Cap Having Transporting Means Or Ground Support Patents (Class 166/79.1)
  • Patent number: 9562412
    Abstract: Offshore and onshore oil well blowouts can bring serious environmental damages which can cause serious economic loses. Oil wells under blowout conditions can be gushing fluids for months before the well is capped and plugged. Placing a capping device on the top of the well head can be challenged. In this paper it is presented a detachable capping device and a method that will help to control the well, or to plug it. The gushing fluids will be redirect through pipe to a surface vessel where they will be collected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Inventors: Jorge Fernando Carrascal, Liliana Carrascal
  • Patent number: 9557104
    Abstract: A self contained, trailer mounted condensation collection system for an oil and gas well. The system has a condenser for cooling and condensing those oil well gases that can be condensed and a separator for separating the condensed portion from the non-condensable portion of the gas stream so that the condensed gases can be recovered as liquid hydrocarbons. The system is powered by the gas pressure from the well and operates without any outside utilities so that it can be used at new well sites where infrastructure has not been built to support the well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Breakthrough Engenuity, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Fred Smith, Will Dexter Ball, IV
  • Patent number: 9458671
    Abstract: A floating, offshore drilling and/or production platform is equipped with a rail-mounted transport system that can be positioned at a plurality of selected positions over the well bay of the vessel. The transport system can move a drilling riser with a drilling riser tensioner system and a blowout preventer from one drilling location to another without removing them from the well bay of the vessel. Using the transport system, the drilling riser is lifted just clear of a first well head and positioned over an adjacent, second well head using guidelines. The transport system may then move the upper end of the drilling riser (together with its attached tensioner and BOP) to a second drilling location. A dummy wellhead may be provided on the seafloor in order to secure the lower end of the drilling riser without removing it from the sea while production risers are being installed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Seahorse Equipment Corp
    Inventors: Travis Randall Jordan, Robert M. Kipp
  • Patent number: 9238943
    Abstract: A floating, offshore drilling and/or production platform is equipped with a rail-mounted transport system that can be positioned at a plurality of selected positions over the well bay of the vessel. The transport system can move a drilling riser with a drilling riser tensioner system and a blowout preventer from one drilling location to another without removing them from the well bay of the vessel. Using the transport system, the drilling riser is lifted just clear of a first well head and positioned over an adjacent, second well head using guidelines. The transport system may then move the upper end of the drilling riser (together with its attached tensioner and BOP) to a second drilling location. A dummy wellhead may be provided on the seafloor in order to secure the lower end of the drilling riser without removing it from the sea while production risers are being installed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: Seahorse Equipment Corp
    Inventors: Travis Randall Jordan, Robert M. Kipp
  • Patent number: 9217315
    Abstract: Subsea well template comprising a plurality of well slots arranged adjacent to a manifold reception space, said template comprising a plurality of template hatches for protection of well components, including a Xmas tree. Said hatches comprise at least a top protection cover and a side protection panel. The hatches are arranged to pivot between a closed and open position, about a pivot axis arranged at a lower end of the hatch. When in an open position, the well template exhibits absence of a framework extending up towards the top of the template.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: Aker Subsea AS
    Inventor: Knut M√łgedal
  • Patent number: 9140104
    Abstract: A split emergency containment dome for use in conjunction with an oil or gas well. The split emergency containment dome includes an upper containment portion and a closure mechanism. The upper containment portion has an enclosure defined therein that is adapted to receive equipment used in conjunction with the well and to retain therein oil or gas that escapes from the well. The upper containment portion includes a wall having an opening formed therein. The opening extends from a lower end to an upper end of the upper containment portion. The closure mechanism is capable of selectively closing at least a portion of the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Inventor: Thomas T. K. Zung
  • Patent number: 9127545
    Abstract: Described herein is a modular, adjustable system for distributing fluids to one or more wellbores. The system is readily configured and assembled at a well site, and allows for one portion of the system to be isolated for service or repair while the remainder of the system continues to operate. The system includes a plurality of pump skids having both a distribution junction in fluid communication with inlets to of plurality of pump trucks and an exit junction in fluid communication with outlets of the plurality of pump trucks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: GE Oil & Gas Pressure Control LP
