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166335000 - SUBMERGED WELL

166338000 - Connection or disconnection of submerged members remotely controlled

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166345000 Connection of riser-and-tubing assembly to other structure 77
166346000 Yieldable tubing 3
20100018717FLEXIBLE RISER PIPE INSTALLATION FOR CONVEYING HYDROCARBONS - The invention relates to a riser pipe installation that comprises a flexible duct of the non-bound type, the duct being vertically arranged between a mechanical connection with a submerged buoy at the stub on the one hand, and a mechanical connection with the seabed at the bottom on the other hand, wherein fluid connections are provided at the stub and at the bottom for connecting the riser pipe with surface equipment on the one hand and bottom equipment on the other hand; the bottom of the pipe is located at a depth of at least 1000 m where it is submitted to a computable maximum reverse bottom effect F, while the buoy is oversized in order to generate at the bottom of the riser pipe a reaction tension T higher than at least 50% or even 100% of the computable maximum reverse bottom effect F applied at the bottom of the pipe.01-28-2010
20100288505DRILLING RISER ELASTIC SWIVEL FOR BOUNDARY LAYER CONTROL - The present invention relates to the marine drilling risers and other submerged hulls, and methods and apparatuses for reducing vibration and drag in the drilling risers when they are beset by ocean currents, for instance elastic swivel devices for use in orienting a riser in a desired direction for boundary layer control applications.11-18-2010
20100059229LOOSE TUBE FLYING LEAD ASSEMBLY - In combination, the loose tube flying lead includes: a) a pair of improved cobra head assemblies, each being able to receive a variety of different stab-plates with minimal modification; b) a pair of bend limiters, one extending from each cobra head assembly and c) an elongate bundle of non-constrained interior conduits surrounded by an over-hose, the over-hose being connected to each bend limiter. The over-hose may rotate independently of the bend limiters and the cobra head assemblies.03-11-2010
166347000 Connection of lateral flow line 2
20120234551System and Method For Drilling A Well That Extends For A Large Horizontal Distance - Method and apparatus for extending the horizontal distance through which wells can be drilled. A horizontal tubular is used to convey a drillstring from a drilling rig toward a target location and a mud return line and pump on the surface is used to pump drilling mud returning from the bit back to the drilling rig.09-20-2012
20120312541Apparatus and Method for Processing Fluids from a Well - Provided is a system, including a first module (12-13-2012
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20110192610SUBSEA WELL INTERVENTION LUBRICATOR AND METHOD FOR SUBSEA PUMPING - A subsea well service system and method are presented for use with an subsea pump capable of flushing the well intervention lubricator of an underwater hydrocarbons production facility. The system essentially includes at least one pump placed at a subsea location in proximity to the well intervention lubricator, and at least one fluid reservoir connected to the pump.08-11-2011
20120175125SUBSEA POD PUMP - A subsea oil and gas production Christmas tree control system, serviceable by an ROV subsea, comprises an umbilical and a system controller further comprising an HPU that comprises a manipulatable subsea housing; a subsea hydraulic fluid reservoir; a motor disposed in the housing; and a hydraulic power unit disposed in the housing. Hydrocarbon production may controlled subsea by deploying a modular subsea oil and gas production Christmas tree control system using an ROV; supplying the HPU with hydraulic fluid; providing a predetermined control to a subsea Christmas tree using a Christmas tree control system component; monitoring a Christmas tree control system status; enabling a redundant Christmas tree control system component upon detection of a fault in a Christmas tree control system component paired with the redundant component; and providing status data from the Christmas tree control system to a status data receiver using a data communications link.07-12-2012
20100101800Subsea Completion with a Wellhead Annulus Access Adapter - A subsea completion assembly for a subsea well including installed casing and a wellhead. The assembly includes a production casing forming a B annulus between the outside of the production casing and the installed casing. The assembly also includes an annulus access adapter installed in the wellhead, the adapter including a manipulatable valve controlling fluid communication with the fluid in the B annulus across the annulus access adapter. A property of the fluid in the B annulus can be monitored by fluid communicated across the annulus access adapter.04-29-2010
