Douglas James Brunskill
  • Publication number: 20150083439
    Abstract: A system for stick mitigation of a cable in a well includes a derrick operatively aligned with a well. The derrick supports a cable and a cable injector. The cable injector is operatively aligned with the well and the cable, and the cable injector is disengaged during normal operations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Joseph Varkey
  • Publication number: 20150075786
    Abstract: A joint for disposing between a rotatable drum and stationary surface equipment. The joint serves as a channel through which optical data from a well access line may be routed through the rotating drum and to the stationary equipment for processing. The optical data may be routed in a manner that allows for multi-fiber transmissions with one fiber dedicated to uphole transmissions and another dedicated to downhole transmissions. This is achieved through embodiments of the joint in spite of the separate optical channels involved sharing the same central axis to allow for data transfer between moving and stationary joint components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Kalim Ullah
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20150060045
    Abstract: A pipe handling system for locating a pipe joint in a joining assembly that includes an internal joining tool and an external joining tool is provided. The system includes a gripper configured to grip a surface of the pipe joint; an elevator configured to pick up the pipe joint and position the pipe joint adjacent a string of pipe disposed in the external joining tool; and a deployment assembly coupled to the gripper, wherein the deployment assembly includes a cable that is used to position the internal joining tool inside the pipe joint.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Karsten HEIDECKE, Michael HAYES, Frederick T. TILTON, Doyle Fredric BOUTWELL, JR., Robert P. BADRAK, Joseph Ross RIALS, David J. HAVENS
  • Publication number: 20150047858
    Abstract: A system for deploying cable that includes a housing. The housing is configured to receive circulating lubricant, and a drive assembly is located within the housing. The drive assembly includes a first gripper portion and a second gripper portion. The grips portions are supported by independent frames. An actuator is connected with one of the frames. The actuator provides force that causes the gripper portions to engage and cooperate to support and deploy cable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: Joseph Varkey, Vadim Protasov, William Yount
  • Publication number: 20150047840
    Abstract: A technique facilitates deflecting a tubing string into a desired branch of a surrounding tubular structure. A deflector assembly is provided with a deflector tube, an orienting member, and a latching feature, such as latch dogs which are circumferentially disposed on the deflector tube in an asymmetrical pattern. The deflector assembly may be moved within the outer tubular structure, e.g. wellbore tubing, to a desired junction. The deflector tube and the latching feature are then oriented in an alignment sleeve of the surrounding tubular structure by moving the orienting member along a profile within the outer tubular structure. The latching feature is able to securely latch at the selected junction. The latching feature may use a pattern of latch dogs which matches a corresponding asymmetrical pattern of latch openings in the alignment sleeve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventor: José F. Hurtado
  • Patent number: 8955602
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a drilling and tripping equipment package and control scheme and methods using two or more systems that operate simultaneously and continuously in a synchronized manner such that the feeding of tubulars into or out of a well bore is achieved with continuous or near continuous movement, without the need for periodic interruptions. The drilling and tripping equipment package and control scheme is also able to rotate the tubulars in the well bore with continuous speed and torque sufficient for both drilling and back-reaming operations. The drilling and tripping equipment package and control scheme is additionally able to circulate drilling fluid into the internal bore of the tubulars with sufficient pressure and flow to facilitate both drilling and back-reaming operations, with minimal interruption to circulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: LeTourneau Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Rick Pilgrim
  • Patent number: 8950475
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus to guide a tubular member are described herein. The apparatus includes a bore with a longitudinal axis extending therethrough and configured to support a tubular member, the apparatus having a first opening formed at a first side thereof, a second opening formed at a second side thereof, and an inner wall extending from the first opening to the second opening. The apparatus further includes a first guiding member disposed adjacent to the first opening of the bowl and a second guiding member disposed adjacent to the second opening of the bowl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Frank's International, LLC
