Split Cap Or Head Patents (Class 166/93.1)
  • Patent number: 9080408
    Abstract: A well head system for application in sub sea well exploration comprising a well head (23) having a well head housing secured to a well casing, at least one valve stack, e.g. a BOP (1) located atop said well head (23). The valve stack is removably locked on a well template (15) supporting said well head by a plurality of locking devices (7). Also described is a locking device comprising two opposite clamping arms (19) hingedly attached to a main frame (21). The Main frame is slidable relative to a spindle (17) and can be selectively secured to the spindle (17).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Aker Subsea AS
    Inventor: Knut M√łgedal
  • Patent number: 9022122
    Abstract: A cap for protecting a sealing surface of a hub of a subsea device includes an equalization valve and a fluid conduit. The equalization valve includes a valve body having a pressure equalization conduit, a sleeve disposed about the valve body and having a port allowing fluid communication across the sleeve, and a valve spring configured to bias the sleeve to a closed position. The sleeve is configured to move to an open position in response to a force that depresses the sleeve and causes the valve spring to compress and the port is fluidly isolated from the pressure equalization conduit in the closed position and is in fluid communication with the pressure equalization conduit in the open position. In the open position, an interior environment of the subsea device is in fluid communication with the environment outside the cap through the equalization valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: OneSubsea IP UK Limited
    Inventor: Nghia T. Tran
  • Patent number: 8833393
    Abstract: A hydraulic connector (14) attaches a valve chamber (16) to a flow pipe (P) using a hydraulic clamp (20) to grab the pipe (P) or a flange (F). The valve chamber (16) contains a primary hydraulic ram (26) to telescopically extend a primary seal (28) on the ram (26) to close or open the outlet ports (22) by moving the primary seal (28) to permit flow through valve up flow tubes (34) to a riser (R). Outlet ports (22) in the cap valve (12), or an intermittent pipe (18), permit unrestricted flow while the connector (14) is being installed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Inventor: Charles J. Adams
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20130333897
    Abstract: A diverter cover assembly includes a first arrangement of sliding plates positioned above a central bore of a diverter and movable in substantially opposite directions to open and close over the central bore.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Applicant: HYDRIL USA MANUFACTURING LLC
    Inventors: Laura Christine Wells, Leonard G. Childers, Eric Dale Larson, Robert Allen Blue, Luis Melendez
  • Patent number: 8550168
    Abstract: A mechanism for clamping first and second stabplates together comprises a pivoted cam member and clamping means for co-operating with the cam member. The mechanism is such that the cam member is displaceable between a first position in which, in co-operation with the clamping means, it clamps the stabplates together and a second position in which it has rotated to be between the stabplates with the stabplates separate from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Vetco Gray Controls Limited
    Inventors: Andrew Simon Hamblin, Gareth H. Lewis
  • Patent number: 8365817
    Abstract: An apparatus for containing leaks from a stuffing box on a wellhead production assembly is provided. The apparatus comprises a containment vessel consisting of two half shells that are joined below the stuffing box. The apparatus further comprises a seal subassembly. The components of the seal subassembly are positioned one the nipple and pumping tee below the stuffing box. The half shells are positioned about and joined to the seal subassembly in a manner that provides a liquid tight seal. Additionally, the apparatus comprises a transparent topper having an upper opening to receive a polished rod extending from the stuffing box. The topper is secured to the containment vessel in a liquid tight manner such that the stuffing box is substantially isolated from the environment. As such, any leaks originating from the stuffing box will be contained in the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Anti-Pollution Technology, L.P.
    Inventors: Jack G. Brewer, Steven L. Shroyer, Darrel B. Fruit, Darrel G. Fruit
  • Patent number: 8342237
    Abstract: An apparatus for containing leaks from a stuffing box on a wellhead production assembly is provided. The apparatus comprises a containment vessel consisting of two half shells that are joined below the stuffing box. The apparatus further comprises a seal subassembly. The components of the seal subassembly are positioned one the nipple and pumping tee below the stuffing box. The half shells are positioned about and joined to the seal subassembly in a manner that provides a liquid tight seal. Additionally, the apparatus comprises a transparent topper having an upper opening to receive a polished rod extending from the stuffing box. The topper is secured to the containment vessel in a liquid tight manner such that the stuffing box is substantially isolated from the environment. As such, any leaks originating from the stuffing box will be contained in the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Anti-Pollution Technology, L.P.
