Treating Spent Or Used Fluid Above Ground Patents (Class 175/66)
  • Patent number: 10246956
    Abstract: Systems and methods recycle liquid(s) by introducing at least a portion of a first liquid from a first centrifuge into a tank. At least a portion of a second liquid is introduced from a second centrifuge into the tank. The first liquid and the second liquid are mixed together in the tank to produce a mixed liquid. At least a portion of the mixed liquid is introduced from the tank into the second centrifuge. Particles from the mixed liquid are separated using the second centrifuge, thereby producing the at least a portion of the second liquid that is introduced from the second centrifuge into the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventors: Gary Fout, Leonardo Renzo Vicentini
  • Patent number: 9896918
    Abstract: A method and system for generating an ionized fluid, injecting the ionized fluid into fissures in a subterranean formation, pressurizing the ionized fluid, whereby the crystalline structure of a portion of the shale deposits located at the fissures are changed into suspended particles, whereby the depressurization of the ionized fluid forces the suspended particles out of the fissures, increasing the flow of hydrocarbons from those fissures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: MBL Water Partners, LLC
    Inventor: Joseph G. Munisteri
  • Patent number: 9896894
    Abstract: A drilling and grouting device comprises a drill string including a hollow elongate outer rod having a central axis and a hollow elongate inner rod located coaxially within said outer rod, wherein a first outer flow path is defined between said inner and outer rod, and a first central flow path is defined inside said inner rod, a drill bit aligned with said inner rod along said central axis and including a second central flow path, and a crossover part interposed between said inner rod and said drill bit along said central axis, which is configured to connect the first central flow path with a second outer flow path surrounding the drill bit to form a main path and to connect said first outer flow path with said second central flow path to form a secondary path. Also disclosed are systems and methods that include and use the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: SOLETANCHE FREYSSINET
    Inventors: Luca Barison, Larry Goff, Laurent Lefebvre, Steve England, Stefano Gabaldo, Michael Justason
  • Patent number: 9885350
    Abstract: A water pump control system is provided for vacuum excavation equipment. The water pump control system includes a control circuit for controlling a hydraulic actuation circuit configured to control a water pump circuit such that a water pressure produced by the water pump circuit does not exceed a desired water pressure. The hydraulic actuation circuit can include a proportional hydraulic valve, and the control circuit controls a water pump speed by monitoring a water pressure and adjusting an electric current flowing into the proportional valve to meet the desired water pressure. The control circuit can include a pressure transducer mounted to the water pump circuit to monitor the water pressure in real-time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Federal Signal Corporation
    Inventors: Benjamin Bacha, Kevin Silovich, Benjamen Schmitt
  • Patent number: 9835489
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a vector sensor for measuring particle movement in a medium. The vector sensor comprises a magnetic body that is held at a certain distance from a magnetometer in such a way that the magnetic body can move in time with a passing particle movement, wherein the magnetometer is arranged to detect the oscillations in the magnetic field that the movements in the medium produce.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: TOTALFORSVARETS FORSKNINGSINSTITUT
    Inventors: Markus Linne, Peter Sigray
  • Patent number: 9789516
    Abstract: A process for separating synthetic turf product comprising includes the consecutive steps of: (a) downsizing the synthetic turf product into a downsized turf material; (b) separating the downsized turf material by sieving into at least a first fraction substantially comprising a mixture of backing material and additional components and a second fraction substantially comprising grass fiber components; (c) separating the first fraction by specific gravity to provide a low density fraction and a high density fraction; (d) separating the second fraction by specific gravity and size by providing an airflow directed upwards in a separator configured to cause a swirling motion whereby a lighter fraction is entrained upwards in the air flow and a heavy fraction is allowed to fall downwards; and (e) collecting the low density fraction and the light fraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: RE-MATCH (UK) LIMITED
    Inventors: Dennis Andersen, Michael Riggenmann
  • Patent number: 9752399
    Abstract: A wellbore strengthening material collection system including a vibratory separator having a top deck, a middle deck, and a bottom deck, and also including a collection trough coupled to at least one of the decks and configured to receive wellbore strengthening materials from the at least one of the decks. Additionally, a collection trough including a body having an inlet and an outlet, an angled surface disposed within the body and at least on extension surface extending form the body and configured to secure the collection trough to a vibratory separator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: M-I L.L.C.