    Inventors: Jeremy Richard Angelle, Donald E. Mosing, Robert Thibodeaux, Jr., Blaine Stephen LaFleur, John Erick Stelly
  • Publication number: 20150034297
    Abstract: In one aspect the invention provides a support structure for use on a rig floor and for supporting a unit used to manipulate tubular components through a wellhead, the support structure comprises a first section, a second section and a central passage of sufficient diameter to allow passage of the tubular components therethrough. When the first section and the second section are assembled together, said sections together are suitable to support said unit used to manipulate tubular components through a wellhead.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: Brian TUCKEN
  • Patent number: 8944158
    Abstract: A pipe clamp mechanism and method for use with a pipe arm retracts beneath two laterally positioned pipe guide surfaces in a retracted position to allow a pipe to roll laterally into a pipe receptacle on the pipe arm along either of the two pipe guide surfaces. After at least one pipe is positioned within the pipe receptacle, then the pipe clamp utilizes one or more pipe clamps which extend outwardly of the pipe guide surfaces to clamp the pipe into the pipe receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Superior Energy Services-North America Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark J. Flusche
  • Publication number: 20150027733
    Abstract: A shoulder elevator having a gated pipe opening, is disclosed. The elevator has a ringed body having unclosed sector creating an opening for receiving a pipe within the body ring. Pivotally mounted gates positioned on opposite sides of the unclosed, sector of the ringed body, move in unison to an open and partially close the unclosed sector of the ringed body around the pipe in response to pipe contact with rearward end of the gates. A lever is provided to manually pivot the gates to an open and closed position around a pipe. Lifting lugs or ears are provided to attach the elevator to the lifting links of a hoist.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventor: David L. Sipos
  • Publication number: 20150027727
    Abstract: A displacement assistance device can include at least two flow paths in fluid communication with a flow passage, and a blocking member that blocks flow through each flow path in response to the flow through that flow path. A method of assisting displacement of a tubular string can include installing the tubular string, then discharging a blocking member into the tubular string, and flowing a fluid through a flow passage extending longitudinally through a displacement assistance device connected in the tubular string, thereby causing the member to repeatedly block flow through at least two flow paths in succession. A system can include a displacement assistance device connected in a tubular string, the device including at least two flow paths in communication with a flow passage extending through the tubular string, and a blocking member that alternately blocks flow through the flow paths in response to flow through the flow passage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Stanley V. STEPHENSON, Jim B. SURJAATMADJA
  • Patent number: 8939199
    Abstract: A system for positioning a trailer mounted coiled tubing tensioner either in a first stowed position on the deck of a transport trailer or in a second position resting on an elevated rig floor of a drilling rig is described. The system for selectably elevating a coiled tubing tensioner from its first stowed position to its second position on the rig floor of a drilling rig includes the cooperative operation of the coiled tubing tensioner and its frame, multiple pivotable swing arms attached to the trailer at one end and the tensioner frame at the other end, an elevatable mast, a crown block, a drawworks winch, a top drive, a pair of tensioner lifting winches and multiple lifting lines deployed from the mast and reeved through sheaves mounted on the tensioner frame and the top drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: RRI Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Tommie C. Gipson
  • Patent number: 8936098
    Abstract: A casing annulus remediation hose assembly having a hose with an inlet in selective fluid communication with a fluid supply and an exit connected to a nozzle. On the nozzle is an insertion tip for facilitating insertion and retrieval of the hose assembly in and out of an annulus in a wellhead assembly. The insertion tip has an outer annular flexible housing that is coaxially attached to the nozzle and spherical weighted members arranged in series in the housing. A cable extends coaxially from a downstream end of the nozzle and through each weighted member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Vetco Gray Inc.
    Inventors: James J. Howell, Mahesha Udipi, Mark Viator, Eugene Borak, David Comeaux
  • Publication number: 20150013992
    Abstract: A top entry wireline apparatus with a roller chain configuration for inserting a manipulating an electrical conduit into a wellbore and a method of using the same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: Canrig Drilling Technology Ltd.