    Inventors: Saurabh Kajaria, Khang Nguyen
  • Patent number: 8789607
    Abstract: A BOP stack encapsulation system has dual partially hemispherical dome sections which are each supported and guided for linear movement to open and closed positions relative to base plate. The dual containment domes are moved from open positions to closed and hermetically sealed positions about a BOP stack responsive to sensing BOP leakage or a dangerous pressure condition and are controllable from a remote location. When both containment domes are closed they develop concentrically arranged dual hermetically sealed spaces that enclose the BOP stack and capture any leaked fluid and pressure. Captured well fluid constituents can be bled from the internal spaces of the concentric encapsulation domes as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Inventors: Henk H. Jelsma, Jean Claude Bret, Heiner P. T. Hartwich
  • Patent number: 8695711
    Abstract: A subsea well containment and intervention apparatus. The invention provides a rigid frame that includes a set of pilings for securely affixing the apparatus to the seafloor. Buoyancy modules included in the frame make the weight of the invention more manageable when in the water. Lifting eyes are provided on the frame for installation and removal. A series of tools are attached to the frame to eliminate the need for frequent trips to the surface to replace and replenish.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: J. Ray McDermott, S.A.
    Inventors: Alp A. Kocaman, John George Nolte, III
  • Publication number: 20130284455
    Abstract: Described herein is a modular, adjustable system for distributing fluids to one or more wellbores. The system is readily configured and assembled at a well site, and allows for one portion of the system to be isolated for service or repair while the remainder of the system continues to operate. The system includes a plurality of pump skids having both a distribution junction in fluid communication with inlets to of plurality of pump trucks and an exit junction in fluid communication with outlets of the plurality of pump trucks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Applicant: GE Oil & Gas Pressure Control LP
    Inventors: Saurabh Kajaria, Khang Nguyen
  • Patent number: 8555980
    Abstract: A blowout containment system is permanently positioned on the wellhead. The blowout containment system is relatively inexpensive, is always available and in place, it does not interfere with normal drilling operations, will capture all of the oil and gas emitted by the blowout, does not require special or unique sea surface or underwater apparatus or vessels, does not have any operational requirements that are different than those which drilling crews normally use and are already familiar, and is activated the using actions are similar to those used by drilling crews for well drilling and completion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Inventor: John Powell
  • Patent number: 8322437
    Abstract: A method of, and system for, collecting and controlling hydrocarbons leaking from offshore sea bottom environments entail providing a concrete containment barrier and catenary gasket around the leak source, pumping concrete onto the catenary gasket, opening ports and valves in a containment vessel while it is positioned over the leak source, at least partially embedding the containment vessel in the pumped concrete, closing the ports and valves to capture leaking fluids, and communicating the fluids to the surface for further processing. The modular containment barrier may be placed around an existing or potential well site, or an operating well, abandoned well or sea bottom fissure to facilitate implementation of the method in the event of a leak.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Inventor: Arden L. Brey
  • Publication number: 20120181013
    Abstract: The disclosure provides an adjustable modular skid system with a plurality of skid modules having a frame to support oil field fluid components, such as manifolds, mixing blocks, collection blocks, fracturing pumps, piping and connections, and other devices used to transport water, sand slurries, gas, oil, or other fluids in oil field applications. The modules can be arranged in multiple configuration to fit a particular well site. The modules can include supply modules, transition modules, and distribution modules. The skid modules can be coupled together through piping and relevant connections at the well site. If appropriate, the skid modules can be supported on pilings or other foundational supports. The system can be assembled remotely, started and tested, partially disassembled into the skid modules, and then installed at the well site with minimal additional effort by generally providing lines and connections between the modules.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2011
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Applicant: T-3 PROPERTY HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Saurabh KAJARIA, Kendall KEENE, Robert RIPPLE
  • Patent number: 8016030
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for containing oil from a deep water (greater than 1,000 meters) oil well is disclosed herein. The apparatus has an anchor section, a plurality of riser sections, an upper section and a flow tube. A pressure within the apparatus is equal to a pressure outside of the apparatus to prevent collapse of the apparatus, and to prevent crystallization. Oil is suctioned from the interior of the apparatus through the flow tube to a surface of the ocean.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: triumUSA, Inc.