    Inventors: Jack G. Brewer, Steven L. Shroyer, Darrel B. Fruit, Darrel G. Fruit
  • Patent number: 8251153
    Abstract: A clamping apparatus allowing a downhole line to be fed between downhole tubular members. The clamping apparatus can include a first and second half, each including: support arms with inner surfaces, connecting walls, and grips. The first and second halves can be selectively connectable. The clamping apparatus can include handles, hinges, and latches. A system for feeding a downhole line between an outer tubular member and an inner tubular member can include an outer tubular member disposed about an inner tubular member, wherein the clamping apparatus is disposed about the inner tubular member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Petroquip Energy Services, LLP
    Inventors: Rodney Wayne Long, Charles David Wintill, William John Darnell, William Ryle Darnell, Michael Chad Darby
  • Publication number: 20120067597
    Abstract: A wellhead seal device forms metal seals in an annular space between inner and outer tubular members such as a rough casing held within aligned casing and tubing heads. An annular metal sealing sleeve has a lower portion seated in the annular space, and an upper portion which forms an inner sealing annulus adjacent the outer wall of the inner tubular member. A metal seal ring and a wedge ring are located in the inner sealing annulus. A retaining ring is retained by the upper portion above the wedge ring. Threaded seal energizing members extend through the retaining ring to push downwardly on the wedge ring and compress the metal seal ring radially inwardly to form a metal seal to the inner tubular member and thus seal the inner sealing annulus. The lower portion of the annular metal sealing sleeve may seal to the casing head and to the casing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Applicant: Stream-Flo Industries Ltd.
    Inventors: Heinrich LANG, Tony M. Lam, Tianle Guo
  • Patent number: 8127838
    Abstract: An apparatus for containing leaks from a stuffing box on a wellhead production assembly is provided. The apparatus comprises a containment vessel consisting of two half shells that are joined below the stuffing box. The apparatus further comprises a seal subassembly. The components of the seal subassembly are positioned one the nipple and pumping tee below the stuffing box. The half shells are positioned about and joined to the seal subassembly in a manner that provides a liquid tight seal. Additionally, the apparatus comprises a transparent topper having an upper opening to receive a polished rod extending from the stuffing box. The topper is secured to the containment vessel in a liquid tight manner such that the stuffing box is substantially isolated from the environment. As such, any leaks originating from the stuffing box will be contained in the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Inventors: Jack G. Brewer, Steven L. Shroyer, Darrel B. Fruit, Darrel G. Fruit
  • Patent number: 7658225
    Abstract: A polish rod clamp apparatus has a body defining a lower rod aperture and a tapered body recess. A cap defines an upper rod aperture and a tapered cap recess. Tapered gripper dies have upper and lower outer surfaces sloping inward from a central portion and inner surfaces configured to bear against the polish rod. The dies are installed in the body recess such that inner surfaces bear against a polish rod and the lower outer surfaces bear against walls of the body recess. The dies are movable with respect to the body and are prevented from rotating. The cap is threaded onto the body such that the upper outer surfaces of the gripper dies bear against the walls of the tapered cap recess. Threading the cap onto the body forces the gripper dies against the outer surface of the polish rod passing through the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2010
    Assignee: 1075878 Alberta Ltd.
    Inventor: Glen Joki
  • Patent number: 7621340
    Abstract: The invention describes a system for capping an abandoned well having production casing and surface casing. The system enables the effective sealing of the production casing volume from the surface casing volume such that any gases leaking from either volume can be independently released from independent valves. The system is particularly effective in improving the safety of re-entering an abandoned well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2009
    Assignee: CCS Corporation
    Inventors: Kary Cuthill, Daryl Cuthill
  • Publication number: 20090223661
    Abstract: A casing cap to seal the annulus formed between an upper end of an outer casing and an inner casing. An annular casing cap housing is formed in split portions which when joined at their splits form the casing cap housing to cover and seal the annulus. The joined casing cap split portions form a side wall which surrounds the outer casing. The upper end forms an annular top section adapted to rest on the upper end of the outer casing, cover the annulus and form an upper annular seal to the inner casing. The lower end is adapted to form a mechanical connection, preferably non-welded, to the outer casing and to form an annular seal to the outer casing. Connectors between the casing cap split portions clamp together the sealing surfaces of the casing cap split portions with the sealing element to form pressure-containing, non-welded seals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2009
    Publication date: September 10, 2009
    Applicant: Stream-Flo Industries Ltd.