    Inventors: Chance E. Mann, Ronald E. Haws
  • Publication number: 20150000894
    Abstract: A pipe gripping assembly includes, among other components, a fluid conducting swivel, a fluid-powered linear actuator and a pipe gripping assembly. The linear actuator has a central rod mounted within a multi-stage, segmented barrel assembly. Each barrel segment acts as a piston, with control fluid forces being transmitted to the barrel assembly to selectively extend or retract the barrel assembly in order to engage or disengage the pipe gripping assembly. By aggregating such force, the total combined force generated by the barrel piston assemblies, the actuator assembly of the present invention can operate using pneumatic control fluid, and can operate at much lower control fluid pressures than other actuators.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: PREMIERE, INC.
    Inventor: KRIS HENDERSON
  • Patent number: 8915302
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for installing control lines and pipe into a well. The pipe-holding spider that is normally mounted on the rig floor is adapted for easy disassembly and reassembly when the pipe slips within the spider are not engaged with the outer surface of the pipe string so that upon disassembly, a control line guide becomes vertically movable. The control line guide is adapted for being controllably elevated to a distance above the rig floor, thereby providing personnel access to a portion of the length of the pipe string below the elevated control line guide and above the rig floor for securing control line to the pipe string using a fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Frank's International, LLC
    Inventors: Charles Michael Webre, Vernon J. Bouligny, Jr., Brian David Begnaud, Mark Stephen Sibille
  • Patent number: 8893772
    Abstract: A modular pipe gripping assembly has a universal actuator assembly having a control fluid swivel. An external pipe gripping assembly can be attached to the actuator assembly for gripping the external surface of a section of pipe. Alternatively, the external pipe gripping assembly can be quickly and easily removed and replaced with an internal pipe gripping assembly for gripping the internal surface of a section of pipe. Control fluid pressure is trapped within the actuator assembly, but relieved from a fluid swivel, permitting high speed rotation of the modular pipe gripping assembly and preserving swivel seal life.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventors: Kris Henderson, Lee J. Matherne, Jr., Lee M. Robichaux
  • Patent number: 8887800
    Abstract: A coil tubing rig (12) is supported on a carrier trailer (24) in transit and during rig operations. A plurality of a hydraulic tracks (30), (32) each connected to the carrier trailer may be activated to raise and lower the carrier trailer from the loading position to a rig operating position. A dolly assembly including a plurality of wheels supports the carrier trailer during transit, and hydraulic jacks both incline the carrier trailer to a rig loading/unloading position such that a front end of the carrier trailer is substantially at ground level, and raise the rig to a desired elevation for conducting rig operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Xtreme Drilling and Coil Services Corp
    Inventors: Richard D. Havinga, Reginald Layden
  • Publication number: 20140332236
    Abstract: A coiled tubing injector unit insert assembly includes a gripping insert configured to be coupled to a carrier block, the insert comprising a tongue with a first cutout configured to engage a shaft extending within a carrier block pocket, the shaft having a first diameter portion and a second larger diameter portion and a junction between the two shaft diameters that is located within the carrier block pocket to couple the gripping insert to the carrier block.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: Premier Coil Solutions
    Inventor: Do Seo PARK
  • Publication number: 20140318814
    Abstract: A wireline pressure control apparatus for use in an oil or gas well, comprising a grease injector having first and second tubes (10) and a bore (12), and a grease injection channel in communication with the bore for injecting grease between the outer surface of the wireline and the inner surface of the bore. The bore (12) has radial passages (15) at spaced apart locations providing a leak path for fluids between the inner surface of the bore and the outer surface of the tubes, allowing pressure to equalise. The radial passages are in fluid communication with one another outwith the bore.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventors: Carl Wood, Runi Joensen, Christopher McLaren, John Craig
  • Patent number: 8863830