    Inventor: Jose Jorge Prado Garcia
  • Patent number: 7987903
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for containing oil from a deep water (greater than 1,000 meters) oil well is disclosed herein. The apparatus has an anchor section, a plurality of riser sections, an upper section and a flow tube. A pressure within the apparatus is equal to a pressure outside of the apparatus to prevent collapse of the apparatus, and to prevent crystallization. Oil is suctioned from the interior of the apparatus through the flow tube to a surface of the ocean.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: triumUSA Inc.
    Inventor: Jose Jorge Prado Garcia
  • Patent number: 7686083
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for cutting off a well which includes hydraulic rams, a sharp blade and a supporting structure that surrounds the well and holds it in place while the hydraulic rams and sharp beveled blade shears the well and cuts it off. The entire apparatus is operated with an hydraulic system and can be lifted over any well with a crane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Inventor: Dwayne Emfinger
  • Publication number: 20090095465
    Abstract: The present invention provides a more stable vertical lift structure that raises pre-assembled equipment with increased flexibility in the positioning in relation to the well head location. The invention includes pre-assembled drilling and well-head equipment, such as a blow-out preventer, a lubricator and a stripper, supported by a vertical support structure, all of which is transported to the drilling site on a trailer assembly. The pivot point for the pre-assembled equipment is placed on a rail transport mounted on the trailer assembly, and the pivot point is laterally pushed to a locking point on the rail assembly before the pre-assembled equipment is vertically raised to its vertical alignment near the well head. After being raised to its vertical alignment position, the pre-assembled equipment can be placed over the well head at the drilling site, which reduces the time needed for assembly of the equipment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2008
    Publication date: April 16, 2009
    Inventor: James Raymond Vickery
  • Publication number: 20080179054
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for expandable storage and metering are disclosed. In some embodiments, the expandable storage and metering device comprises a body with a storage cavity therein, a chassis upon which the body is mounted, and at least one port in communication with the storage cavity, wherein the body is expandable and collapsible to change the internal volume of the storage cavity. Some method embodiments for operating the expandable storage and metering device comprise expanding the device and collapsing the device, wherein said expanding and said collapsing comprises utilizing actuators to raise/lower or extend/retract the walls of the device. In other method embodiments for operating the device, said expanding comprises removing the roof of the device and positioning at least one stackable module on top of the device and said collapsing comprises removing the at least one stackable module and replacing the roof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2007
    Publication date: July 31, 2008
    Applicant: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: James McGough, Ed B. Hagan
  • Patent number: 7040411
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for handling blowout preventer stacks. In one embodiment the handling system includes a cart, or skid, providing a base platform, a tilting frame, and a lifting frame. The stack is attached to the lifting frame, which is slidingly supported by the tilting frame, which pivots relative to the cart. The cart provides for positional adjustment of the stack in a first horizontal direction, while positional adjustment in a second, perpendicular horizontal direction is provided by a lateral adjustment mechanism coupling the tilting frame and the cart. The lifting frame can be moved vertically relative to the cart and also provides for rotational adjustment of the stack about its central axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Assignee: National-Oilwell, L.P.