20120181039FILTRATION SYSTEMS FOR CHEMICAL FLUIDS - A method of producing a filtration system for filtering a chemical fluid used in a hydrocarbon extraction well is provided. The method comprises providing a filter arrangement comprising an inlet end and an outlet end, connecting the inlet end to a first fluid flow passageway using a first hydraulically operated connector, and connecting the outlet end to a second fluid flow passageway using a second hydraulically operated connector.07-19-2012
20130068465METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR CIRCULATING FLUID WITHIN THE ANNULUS OF A FLEXIBLE PIPE RISER - Disclosed is a process and system for circulating fluid within the annulus of a flexible pipe used in a riser in an offshore hydrocarbon production facility. Fluid, such as corrosion inhibitors, can be circulated in a closed loop which includes the annulus of the riser terminating at a platform or floating vessel, a fluid storage tank located on the platform or vessel and an umbilical tube terminating at the platform or vessel and at a subsea location. Use of the system to flow the fluid through the annulus can prevent or reduce corrosion of the steel members within the annulus and increase the fatigue life of the riser.03-21-2013
20120234550Mudline Managed Pressure Drilling and Enhanced Influx Detection - Apparatuses useable in drilling installations for adjusting a mud return flow in a mud loop, at a location far from a mud tank are provided. An apparatus includes (1) a sensor located close to a seabed and configured to acquire values of at least one parameter related to a return mud flow, (2) a valve located near the sensor and configured to regulate the return mud flow, and (3) a controller connected to the valve and the sensor. The controller is configured to automatically control the valve to regulate the return mud flow towards achieving a value of a control parameter close to a predetermined value, based on the values acquired by the sensor. Methods of incorporating an apparatus in a drilling installation and retrofitting existing installations are also provided.09-20-2012
20090000787INFLOW CONTROL DEVICE - An inflow control device is disclosed for use in controlling the flow of fluid into a production tubing in a subterranean wellbore. The device is especially adapted for use with sand screen apparatus, but is modular in that it is manufactured separately from the sand screen apparatus. An inflow control device according to the present invention contains an orifice having an opening which is adjustable in size and which is disposed in the device to permit communication of fluid from one end of the body to the other. An inflow control device according to the present invention may be utilized with multiple sand screen assemblies.01-01-2009
20110278013TELESCOPING ORIENTATION JOINT - An orientation joint for a subsea landing string equipped to maintain both unitary and telescoping configurations. For example, the joint may maintain a unitary configuration to provide continuous orientation definition while lowering a landing string within a blowout preventer (BOP). Additionally, the orientation joint may be configured to telescope and provide an appropriately sized uniform outer diameter surface to enable a sealing engagement with an aligned ram of the BOP.11-17-2011
20110005764TOOL FOR CONNECTING PIPELINES - The invention concerns a tool for a tool for connecting an end of a first pipeline (01-13-2011
20090101350MODULAR BACKUP FLUID SUPPLY SYSTEM - A system and method to allow backup or alternate fluid flow routes around malfunctioning components using removable, modular component sets. In one exemplary embodiment, an ROV establishes a backup hydraulic flow to a BOP function by attaching one end of a hose to a modular valve block and the other end to an intervention shuttle valve, thus circumventing and isolating malfunctioning components. A compound intervention shuttle valve is provided that comprises first and second primary inlets, first and second secondary inlets, and an outlet. A modular valve block is provided that comprises a directional control valve, a pilot valve, a manifold pressure regulator, a pilot pressure regulator, stab type hydraulic connections and an electrical wet-make connection.04-23-2009
20110290496Gasless Pilot Accumulator - A gasless subsea accumulator having a series of opposing springs in two separate chambers defined by a central cross shaped member for translating force on a piston in the accumulator to dampen the movement of the piston. The body of the accumulator may be operably engaged to a bladder in fluid communication with one of the two chambers to provide additional dampening. The body may be vented through a port and have a port for controlling pressure on body through a pilot control circuit. The accumulator may be manually controlled by an ROV and operatively connected to a regulator.12-01-2011