    Inventors: Michael A. Timmerman, Brian S. Carr, James A. Marshall
  • Patent number: 9725973
    Abstract: Methods and processes for recycling base oils from spent invert emulsion drilling fluids may include frictionally heating a spent drilling fluid that comprises an invert emulsion and solids, wherein the solids are at about 50% or less by volume of the spent drilling fluid; and simultaneously evaporating oil and water from the invert emulsion at a temperature lower than an atmospheric boiling point for the oil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Yerzhan Ayapbergenov, Timothy N. Harvey, Gregory Douglas Abbott, II
  • Patent number: 9714377
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides methods and techniques for manufacturing proppant or lost circulation material from drilling cuttings. In an example embodiment, a method for manufacturing proppant or lost circulation material from drilling cuttings includes obtaining solid drilling cuttings from drilling fluid, removing any remaining hydrocarbon from the solid drilling cuttings, and rending the solid drilling cuttings into a powder form. The method further includes using the powdered drilling cuttings as raw material in a proppant or lost circulation material manufacturing process. In an example embodiment, the proppant or lost circulation material manufacturing process can be sintering or flame spheroidization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: CHEVRON U.S.A. INC.
    Inventors: Edward Malachosky, Jonathan Mark Getliff
  • Patent number: 9695682
    Abstract: A method and system for generating an ionized fluid, injecting the ionized fluid into fissures in a subterranean formation, pressurizing the ionized fluid, whereby the crystalline structure of a portion of the shale deposits located at the fissures are changed into suspended particles, whereby the depressurization of the ionized fluid forces the suspended particles out of the fissures, increasing the flow of hydrocarbons from those fissures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Inventor: Joseph G. Munisteri
  • Patent number: 9682876
    Abstract: A system and method for the treatment of wastewater. In one aspect, the invention can be a method of treating wastewater comprising: a) introducing wastewater having a first turbidity level into a wastewater treatment system; b) injecting an aqueous polymer mixture into the wastewater to flocculate suspended solids within the wastewater; c) removing the flocculated suspended solids from the wastewater to form a treated water having a second turbidity, the second turbidity being lower than the first turbidity; and wherein the aqueous polymer mixture of step b) is formed by introducing a raw polymer into a re-circulated portion of the treated water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Inventor: Frank Leslie Smiddy
  • Patent number: 9677354
    Abstract: Methods and processes for recycling base oils from spent invert emulsion drilling fluids may include frictionally heating a spent drilling fluid that comprises an invert emulsion and solids, wherein the solids are at about 50% or less by volume of the spent drilling fluid; and simultaneously evaporating oil and water from the invert emulsion at a temperature lower than an atmospheric boiling point for the oil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Yerzhan Ayapbergenov, Timothy N. Harvey, Gregory Douglas Abbott, II
  • Patent number: 9518435
    Abstract: A method of processing a return oil-based drilling fluid includes centrifuging a primarily fluids phase at a first speed and separating the primarily fluids phase into a first effluent and a first residual, centrifuging the first effluent at a second speed and separating the first effluent into a second effluent and a second residual, and centrifuging the second effluent at a third speed and separating the second effluent into a third effluent and a third residual. A surfactant, a polymer, combinations of surfactant(s) and polymer(s) and/or a wash water may be added to one or more of the return oil-based drilling fluid, the primarily fluids phase, the primarily solids phase, the first effluent, the second effluent, and the third effluent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: M-I L.L.C.