    Inventors: Bryan Kainer, Baldwin Zahn
  • Patent number: 6902007
    Abstract: A blowout preventer transportation and installation system. The system includes a transportation skid assembly having a transport carriage to raise the blowout preventer between a horizontal transport position and a vertical position. The transport carriage on the skid assembly moves the blowout preventer with respect to the skid assembly. A boomer assembly having a crane mounted on a carriage frame on a boomer assembly frame raises and lowers the blowout preventer. The carriage frame moves with respect to the boomer assembly frame to move the blowout preventer over a wellhead. A control line support assembly supports hose lines extending between the blowout preventer and a hydraulic power unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2005
    Assignee: Helmerich & Payne, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan Orr, George Dotson
  • Patent number: 6488094
    Abstract: An apparatus for handling safety valves used for shutting off high pressure upward flow through drill pipe or tubing. The apparatus includes an adjustable clamp assembly for holding the safety valve; a three-stage double-acting hydraulic extension system to provide horizontal (and optionally, rotational) movement of the safety valve; a telescoping, mechanically-extending stanchion with a stabilizing plate attached to the hydraulic extension system; a stable track assembly for vertical movement of the apparatus; and a positioning arm with a yoke for placement against the drill pipe or tubing, providing a distance measurement used to vertically align the safety valve with the drill pipe or tubing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2002
    Assignee: DELMC, Inc.
    Inventor: Bobby Dewain McDowell
  • Patent number: 6474411
    Abstract: The invention relates to metal protectors for threaded extremities of pipe joints for the drilling of oil, gas and geothermal wells. The protectors are intended to protect the threads and seals of the assembly joint against shocks during transportation and handling in the wells and also eliminate the need to use a cardboard washer, which is only used to deliver the product, exposing the seal to shocks during handling in the wells after deterioration of the cardboard washer, considering that cardboard does not provide the same protection against impacts and shocks as steel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2002
    Inventor: Angel Gabriel Amadeo Carrano Castro
  • Publication number: 20020088622
    Abstract: A remotely installed pressure containing closure having a slight negative buoyancy, and a method for assembly of a slight negative buoyancy remotely installed pressure containing closure, such as a tree cap, on a subsea assembly, having at least one fluid bore, and more preferably a production bore and an annulus bore, wherein the remotely installed pressure containing closure comprises: a guidance ring having a plurality of chambers; optionally, a plurality of orientation pins affixed to the guidance ring for aligning the guidance ring to a funnel; buoyant material disposed in the chambers of the guidance ring to assist in creating a slight negative buoyancy for the remotely installed pressure containing closure; a cylinder connected to the remotely installed pressure containing closure for engaging sealing means on a subsea assembly for sealing at least one seal of at least one fluid bore of said subsea assembly; a debris cover connected to said cylinder to house equipment and cover the fluid bore; a mandre
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2001
    Publication date: July 11, 2002
    Inventors: Scott Kennedy Beall, Roy Ortiz
  • Patent number: 6189620
    Abstract: An apparatus for handling safety valves used for shutting off high pressure upward flow through drill pipe or tubing. The apparatus includes an adjustable clamp assembly for holding the safety valve; a three-stage double-acting hydraulic extension system to provide horizontal (and optionally, rotational) movement of the safety valve; a stable track assembly for vertical movement of the apparatus; and a positioning arm with a yoke for placement against the drill pipe or tubing, providing a distance measurement used to vertically align the safety valve with the drill pipe or tubing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2001
    Inventor: Bobby Dewain McDowell
  • Patent number: 6176317
    Abstract: An improved vent hood for abandoned oil and gas wells which is made of concrete and reinforced with linear and coiled rebar to withstand substantial overburden. The invention can be fabricated in either a two-section conical or cylindrical embodiment. Either of the two-section embodiments allow the base member to be positioned around the abandoned well casing and thereafter filled with gravel. A concrete lid having an aperture is thereafter placed upon the base section with a gas sealant disposed between the mating surfaces of lid and base sections. A vent pipe is thereafter inserted into the aperture to permit gas collected within the vent hood to flow to surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2001
    Inventor: John Edward Sepich