    Abstract: An embodiment of a pressure control assembly for a wireline cable disposed in a wellbore comprises a housing frame, at least a pair of sealing devices disposed in the housing, the sealing devices defining an aperture for a cable to pass therethrough and a chamber therebetween, and a lubricant recirculation system for injecting and recirculating a lubricant into the chamber, the assembly operable to lubricate the cable and seal the cable, and maintain a predetermined pressure within the housing frame while the cable is disposed therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph Varkey, Vadim Protasov, Jushik Yun
  • Patent number: 8863371
    Abstract: A system for aligning and connecting components including a support structure and a measuring apparatus coupled to the support structure. The measuring apparatus is arranged to spatially analyze a first tubular component with respect to a second tubular component for determining an adjustment vector therebetween. An alignment apparatus is coupled to the support structure and in data communication with the measuring apparatus. The alignment apparatus includes a plurality of actuators operatively arranged in parallel for moving at least one of the first or second tubular components relative to the other for coaxially arranging the first and second tubular components in accordance with the adjustment vector. A connection apparatus is coupled to the support structure and operatively arranged for connecting the first and second tubular components together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Dominik Brouwer, Joerg Lehr, Berend Denkena, Hans-Christian Möhring, Kai Litwinski
  • Patent number: 8839854
    Abstract: A top drive system for wellbore operations and method for facilitating rotation thereof. The system includes a main body and a motor, preferably a salient pole motor. A motor shaft extends from the motor and a gear system is driven by the shaft and interconnected with a drive shaft. The gear system has a housing and a bearing retainer integral with the housing and is driven by the motor apparatus so that driving the gear system drives the drive shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: National Oilwell Varco, L.P.
    Inventors: Bastiaan De Jong, Arthur William Braman, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8833471
    Abstract: A fill up tool includes a mandrel; a primary sealing member disposed around the mandrel; and a selectively operable secondary sealing member activated by rotation of the mandrel. In another embodiment, the selectively operable secondary sealing member is activated using hydraulic pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Weatherford/Lamb, Inc.
    Inventors: Jimmy Duane Wiens, Yury P. Gutsu, Benson Thomas, Karsten Heidecke, Jim Hollingsworth, Doyle Fredric Boutwell, Jr., Rodney Stephens, Russell W. Thompson, Patrick James Zimmerman
  • Publication number: 20140231076
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods to cut a control line and/or to run a control line on a rig may include a movable cutting apparatus to cut a control line, a load transfer member to engage a control line, a load measuring device to measure a load imparted to a load transfer member, and a drive member to engage and drive a control line. The apparatuses and methods may be used with a control line positioning apparatus, a pipe engaging apparatus, and/or may be used by themselves.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: FRANK'S CASING CREW AND RENTAL TOOLS, INC.
    Inventor: Dougal Hugo Brown
  • Patent number: 8807208
    Abstract: A method for using a power swivel with tilt capable of being tilted to any angle up to an adjustable maximum tilt angle. The method allows adjusting the tilting power swivel's angle of tilt to line up with pipe staged at various angles as required by different rigs. The method allows for adjusting the maximum extension of the tilt cylinder, and further allows the power swivel to be repeatedly positioned at a desired angle for the duration of a job. The method requires the addition of only one hydraulic fluid supply hose, thereby allowing a simple live hose reel with four hoses. The method for using a power swivel with tilt promotes safety, efficiency, and saves time by eliminating the need for a stabbing man hanging in the derrick.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventor: Larry G. Keast
  • Patent number: 8807225
    Abstract: An embodiment of a method of deploying a cable into a wellbore penetrating a subterranean formation comprises providing a cable, wherein the cable comprises at least one insulated conductor, at least one armor wire layer surrounding the insulated conductor, a polymeric material disposed in interstitial spaces formed between armor wires forming the at least one armor wire layer, and interstitial spaces formed between the at least one armor wire layer and insulated conductor, the polymeric material forming a continuously bonded layer which separates and encapsulates the armor wires forming the at least one armor wire layer, and whereby the polymeric material is extended to form a smooth polymeric jacket around the at least one armor wire layer, introducing the cable into a wellbore and performing at least one operation in the wellbore utilizing the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph Varkey, Byong Jun Kim, Garud Sridhar, Wayne Fulin, Noor F. Sait, Matthew Billingham, Andrea Sbordone