    Inventors: Gary Fout, Michael Savoy
  • Patent number: 9500053
    Abstract: A drilling system including a riser, a pressure vessel, a source of pressurized gas, and a main flow line which extends from the riser to the pressure vessel, the pressure vessel having a liquid inlet port connected to the main flow line, a gas inlet port connected to the source of pressurized gas, a liquid outlet port located in a lowermost portion of the pressure vessel, and a gas outlet port located in an uppermost portion of the pressure vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: MANAGED PRESSURE OPERATIONS PTE. LTD.
    Inventor: Christian Leuchtenberg
  • Patent number: 9371502
    Abstract: A method of extracting recovering oil from vegetable material in which oil bearing material is heated and subjected to sonication at least one frequency above 400 kHz, removing a first yield of oil by decanting and subjecting the retained material to centrifugal separation to separate out a second yield of oil. Preferably the raw vegetable material is passed through a screw press and the obtained material is heated and subjected to the ultrasonic treatment and then allowed to settle for a predetermined period before decanting the oil layer. Preferably two frequencies above 400 kHz are used, one below 1 MHz and the second from 1 MHz. There are many potential transducers arrangements possible for producing standing waves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: COMMONWEALTH SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH ORGANISATION
    Inventors: Mary Ann Augustin, Pablo Juliano, Raymond Mawson, Piotr Swiergon, Kai Knoerzer
  • Patent number: 9347284
    Abstract: A slug mitigation system for subsea pipelines includes a riser located between a low level and an upper (above sea-) level of a pipeline, where an inline separator, e.g. an “I-SEP”, is located upstream of a first stage separator. A throttling valve or fixed restriction is located downstream or upstream in series with the inline separator. Further aspects may also include a surface jet pump upstream of the in-line separator and/or a cyclonic separator downstream of the in-line separator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Caltec Limited
    Inventors: Mirza Najam Ali Beg, Syed Mahmood Peeran, Mir Mahmood Sarshar, Rhodri John Jones
  • Patent number: 9328313
    Abstract: A method of extracting recovering oil from vegetable material in which oil bearing material is heated and subjected to sonication at least one frequency above 400 kHz, removing a first yield of oil by decanting and subjecting the retained material to centrifugal separation to separate out a second yield of oil. Preferably the raw vegetable material is passed through a screw press and the obtained material is heated and subjected to the ultrasonic treatment and then allowed to settle for a predetermined period before decanting the oil layer. Preferably two frequencies above 400 kHz are used, one below 1 MHz and the second from 1 MHz. There are many potential transducers arrangements possible for producing standing waves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: COMMONWEALTH SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH ORGANISATION
    Inventors: Mary Ann Augustin, Pablo Juliano, Raymond Mawson, Piotr Swiergon, Kai Knoerzer
  • Patent number: 9279299
    Abstract: A method for controlling a downhole pressure during drilling comprises continually sensing in real-time at least one real-time fluid property of an input fluid to a well and of a return fluid from the well. A wellhead setpoint pressure is calculated in real-time that results in a predetermined downhole pressure at a predetermined location in the well, where the calculation based, at least in part, on the at least one continually sensed real-time fluid property. The flow of the return fluid is controllably regulated to maintain the calculated wellhead setpoint pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: James R Lovorn
  • Patent number: 9259770
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for remediating porous contaminated material. In the method, fuel material is combined with the contaminated material and a smoldering combustion process is initiated in the contaminated material to remediate the contaminated material. Control systems are provided to control the smoldering combustion process. The contaminated material may include oily waste, asbestos fibers, and/or at least one of a chlorinated solvent, a polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB), a dioxin, a furan and a polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: David Glynn Thomas, Thomas Peargin
  • Patent number: 9079188
    Abstract: A system and method for separating two or more materials, such as a solid from a liquid, or a solid from a slurry, are provided. An exemplary system and method for separating drill cuttings from drilling fluids are provided, as well as a system and method of processing such separated drill cuttings. In another implementation, a system and method is provided for separating gold (or another mineral, element, or solid) from a slurry or liquid that includes mining cuttings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Flowback Fluids LLC
    Inventor: Terry Gordon Culver
  • Patent number: 9073091
    Abstract: A system for detecting oil contaminated product and foreign matter within a product stream is provided. The system includes a first conveying means for delivering a product stream; a first detection apparatus for detecting oil contaminated product, the first detection apparatus positioned proximate the product stream, the first detection apparatus including a high intensity infrared light source directed at the product stream; and a high speed NIR spectrometer sensor tuned to detect a reflected signal from a taggant disposed in the oil of the oil contaminated product; a second detection apparatus for detecting foreign matter within a product stream, the second detection apparatus positioned proximate the product stream, the second detection apparatus including a light source for illuminating the product stream and a detector for detecting light reflected from the product stream; and a controller for determining whether the product stream contains oil contaminated product or foreign matter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: ALTRIA CLIENT SERVICES INC.