    Inventors: Abram KHAZANOVICH, Irina Khazanovich
  • Patent number: 7290611
    Abstract: Methods and systems for cementing casing in well bores drilled in subterranean formations, and more particularly, methods and systems for cementing casing in a well bore without surface casing or a well head are provided. A method provided herein may comprise sealing an annulus at the mouth of the well bore with a seal; pumping a cement composition into the annulus through the seal; and taking circulation fluid returns from the inner diameter of the casing. A system provided herein may comprise a seal of an annulus at the mouth of the well bore; a cement composition pump fluidly connected to the annulus through the seal; and a coupling connected to the exposed end of the casing for taking circulation fluid returns from the inner diameter of the casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2007
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony M. Badalamenti, Simon Turton, Karl W. Blanchard, Ronald R. Faul, Michael G. Crowder, Henry E. Rogers, James E. Griffith
  • Patent number: 7231968
    Abstract: A system for capping the upper opening of a well having an accommodation for a remotely-located control device. More specifically, a well cap system for a water-well having a pipe casing that permits one or more well control apparatus to be located within the well cap. The system is a two-part assembly, comprising a base and hollow cover, both arranged to be supported by the pipe casing. Further, a constant pressure well system utilizing the water-well cap system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2007
    Inventor: Eric Owens
  • Patent number: 7225871
    Abstract: A system for cementing a casing in an open wellbore having no surface casing, wherein an annulus is defined between the casing and the wellbore, the system having: an annular plug around the casing at the mouth of the wellbore; a cement composition pump fluidly connected to the annulus through the seal; and a coupling connected to the exposed end of the casing for taking circulation fluid returns from the inner diameter of the casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Henry E. Rogers, Earl D. Webb, Karl Blanchard
  • Patent number: 7204304
    Abstract: A removable surface pack-off device adapted for use in reverse cementing applications is provided. The device includes a housing adapted to be mounted between the ends of an inner casing and an outer casing at or near the surface of a well and at least one fluid passage disposed within the housing, which is adapted to pass fluid, such as cement, from a location outside of the well into an annulus formed between the inner and outer casings. It also includes a first pressure-activated seal disposed between the inner casing and the housing and a second pressure-activated seal disposed between the outer casing and the housing. The device further includes an attachment assembly, which enables the device to be easily removed from the well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2007
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Henry E. Rogers, Earl D. Webb
  • Patent number: 6920925
    Abstract: A wellhead isolation tool and a wellhead assembly incorporating such a tool are provided. The wellhead assembly has an annular assembly coupled to a well. The annular assembly may include a casing head coupled to the well and a tubing head mounted over the casing head. The wellhead isolation tool is suspended in the annular assembly. The wellhead isolation tool has a first end portion extending above the annular assembly and a second end portion below the first end portion within the annular assembly. A production casing suspended in the annular assembly and is aligned with the wellhead isolation tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2005
    Assignee: Duhn Oil Tool, Inc.
    Inventors: Rex E. Duhn, Robert K. Meek
  • Publication number: 20030127221
    Abstract: A base plate assembly for supporting a number of tubular strings within a tubular housing comprises two base plate portions which when secured together are adapted to be supported on an upper end of the tubular housing. Each base plate portion comprises a top plate which includes an end face and a number of semicircular openings that extend from the end face. Thus, when the base plate portions are secured together, the semicircular openings align to form a number of circular bores which are each adapted to receive a corresponding tubular string. Also, the base plate portions may be disconnected and removed from the tubular housing after the tubular strings are secured in position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2002
    Publication date: July 10, 2003
    Applicant: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Appavoo Thangarasu, Bernard Ong, Kevin Kok Sum Lim, Bimo Wiratnanto, Joseph Shu Yian Liew