20120024533Apparatus for collecting oil escaped from an underwater blowout - A large diameter conduit extends from a subsea location surrounding a wellhead to an area above the water surface. The conduit is designed to channel escaped oil and gas from the underwater well to a floating collection facility. The conduit has a portion formed from polyvinyl chloride to reduce paraffin solidification and methane gas icing.02-02-2012
20090223672APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR A HYDROCARBON PRODUCTION FACILITY - The present application concerns apparatus for a hydrocarbon production facility, and a method of launching a pig into a pipeline. The apparatus may include export riser that provides a first flow path for production fluid from a production well, a pig launcher for launching a pig into the export riser at a first location, together with bypass tubing providing a second flow path for the production fluid which bypasses the export riser at the first location. This may allow production fluid to continue to flow from a production well through the export riser even when a pig or pig train is being located in the export riser.09-10-2009
20120292038VARIABLE BUOYANCY SUBSEA RUNNING TOOL - A variable buoyancy subsea running tool for use with subsea transportable devices, such as a tree cap. The buoyancy of the running tool may be varied through fluid or gas displacement in one or more containers. Alternatively, the running tool may be configured with a buoy that has static buoyancy, with the buoyancy of the running tool being varied through the addition of a counterweight. The running tool can be used to install or uninstall a tree cap on a subsea tree. Installation of a tree cap may be actuated by a remotely operated vehicle. Additionally, the running tool may be moved by a remotely operated vehicle and may have additional features such as a position locator device.11-22-2012
20120193103Method and apparatus for recovering methane from hydrate near the sea floor - Method and apparatus are disclosed for recovering natural gas from a hydrate deposit near or at the sea floor. A rigid dome structure, supported by a floating vessel and movable along the sea floor, is placed over the hydrate deposit. Heated sea water may be pumped from the floating vessel through headers and nozzles in the rigid dome structure. The heated sea water preferably fluidizes the marine sand containing hydrate, releasing gas in the hydrate. The gas is collected in the rigid dome structure and moved through a pipe to the floating vessel, where it may be processed through a turbo-expander and liquefied.08-02-2012
20090025936Connection system for subsea flow interface equipment - A connection system for connecting flow interface equipment to a subsea manifold is disclosed. The connection system relates particularly to a connection apparatus adapted to land a conduit means on a subsea manifold in a first stage of the connection and to connect a conduit means of the connection apparatus to a choke body of the manifold in a second stage of the connection.01-29-2009
20110139460HYDROCARBON PRODUCTION SYSTEM, METHOD FOR PERFORMING CLEAN-UP AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING FLOW - The present invention relates to a device for transmitting fluid from a subsea producing module (06-16-2011
20120103621SUBSEA SYSTEM WITH SUBSEA COOLER AND METHOD FOR CLEANING THE SUBSEA COOLER - There is provided a subsea system for increasing pressure and/or flow rate in a flow line, the subsea system being arranged in fluid communication with said flow line which receives fluid from at least one fluid source. The subsea system comprises at least one compressor or pump and at least one subsea cooler which is arranged in the flow line in series with the at least one compressor. The subsea system further comprises a recirculation line which is configured such that at least a portion of the fluid flowing in the flow line downstream the at least one compressor and the at least one subsea cooler may be recirculated back to the flow line upstream the at least one compressor and the at least one subsea cooler such that the recirculating line can be used for capacity regulation of the at least one compressor and cleaning of the at least one subsea cooler. There is also provided a method for the removal of wax and/or hydrate and/or sand and debris which has accumulated in at least one subsea cooler of a subsea system.05-03-2012
20120103620REMOTELY OPERATED UNDERWATER REDIRECTION PLENUM CHAMBER FOR SPILL RESPONSE - Remotely operated underwater redirection plenum chamber for spill response. A method for operating an underwater redirection plenum chamber including aligning a first end of the redirection plenum chamber with a riser pipe having a fluid flow. A collar is lowered from the first end of the redirection plenum chamber, such that an inner diameter of the collar surrounds an outer diameter of the riser pipe. A plurality of barbs within the collar are activated to pierce and engage an inner surface of the riser pipe. A grip engages the outer diameter of the riser pipe. The grip has at least two counter rotating cylinders such that when rotated by the fluid flow the counter rotating cylinders create a seal allowing fluid to travel through the grip and into a first chamber of the redirection plenum chamber.05-03-2012