    Inventor: Edmond J. Cadieux, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9068433
    Abstract: A diverter system having stabbing dogs is provided. In one embodiment, such a system includes a diverter, a housing, and a plurality of stabbing dogs coupled to the housing. The stabbing dogs are positioned to enable locking elements of the stabbing dogs to be extended into recesses in the diverter to secure the diverter within the housing. At least one of the recesses in the diverter is connected to a fluid conduit within the diverter, and at least one stabbing dog includes a fluid passage that enables fluid to be routed into the fluid conduit within the diverter through the at least one stabbing dog. Additional systems, devices, and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: Cameron International Corporation
    Inventors: Jerod C. Bushman, John B. Hankins, John A. Hoefler, Harold A. Tenorio
  • Publication number: 20150129312
    Abstract: A drill cuttings conveyance system includes a collection tank that includes a screw conveyor and a chamber operable to accommodate drill cuttings, the screw conveyer extending along a longitudinal axis of the collection tank from a first end of the chamber to a second end of the chamber; a port disposed at the second end of the chamber of the collection tank, the port including a channel operable to direct the drill cuttings from the chamber of the collection tank; a pump including an inlet connected to the port and operable to receive drill cuttings from the port, an outlet, and a pumping mechanism operable to direct the drill cuttings through the outlet of the pump; and a drag chain conveyor in communication with the chamber of the collection tank via an auxiliary opening, the drag chain conveyor being operable to remove drill cuttings from the collection tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Shawn Bender, Donald C. Brenneman
  • Patent number: 9010440
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention generally relate to methods and apparatus for centrifugal separation. In one embodiment, a separator includes an outer tubular having ends sealed from the environment and an inner tubular. The inner tubular is disposed within the outer tubular, has ends in fluid communication with a bore of the outer tubular, and is attached to the outer tubular. The separator further includes an inlet. The inlet is disposed through a wall of the outer tubular, in fluid communication with a bore of the inner tubular, and tangentially attached to the inner tubular so that fluid flow from the inlet to the inner tubular is centrifugally accelerated. The separator further includes a gas outlet in fluid communication with the outer tubular bore; and a liquid outlet in fluid communication with the outer tubular bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Weatherford/Lamb, Inc.
    Inventors: George Joel Rodger, Denman L. Cloudt, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9010462
    Abstract: A low headroom confined space drilling system is disclosed, comprising a low headroom drilling apparatus, a drilling fluid supply system, a drilling fluid collection system, and a drilling fluid recycling apparatus for supplying a recycled drilling fluid to the drilling apparatus. A method of installing a geoexchange borehole in an interior space of a building is also disclosed, comprising installing a borehole access chamber in a floor slab of a building, positioning a low headroom floor mounted rotary drilling apparatus over the borehole access chamber, providing a pressurized drilling fluid to the drill rod string and powering a rotary downhole drilling device attached to the drill rod string to advance the borehole to a desired depth, recovering a drilling fluid and drill cuttings from the borehole, removing drill cuttings from the recovered drilling fluid using the drilling fluid recycling apparatus and returning a recycled drilling fluid to the drilling apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Fenix Energy Solutions Ltd.