  • Patent number: 8807207
    Abstract: A remote controlled tilting power swivel capable of being tilted to any angle up to an adjustable maximum tilt angle. The tilting power swivel angle of tilt can be adjusted to line up with pipe staged at various angles as required by different rigs. Adjusting the maximum extension of the tilt cylinder allows the power swivel to repeat a desired angle for the duration of a job. The system requires the addition of only one hydraulic fluid supply hose, thereby allowing a simple live hose reel with four hoses. The tilting power swivel promotes safety, efficiency, and saves time by eliminating the need for a stabbing man hanging in the derrick.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventor: Larry G. Keast
  • Publication number: 20140216735
    Abstract: Example embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to measurement and control systems and methods of improved spooling accuracy. Specifically, the systems and method disclosed herein provide techniques for accurately monitoring the depth of a sandline in a wellbore through sensing spool rotation, and controlling certain aspects of the spooling and/or producing certain notifications when the depth is above or below a certain threshold. Thus, the spool can be operated with increased diligence when it gets close to the wellhead. In certain example embodiments, the depth of the sandline is measured based at least partially on the number of spool rotations, compensating for decreasing length of sandline per layer of sandline on the spool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: KEY ENERGY SERVICES, LLC
    Inventors: Brandon S. Bell, David E. Lord, Rodney W. Hollums, Roger P. Burke
  • Patent number: 8776898
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a tubular handling apparatus is provided with a wedge lock release mechanism that creates a clearance to allow movement by the mandrel having mating wedge surfaces relative to the tubular to release the wedge slips. In another embodiment, a tubular handling apparatus for handling a tubular includes a mandrel; a carrier coupled to the mandrel; a gripping element for engaging the tubular; an engagement member coupled to the carrier for engaging an upper portion of the tubular; and an abutment device adapted to engage the engagement member, wherein a length of the abutment device is adjustable to allow movement of the engagement member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Weatherford/Lamb, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Liess, Bernd-Georg Pietras
  • Patent number: 8770272
    Abstract: A well servicing system includes a frame adapted to mount to a pipe handling system that includes a hanger adapted to guide a load coupled to a cable towards a wellhead, where the load exerts at least a portion of a tensile force on the cable; and a winch including a drum and a brake. The brake is adapted to control rotational motion of the drum to spool a portion of the cable over the drum and set the drum to substantially prevent rotational motion of the drum. The well servicing system also includes a hydraulic piston-cylinder coupled to a sheave. The piston is adapted to stroke into or out of the cylinder when the tensile force exceeds a desired load when the drum is set to substantially prevent rotational motion to spool the cable from the drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Thurman Harrell
  • Patent number: 8770275
    Abstract: A high-pressure casing fill-up and circulating assembly and method of use is disclosed. The fill and circulating assembly, when inserted into the uppermost portion of the casing, will allow the casing to be filled while each section of casing is added. In one configuration there can be a cup type seal that seals in the casing simply by inserting the circulator into the casing. In yet another configuration the casing circulator portion can be anchored in the casing by manipulating the setting apparatus of the circulator thus anchoring the circulator to the casing and a settable seal unit will be energized to seal between the casing and the circulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventor: Albert A. Mullins
  • Patent number: 8763683
    Abstract: A control circuit for a coiled tubing injector includes a circuit controller (14). One or more counterbalance vales (3) may be responsive to the circuit controller to prevent the tubing string from descending into the wellbore during rate of penetration movement. In one embodiment, a control valve (4) allows fluid to flow through a bypass line around the counterbalance valves when drilling in a weight-on-bit mode. Other hydraulic control circuits allow for the release of fluid pressure to control the injector hydraulic motor. In yet another embodiment, the control circuit regulates power to an electric motor of the injector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Xtreme Drilling and Coil Services Corp.