20110226483APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR RECOVERING FLUIDS FROM A WELL AND/OR INJECTING FLUIDS INTO A WELL - Methods and apparatus for diverting fluids either into or from a well are described. Some embodiments include a diverter conduit that is located in a bore of a tree. The invention relates especially but not exclusively to a diverter assembly connected to a wing branch of a tree. Some embodiments allow diversion of fluids out of a tree to a subsea processing apparatus followed by the return of at least some of these fluids to the tree for recovery. Alternative embodiments provide only one flowpath and do not include the return of any fluids to the tree. Some embodiments can be retrofitted to existing trees, which can allow the performance of a new function without having to replace the tree. Multiple diverter assembly embodiments are also described.09-22-2011
20100000739VARIABLE BUOYANCY SUBSEA RUNNING TOOL - A variable buoyancy subsea running tool for use with subsea transportable devices, such as a tree cap. The buoyancy of the running tool may be varied through fluid or gas displacement in one or more containers. Alternatively, the running tool may be configured with a buoy that has static buoyancy, with the buoyancy of the running tool being varied through the addition of a counterweight. The running tool can be used to install or uninstall a tree cap on a subsea tree. Installation of a tree cap may be actuated by a remotely operated vehicle. Additionally, the running tool may be moved by a remotely operated vehicle and may have additional features such as a position locator device.01-07-2010
20100032163PURGE SYSTEM - A purge system for use with a well intervention system and apparatus is disclosed. The purge system permits well fluids contained in a subsea intervention system to be purged prior to retrieval of the intervention system to the surface. The system comprises a vessel (02-11-2010
20120118580SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTAINING BOREHOLE FLUID - A device for containing fluid flow from a borehole includes: a containment assembly including a body having a cavity configured to receive a leaking portion of a borehole termination structure extending from the borehole and surround the leaking portion, the cavity configured to be adapted to at least partially conform to a shape of at least one of the leaking portion and the borehole termination structure; and a flow control assembly configured to connect a fluid conduit in fluid communication with the containment assembly and direct downhole fluid into the fluid conduit.05-17-2012
20120118581SELF SEALING HYDRAULIC COUPLER - A hydraulic coupler for providing fluid communication between adjacent members that includes a two way check valve formed from a double headed poppet set in a hollow cylinder with corrugated bellows like walls. Contoured bores are provided in the cylinder ends and the poppet heads are profiled to match the contour of the bores. When the heads are seated in the bores they form a sealing surface to block fluid from flowing through the coupler. Compressively preloading the cylinder before assembly provides a sealing force between the heads and the bores. Axially compressing the cylinder with respect to the poppet unseats the heads from the bores to form a flow path through the coupler.05-17-2012
20100243260MODULAR BACKUP FLUID SUPPLY SYSTEM - A system and method to allow backup or alternate fluid flow routes around malfunctioning components using removable, modular component sets. In one exemplary embodiment, an ROV establishes a backup hydraulic flow to a BOP function by attaching one end of a hose to a modular valve block and the other end to an intervention shuttle valve, thus circumventing and isolating malfunctioning components. A compound intervention shuttle valve is provided that comprises first and second primary inlets, first and second secondary inlets, and an outlet. A modular valve block is provided that comprises a directional control valve, a pilot valve, a manifold pressure regulator, a pilot pressure regulator, stab type hydraulic connections and an electrical wet-make connection.09-30-2010
20120199359PUMPING MODULE AND SYSTEM - A subsea pumping system using a subsea module is installed on the sea bed, preferably away from production wells and intended to pump hydrocarbons having a high associated gas fraction produced by subsea production wells to the surface. The system achieves an advantage by the design of a pumping module (PM) which is linked to pumping equipment already present in a production well and which includes: an inlet pipe (08-09-2012