    Inventor: Thomas Ross King
  • Patent number: 8997896
    Abstract: Methods and related systems are configured to treat a drilling fluid to cause water droplets to coalesce. One or more phases are thereafter separated from the treated drilling fluid. The oil and/or solids separated from the treated drilling fluid may be added to a base fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: David E. Clark, Lirio Quintero, Anuradee Witthayapanyanon, Alexander John McKellar, Martin Gilbert
  • Patent number: 8956543
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein relate to a fluid distribution apparatus. The fluid distribution apparatus has a housing including an inlet configured to receive a drilling material, a first outlet configured to direct a first portion of the drilling material onto a first separatory surface, and a second outlet configured to direct a second portion of the drilling material onto a second separatory surface. The fluid distribution apparatus further includes a screen disposed within the housing and configured to separate solids from the second portion of the drilling material directed through the second outlet onto the second separatory surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: M-I L.L.C.
    Inventors: Brian S. Carr, John Fedders
  • Patent number: 8950510
    Abstract: Embodiments relate generally to drill cuttings conveyance systems comprising a collection tank, a port, and a pump. The collection tank comprises a chamber operable to accommodate drill cuttings and a screw conveyor. The screw conveyor extends along a longitudinal axis of the collection tank from a first end of the chamber to a second end of the chamber. The port comprises a channel operable to direct drill cuttings from the chamber of the collection tank to the pump. The pump comprises an inlet operable to receive drill cuttings from the port, an outlet, and a pumping mechanism operable to direct drill cuttings through the outlet of the pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Beitzel Corporation
    Inventor: Shawn Bender
  • Patent number: 8945402
    Abstract: One embodiment of the invention disclosed is an apparatus for separating a solid material from a mixture containing oil, water, clay, sand, soil and drill cuttings. The apparatus comprise a series of processing cells and wash tanks. Hydrocyclonic devices are also used to further purify the solid mixture for disposal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventor: Larry Saik
  • Publication number: 20150014062
    Abstract: The object of the present invention is a composition comprising amine compound and carboxylic acid compounds, wherein at least the amine compounds are alkoxylated, use thereof as a drilling fluid, and a method for using the drilling fluid
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Heinz Napierala, Ludger Bosing
  • Publication number: 20140332282
    Abstract: This application relates to an apparatus and method for cleaning drill cuttings recovered from a wellbore. Specifically, the apparatus includes an effective system for handling and washing drill cuttings at a well site to remove hydrocarbon contaminants. The system successively washes hydrocarbon contaminated drill cuttings in organic solvent and water to remove and recover the hydrocarbon contaminates, and produce cleaned drill cuttings that may enable disposal of clean drill cuttings without further treatment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventors: Stanley Ross, Michael Biersteker
  • Patent number: 8881912
    Abstract: A vibratory separator including a separator deck including a hinge point, and a positive displacement mechanism coupled to the separator deck and configured to displace the separator deck to an angle of inclination is disclosed. A method of separating solids form a slurry, the method including pumping a slurry onto a separator deck, vibrating the separator deck, and displacing an end of the separator deck in an upwards or downwards direction with a positive displacement mechanism to a selected angle of inclination is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: M-I L.L.C.
    Inventor: Brian S. Carr
  • Patent number: 8871097
    Abstract: A method of reclaiming a formate brine may include increasing the pH of a spent formate brine fluid comprising water-soluble polymers; treating the fluid with an oxidizing agent; and removing at least a portion of suspended solids from the fluid. Further, a method of reclaiming a formate brine may include lowering the pH of the spent formate brine fluid comprising water-soluble polymers; increasing the pH of the spent formate brine fluid to initiate precipitation of materials solubilized in the fluid; treating the fluid with an oxidizing agent to break down remaining water-soluble polymer; and recovering at least a portion of the formate brine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: M-I L.L.C.