    Inventor: Richard Havinga
  • Publication number: 20140174716
    Abstract: A petroleum well intervention winch system includes a high pressure confining housing for a drum for a rope to a tool string. The pressure confining housing has a connector with an aperture for the rope to a top of a tool string gate chamber on vertical bore BOP valves on a wellhead on the petroleum well. The rope runs through the aperture via a capstan to the drum. The capstan is driven by a first motor through a first high pressure proof magnetic coupling across a wall of the housing. The drum is driven by a second motor through a second high pressure proof magnetic coupling across the wall of the housing. The capstan is subject to a load tension from the rope and is provided with a hold tension on the rope from the drum. The second motor exerts a constant hold tension on the rope via the drum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: CAPWELL AS
    Inventors: Morten Talgø, John Helvik
  • Patent number: 8757251
    Abstract: A multi-function machine for drilling, boring, driving and lifting comprising a translation system (2) which supports a turret (3) motorized and provided with driving cab. A lattice tower type arm is hinged to the frame of the turret and movable between substantially raised and inclined positions. In at least a first configuration the arm is used as a lifting arm. The free upper end of the arm has a head (9) having a system of pulleys and/or transmissions for rope (10). The arm (4) can rotate with respect to the turret (3) to acquire a second configuration of mounting/transport wherein its longitudinal axis is substantially horizontally arranged and turned over toward the front. Ropes and rods are provided (14,16) for bringing the arm from the first to the second configuration and vice-versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Soilmec S.p.A.
    Inventors: Alessandro Ditillo, Stefano Massari
  • Publication number: 20140166270
    Abstract: A system and method for positioning equipment on a track system where the equipment may descend a wireline or a cable into a borehole for well logging. The equipment may be a drum unit for storing, deploying and retracting the cable, a winch, a dancer unit and an auxiliary power supply. The equipment may be positioned with the track system for either operations or transport. The cable may be threaded through the equipment to descend into the borehole for well logging purposes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph Varkey, Barry Lee Schuler, Jeffrey Joseph Kamps
  • Patent number: 8752617
    Abstract: A system is provided for drilling and/or servicing a well bore using continuous lengths of coiled tubing in which a turntable assembly rotates a coiled tubing reel assembly and a counter balance system about the well bore such that the coiled tubing is rotated while in the wellbore. A coiled tubing injector may be provided on a separate turntable assembly or on the same turntable assembly as the reel assembly. A swivel support assembly may be provided for managing operation lines associated with the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Reel Revolution Holdings Limited
    Inventors: Terence Borst, Dudley J. Perio, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8752618
    Abstract: The invention relates to apparatus (10) for handling bulky articles (such as a PLET or ILT (12)) on a deck (14) of a vessel at sea. The apparatus (10) includes a cradle (16) which supports the bulky article (12?), first translational movement means (32 42, 46) provided between the deck (14) and the cradle (16) and second translational movement means (20, 31, 35, 37) moveable along the deck (14). The first translational movement means allows the bulky article (12) to be moved from a storage area and transferred to the second translational movement means, and the second translational movement means allows the bulky article (12) on its cradle (16) to be moved toward an operational location (F). An actuator (26) is also provided between the deck (14) and the cradle (16), in order to adjust the orientation of the bulky article (12) relative to the deck (14), when in the operational position. A method of handling bulky articles on a deck of a vessel at sea is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Sunsea 7 Contracting (UK) Limited
    Inventor: Jean-Baptiste Pose
  • Patent number: 8733433
    Abstract: A spool for deploying and retrieving multiple separate strings of continuous tubing, such as over the side of or through the moon pool of a boat, rig or other vessel, without the need of an injector head. The spool has at least one rotating swivel to permit pumping of fluid(s) down, or back up, tubing strings while the spool is rotating or stationary. A level-wind assembly having at least one sheave directs the continuous tubing overboard, but also level-winds the tubing onto the spool in an orderly fashion through lateral movement of the sheave. The system is powered by a hydraulic power unit with a remote control console.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventor: Robert A. Coles