20110253378SUBSEA WELLHEAD PROVIDING CONTROLLED ACCESS TO A CASING ANNULUS - A subsea wellhead assembly includes a wellhead body which disposed to support an isolation sleeve for a production tree and to support below the isolation sleeve a production casing hanger for a production casing string. The body also supports a second casing string outside the production casing string whereby to form an annulus between the casing strings. The body includes a passageway which is in communication with the annulus near a lower end of the body and extends upwardly within the wall of the body towards the upper end of the body. A valve is accommodated in the upper part of the body and provides controlled communication between the passageway and a port which can be coupled to the isolation sleeve. The valve is controllable from a production tree in particular is moveable between an open position and a closed position in response to fluid pressure applied to the valve from a production tree by way of the isolation sleeve.10-20-2011
20110114327DEPLOYING AN ELECTRICALLY-ACTIVATED TOOL INTO A SUBSEA WELL - An apparatus for use with a subsea well includes a lubricator configured to attach to subsea wellhead equipment, an electrically-activated tool, and a coiled tubing attached to the electrically-activated tool. The electrically-activated tool is initially provided in the lubricator to allow for deployment of the electrically-activated tool on the coiled tubing into the subsea well. Multiple tools may be deployed independently from within the lubricator to latch into a concentric electrical connector within the well which may also act as a switch. A concentric electrical connector will permit the passage of a tool through the body of the connector retaining full bore access when the tool is withdrawn.05-19-2011
20100326666SPLIT ASSEMBLY ATTACHMENT DEVICE - A spider assembly is a round platform with a central bore used to support sections of casing as the sections of casing are joined to one another and lowered below a drilling platform. The spider assembly comprises two c-shaped section joined together at two seams, one seam at the end of each leg of the c-shape. A clamping plate is used to join each seam and apply a preload force on the joint. The preload force minimizes axial deflection at the joint.12-30-2010
20110253380APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR RECOVERING FLUIDS FROM A WELL AND/OR INJECTING FLUIDS INTO A WELL - Methods and apparatus for diverting fluids either into or from a well are described. Some embodiments include a diverter conduit that is located in a bore of a tree. The invention relates especially but not exclusively to a diverter assembly connected to a wing branch of a tree. Some embodiments allow diversion of fluids out of a tree to a subsea processing apparatus followed by the return of at least some of these fluids to the tree for recovery. Alternative embodiments provide only one flowpath and do not include the return of any fluids to the tree. Some embodiments can be retro-fitted to existing trees, which can allow the performance of a new function without having to replace the tree. Multiple diverter assembly embodiments are also described.10-20-2011
20120145406BOP Stack with a Universal Intervention Interface - Systems for accessing a well bore including a BOP stack with a universal intervention interface are disclosed. In some embodiments, the system includes a BOP stack and a valve assembly. The BOP stack has a throughbore and is installable on a well such that the throughbore is in fluid communication with the well bore. The valve assembly is coupled to the BOP stack and includes a fluid flowpath in fluid communication with the BOP stack throughbore, two valves connected in series and disposed along the fluid flowpath, the valves operable to control flow through the fluid flowpath, and a ROV panel including ports accessible by a ROV for operation of the two valves.06-14-2012
20110042093PUMPING MODULE AND SYSTEM - This invention relates to equipment and a subsea pumping system using a subsea module installed on the sea bed, preferably away from a production well and intended to pump hydrocarbons having a high associated gas fraction produced by one or more subsea production wells to the surface. One object of this invention is achieved by means of the design of a pumping module (PM) which is linked to pumping equipment already present in a production well and which basically comprises: an inlet pipe (02-24-2011
20120037376System and Method For Well Clean-Up - A system and method for clean-up and subsea intervention operations in a subsea well or installation, including a light well intervention vessel configured to deploy and connect a subsea well intervention package on a subsea well or installation, and configured to perform subsea intervention operations; and an auxiliary vessel directly coupled to the same subsea well or installation and configured to receive and treat returns from the subsea well.02-16-2012