    Inventors: Hui Zhang, Robert L. Horton, Charles Svoboda, Frank E. Evans
  • Patent number: 8844650
    Abstract: The present invention is generally directed to a closed loop apparatus, system, process or method adapted for processing drilling mud used in a down hole well drilling process such that any undesirable particulate such as cuttings will be substantially, if not completely separated from the dirty mud while at the same time allowing the recycled drilling mud to be continuously circulated with the drilling mud. In one embodiment, the present invention includes the following components, all in fluid or mud flow communication with one another and with an adjacent drilling rig: at least one clean mud mixing tank, at least one pump system, at least one dirty mud shakers, at least one optional conveyor belt system, at least one recycled mud reclamation tank and one or more filtering centrifugal pumps or centrifuge systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Terra Tersus LLC
    Inventor: Gary Saiz
  • Publication number: 20140262510
    Abstract: A closed loop drilling fluids circulation system includes a first drilling fluid circulation system disposed at a first subterranean drill site. The first drilling fluid circulation system includes a supply tank for holding clean drilling fluid and a solids control device configured to separate solids from used drilling fluid. In addition, the system includes a central processing facility disposed at a location remote from the first drill site and configured to receive used drilling fluid from the solids control device and supply clean drilling fluid to the supply tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Richard Beddoes, Ulric Fournier, Jeff Hall, Allan Peats
  • Patent number: 8834726
    Abstract: A method of treating a wastewater is provided and can be used, for example, to treat a gas well hydrofracture wastewater. The method can involve precipitating barium as barium sulfate, precipitating calcium and strontium as calcium carbonate and strontium carbonate, precipitating magnesium hydroxide, and filtering out the metal compounds to form a recycle water. The recycle water produced from the method is also provided, as is a method for using the recycle water as a gas well hydrofracture water. In some embodiments, discharge water from a coal mine, and/or water from an abandoned coal mine, is used as a source of sulfate ions to precipitate barium as barium sulfate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: ProChemTech International, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy Edward Keister
  • Publication number: 20140251693
    Abstract: There is provided a device and method for control of return flow from a borehole (18) where drill fluid is supplied from a surface rig (16) via a multi section drill string (4) to a bottom hole assembly (18), the drill pipe sections (6) having tool joints (8) that include an enlarged outer diameter portion (9), and where an annulus (12) is formed between a pipe (2) and the drill string (4), and where the annulus (12) is in fluid communication with or forms part of a return path (40) for the drill fluid, and where a choke (1) is positioned in the annulus (12), and where the length (L) of the choke (1) exceeds the distance (M) between the enlarged outer diameter portion (9) of two adjacent tool joints (8).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventors: Mehdi Mir Rajabi, Roger Sverre Stave
  • Patent number: 8820438
    Abstract: This application relates to an apparatus and method for cleaning drill cuttings recovered from a wellbore. Specifically, the apparatus includes an effective system for handling and washing drill cuttings at a well site to remove hydrocarbon contaminants. The system successively washes hydrocarbon contaminated drill cuttings in organic solvent and water to remove and recover the hydrocarbon contaminates, and produce cleaned drill cuttings that may enable disposal of clean drill cuttings without further treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Cutting Edge Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Stanley Ross, Michael Biersteker
  • Patent number: 8813875
    Abstract: A drilling rig with continuous microwavable particulate treatment system for treating fluid from a wellbore on an offshore platform. The system uses a materials handling controller, a vibrating sieve device or filtering device to separate particulate from drilling fluid, a cuttings discharge collection device for continuously moving the slurry to a cuttings processing station, a treatment system controller controlling the continuous cuttings processing station that uses a microwave generator creating microwaves that heat the slurry and a plurality of non-deforming microwave heatable polishing and grinding media in a vibrating trough. The system continuously creates water vapor with oil droplets and cleaned cuttings, and a vapor recovery system is used for removing the oil droplets from the water vapor having a vapor recovery system controller in communication with the material handling controller and treatment system controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: KMC Oil Tools B.V.