  • Patent number: 8733434
    Abstract: In some embodiments, apparatus connectable between a top drive system and a tool useful in connection with a hydrocarbon exploration or production well includes a rotatable barrel, a non-rotating upper housing engageable with the top drive system, a rotatable lower housing engageable with the tool and a non-rotating communication ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventor: Stewart John Barker
  • Patent number: 8726983
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus log an underbalanced open hole well without killing the well or causing formation damage to maintain well control during the process. The installation of the well logging equipment is accomplished while holding the underbalanced open hole at its optimal pressure, then conveying the logging string on a drill string into the open hole portion to total depth and logging while removing the logging string from the total depth to be logged with a cable side entry sub. The invention also provides a unique configuration of equipment to accomplish the logging using what is normally referred to as tough logging condition techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Waqar Khan
  • Publication number: 20140131053
    Abstract: The invention provides a method and system for radially expanding a tubular element below a previous tubular element. The method includes: connecting a downhole section to an uphole section of the tubular element, the downhole section having a smaller diameter than the uphole section; bending a downhole end of the downhole section radially outward and in axially reverse direction to form a start expanded tubular section extending around an unexpanded part of the downhole section; arranging said start expanded tubular section at least partially within a downhole end of the previous tubular element; anchoring said start expanded tubular section to the previous tubular element; and increasing the length of an expanded tubular section of the tubular element by pushing an unexpanded tubular section downhole relative to said start expanded tubular section to expand the unexpanded tubular section by bending the wall of the unexpanded tubular section radially outward and in axially reverse direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Inventors: Petrus Cornelis Kriesels, Francesco Dalla Longa
  • Patent number: 8720541
    Abstract: A tubular handling apparatus including a tubular member running tool adapted to provide load-bearing, and preferably torquing, capacity upon the gripping of a tubular is provided. The running tool includes a slotted member having a plurality of elongated slots, a recessed member associated with the slotted member and having a plurality of recesses, and a plurality of gripping elements disposed between the slotted member and recessed member. Each such gripping element is adapted to move with an engaged tubular so as to grip the tubular. A tubular member elevator associated to the running tool, as well as related floor slips, are also encompassed. Methods of casing running are also included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignees: Canrig Drilling Technology Ltd., First Subsea Limited
    Inventors: Brian Ellis, Craig Weems, Faisal J. Yousef, Beat Küttel
  • Patent number: 8708055
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a tubular handling apparatus is provided with a wedge lock release mechanism that creates a clearance to allow movement by the mandrel having mating wedge surfaces relative to the tubular to release the wedge slips. In another embodiment, a tubular handling apparatus for handling a tubular includes a mandrel; a carrier coupled to the mandrel; a gripping element for engaging the tubular; an engagement member coupled to the carrier for engaging an upper portion of the tubular; and an abutment device adapted to engage the engagement member, wherein a length of the abutment device is adjustable to allow movement of the engagement member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Weatherford/Lamb, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Liess, Bernd-Georg Pietras
  • Patent number: RE45331
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for installing control lines and pipe into a well. The pipe-holding spider that is normally mounted on the rig floor is supported by a table elevated above the rig floor. Supporting the spider on an elevated table provides personnel with access to a portion of the length of the pipe string below the elevated spider and above the rig floor for applying a fastener to secure the control line to the pipe string. The control line is supplied from above the spider and is positioned by a control line guide supported on the spider or a sleeve to pass through the spider outside the path of the pipe gripping members, such as slips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Frank's International, LLC
    Inventors: Charles Michael Webre, Brian David Begnaud, Vernon Joseph Bouligny