20120305259ANNULUS VENT SYSTEM FOR SUBSEA WELLHEAD ASSEMBLY - A wellhead system for producing hydrocarbons from a subterranean formation that includes concentric tubulars that form an annulus. The annulus is vented by flowing fluid from the annulus through a bleed line having a valve that is selectively opened and closed. Upstream of the bleed line valve, the bleed line is routed adjacent a production flow line. The temperature of the fluid in the production flow line is greater than annulus temperature and warms the bleed line. Hydrate formation in the bleed line is thereby inhibited by the thermal energy it receives from the production flow line.12-06-2012
20120305258Method for increasing subsea accumulator volume - In a subsea system where subsea devices are operated using a pressurized fluid from one or more accumulators, the method of providing flow of pressurized fluid to operate a device which is greater than the flow from an accumulator providing the flow, comprising discharging the accumulator to drive one or more motors, driving one or more pumps by the one or more motors, the one or more pumps having a larger displacement than the one or more motors such that the one or more pump outputs a greater volume of fluid than the motor consumes, and delivering the output of the one or more pumps to operated the subsea device.12-06-2012
20110005765Sampling Skid for Subsea Wells - A system for sampling production well production fluids from a manifold interface panel on a subsea production manifold. In some embodiments, the system includes a remotely operated vehicle, a skid coupled to the remotely operated vehicle, a sample tank supported on the skid, and a fluid transfer pump operable to convey production fluid from at least one of the production wells through the manifold interface panel into the sample tank.01-13-2011
20120247781SUBSEA HYDROCARBON RECOVERY - The present invention relates to recovery of hydrocarbons being released subsea in an uncontrolled manner. More specifically, the invention relates to an apparatus, process and system for the recovery of well stream products being released subsea in an uncontrolled manner, optionally under conditions that are conducive to the formation of gas hydrate crystals.10-04-2012
20120000664Acoustically Controlled Subsea Latching and Sealing System and Method for an Oilfield Device - An acoustic control system wirelessly operates a subsea latching assembly or other subsea device, such as an active seal. The acoustic control system may control a subsea first accumulator to release its stored hydraulic fluid to operate the latch assembly or other subsea device, such as an active seal. An RCD or other oilfield device may be unlatched or latched with the latching assembly. The acoustic control system may have a surface control unit, a subsea control unit, and two or more acoustic signal devices. A valve may allow switching from an umbilical line system to the acoustic control system accumulator.01-05-2012
20120006556SYSTEM AND METHOD OF PROVIDING HIGH PRESSURE FLUID INJECTION WITH METERING USING LOW PRESSURE SUPPLY LINES - An apparatus that includes a chemical-injection management system of a sub-sea oil and gas extraction system. The chemical-injection management system may include a flow path having an inlet and an outlet. The chemical-injection management system may also include a pump disposed in the flow path between the inlet and the outlet; wherein the pump is configured to increase the pressure of a fluid flow through the flow path.01-12-2012
20120205117Travel Joint Having an Infinite Slot Mechanism for Space Out Operations in a Wellbore - A travel joint (08-16-2012
20120152558HEAT TRANSPORT DEAD LEG - The invention concerns a subsea system transporting fluid, wherein the subsea system comprises a first part having a flow path carrying a flow of fluid and at least a second part having a flow path provided for carrying fluid. The second part is temporarily being closed off from the flow path of the first part of the subsea system. The heat from the fluid transported in the first part of the subsea system is transferred to the second part by a heat conducting structure establishing a contact between the first and second part of the subsea system, to prevent the formation of hydrates in the second part of the subsea system.06-21-2012