    Inventors: Joseph Daniel Farrar, Perry Don Lyman
  • Publication number: 20140231146
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods of drilling a wellbore wherein a drill-in fluid is foamed at the drill tool. A method in accordance with the present invention comprises providing a drill-in fluid comprising an aqueous fluid, a foaming agent, a foam stabilizer, a gas generating chemical and an encapsulated activator; introducing the drill-in fluid downhole into a drill string connected to a drill tool; and allowing the drill-in fluid to exit the drill tool where, upon exiting the drill tool, the encapsulated activator is de-capsulated sufficiently to react with the gas generating chemical such that a gas is generated within the drill-in fluid and thus foams the drill-in fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Philip D. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 8812236
    Abstract: A method for optimizing drilling fluids by creating a proper particle size analysis and distribution curve of particle sizing within drilling fluid. The particle size distribution curve is maintained with a maximum particle sizing of 6 microns so as to not allow for coarser drilled solids to degrade beyond the point of mechanical separation to prevent a build-up of low gravity solids that can no longer be removed from the drilling fluid during the drilling operation due to their size. An optimal drilling system requires that drilling fluids be modified through the following process to attain the appropriate particle sizing distribution to: make the most efficient use of the drilling operation, reduce the amount to drilling fluids utilized, and reduce formation damage. The method generates corrective actions to modify the drilling fluids or adjust solids control equipment parameters, to obtain a unique particle size distribution throughout the drilling process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Particle Size Engineering, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas W. Freeman, Paula S. DeWitte, Robert W. Troy
  • Patent number: 8789622
    Abstract: A continuous microwave particulate treatment system for treating fluid from a wellbore. The system uses a material handling controller, a vibrating sieve device or filtering device to separate particulate from drilling fluid, a cuttings discharge collection device for continuously moving the slurry to a cuttings processing station, a treatment system controller controlling the continuous cuttings processing station that uses a microwave generator creating microwaves that heat the slurry and a plurality of non-deforming microwave heatable polishing and grinding media in a vibrating trough. The system continuously creates water vapor with oil droplets and cleaned cuttings, and a vapor recovery system is used for removing the oil droplets from the water vapor having a vapor recovery system controller in communication with the material handling and treatment system controllers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: KMC Oil Tools B.V.
    Inventors: Joseph Daniel Farrar, Perry Don Lyman
  • Patent number: 8789583
    Abstract: A method for separating hydrocarbon content from a hydrocarbon contaminated matrix. The method includes controlling water content of a feed material having the hydrocarbon contaminated matrix; continuously conveying the feed material into a treatment cavity; exposing the feed material in a treatment area of the treatment cavity to microwave radiation arranged to cause rapid heating of at least a portion of the water content to form steam, wherein the rapid steam formation results in thermal desorption of at least a portion of the hydrocarbon content from the matrix; and continuously removing the treated matrix from the treatment cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: The University of Nottingham
    Inventors: John Robinson, Sam Kingman, Colin Snape, Michael Bradley, Steven Bradshaw
  • Patent number: 8770287
    Abstract: A method of servicing a wellbore in a subterranean formation comprising placing a foamed wellbore servicing fluid into a wellbore; flowing the foamed wellbore servicing fluid back to the wellbore surface; and contacting the foamed wellbore servicing fluid with an immobilized defoaming agent structure comprising an inert substrate and a defoamer. A system comprising a foamed wellbore servicing fluid in contact with a de-foaming structure, wherein the de-foaming structure comprises a defoamer covalently bonded to an inert substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth W. Pober
  • Patent number: 8763724
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an emulsion, consisting of an oil phase and an aqueous phase and comprising as emulsion components (?1) 15 to 40% by weight of at least one water-immiscible organic solvent as solvent of the oil phase, (?2) 15 to 40% by weight of water as solvent of the aqueous phase, (?3) 10 to 40% by weight of at least one surfactant, (?4) 10 to 40% by weight of an alkoxylated fatty alcohol and (?5) 0 to 25% by weight of at least one other additive, wherein the quantities by weight of the components (?1) to (?5) are each relative to the total weight of the emulsion, and together add up to 100% by weight. The invention further relates to a method for producing an emulsion, to the emulsion which can be obtained from said method, to the use of an emulsion, to a method for cleaning the surfaces of well holes, drilling devices or drillings, to a method for producing a well bore, and to a method for producing an oil or a gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Emery Oleochemicals GmbH
    Inventors: Heinz Müller, Diana Mäker
  • Publication number: 20140175008
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure also involved a method of processing waste, such as drill cuttings, involving the operations of receiving a waste material comprising a liquid material and a solid material, the waste material received directly from a source wherein the waste material is warm. The source may be a drilling operation and the waste material may be drill cuttings from the drilling operation. The method further involving pumping the warm waste material to a separation mechanism, such as a dryer, that separates a portion of the solid material (e.g., cuttings) from a portion of the liquid material (e.g., drilling fluid). The method may further involve mixing the separated solid material with a bioremediation agent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Inventor: Mark Joseph Mathis
  • Publication number: 20140174830
    Abstract: A system for conditioning drilling fluid includes a conditioning device having a first conduit configured to receive the drilling fluid, a flow restriction disposed adjacent the first conduit, the flow restriction comprising a fluid inlet and a fluid outlet, an impact plate disposed downstream of the flow restriction, a first chamber disposed between the flow restriction and the impact plate, and a second chamber disposed downstream of the impact plate, wherein the first chamber is fluidly connected to the second chamber. A method for conditioning drilling fluid using a conditioning device, includes pumping a drilling fluid through a flow restriction, accelerating the drilling fluid into a mixing chamber, subjecting the drilling fluid to elongational shearing, decelerating the drilling fluid against an impact plate, subjecting the drilling fluid to impact shearing, and emptying drilling fluid from the mixing chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2011
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Inventors: Richard Bingham, Michael Rafferty, Neal Smothers
  • Patent number: 8741072
    Abstract: A tank cleaning system for use at a drilling location, including a first cuttings storage vessel comprising an inlet and an outlet, at least one tank cleaning machine configured to clean a tank, a disposal vessel, and a module including a pump configured to facilitate the transfer of fluids from a clean water vessel to the at least one tank cleaning machine, and a fluid connection configured to facilitate the transfer of fluids from the outlet of the first cuttings storage vessel to the disposal vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: M-I LLC
    Inventor: Jan Thore Eia
  • Publication number: 20140144708
    Abstract: In one aspect, embodiments disclosed herein relate to modular drilling system, the system comprising a first module comprising a first work surface; and a second module comprising a second work surface; wherein the first module is disposed above the second module. In another aspect, embodiments disclosed herein relate to a modular drilling system, the system comprising a first module; and a second module; wherein at least one of the first and second modules comprises oilfield process equipment disposed on the module around a center point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2011
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: M-I L.L.C.
    Inventors: Joe Sherwood, Thomas Geehan
  • Patent number: RE46632
    Abstract: The present invention is generally directed to a closed loop apparatus, system, process or method adapted for processing drilling mud used in a down hole well drilling process such that any undesirable particulate such as cuttings will be substantially, if not completely separated from the dirty mud while at the same time allowing the recycled drilling mud to be continuously circulated with the drilling mud. In one embodiment, the present invention includes the following components, all in fluid or mud flow communication with one another and with an adjacent drilling rig: at least one clean mud mixing tank, at least one pump system, at least one dirty mud shakers, at least one optional conveyor belt system, at least one recycled mud reclamation tank and one or more filtering centrifugal pumps or centrifuge systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Terra Tersus LLC
    Inventor: Gary Saiz