20110088910MONITORING SYSTEM FOR PIPELINES OR RISERS IN FLOATING PRODUCTION INSTALLATIONS - A method of monitoring a subsea pipeline system connecting one or more wells to a floating production system, wherein the pipeline system is at least partially flexible, the method comprises installing a continuous optical fibre distributed sensor as part of the pipeline system, the sensor capable of providing a distributed measurement of temperature, vibration, pressure or strain, or any combination thereof; using the sensor to obtain a distributed measurement of temperature, vibration, pressure and/or strain along at least part of the pipeline system indexed to a length thereof; and using the distributed measurement to predict the actual condition of the fluid, the pipeline system and/or the adjacent sea water using a model. A subsea pipeline system for connecting one or more wells to a floating production system, wherein the pipeline system comprises at least one partially flexible pipeline; a continuous optical fibre distributed sensor installed as part of the pipeline capable of providing a distributed measurement of temperature and/or strain; means for obtaining a distributed measurement of temperature, vibration or strain, or combinations thereof, along at least part of the pipeline system indexed to a length thereof from the sensor; and means for using the distributed measurement to manage operation of the system. Preferably, the system comprises means for modelling expected pipeline behaviour using the distributed measurement as an input; and means for using the modelled behaviour to manage operation of the system.04-21-2011
20120125623COLLECTOR FOR CAPTURING FLOW DISCHARGED FROM A SUBSEA BLOWOUT - A collector for capturing flow discharged from a subsea blowout includes a tubular housing having a containment chamber; a seal connected to the housing; a tubular chimney connected to the housing, having a portion of a subsea connector, and having a diameter less than a diameter of the containment chamber; and a head connected to the housing and the chimney.05-24-2012
20120160507APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR RECOVERING FLUIDS FROM A WELL AND/OR INJECTING FLUIDS INTO A WELL - Methods and apparatus for diverting fluids either into or from a well are described. Some embodiments include a diverter conduit that is located in a bore of a tree. The invention relates especially but not exclusively to a diverter assembly connected to a wing branch of a tree. Some embodiments allow diversion of fluids out of a tree to a subsea processing apparatus followed by the return of at least some of these fluids to the tree for recovery. Alternative embodiments provide only one flowpath and do not include the return of any fluids to the tree. Some embodiments can be retro-fitted to existing trees, which can allow the performance of a new function without having to replace the tree. Multiple diverter assembly embodiments are also described.06-28-2012
20120160506METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR EVACUATING HYDROCARBONS FROM A DISTRESSED WELL - A method of evacuating hydrocarbons from a plurality of nested tubulars of a well pipe, extending from an underwater well tree, includes attaching a fluid transmission line to the underwater well tree, the fluid transmission line having one end portion forming the attachment to the tree and the other end portion attached to a pump that forces fluid under pressure to the tree and attached nested tubulars. Openings are formed through one or more tubulars at a selected location. A specially configured fitting is attached to the tubulars. The fitting seals the openings. The fitting has an expandable seal that is expandable responsive to rotation of a rotating member that rotates upon a saddle, pulling a tapered mandrel against the seal. The saddle surrounds the mandrel and bears against an outer tubular of the nested tubulars. The fitting mandrel has a bore through which hydrocarbons escape from the tubulars.06-28-2012
20120211233SCUTTLE FOR THE MONITORING AND INSPECTION OF A FLEXIBLE RISER - The present invention relates to an apparatus for inspecting and monitoring flexible collection and production lines in real time, rendering possible constant tracking of the condition of the internal structures of a flexible riser, specifically of the tensile armour thereof.08-23-2012
20120073823SYSTEM FOR SUBSEA EXTRACTION OF GASEOUS MATERIALS FROM, AND PREVENTION, OF HYDRATES - A system for subsea extraction of gaseous materials from and preventing the formation of hydrates.03-29-2012
20120186820Modular Backup Fluid Supply System - A system and method to allow backup or alternate fluid flow routes around malfunctioning components using removable, modular component sets. In one exemplary embodiment, an ROV establishes a backup hydraulic flow to a BOP function by attaching one end of a hose to a modular valve block and the other end to an intervention shuttle valve, thus circumventing and isolating malfunctioning components. A compound intervention shuttle valve is provided that comprises first and second primary inlets, first and second secondary inlets, and an outlet. A modular valve block is provided that comprises a directional control valve, a pilot valve, a manifold pressure regulator, a pilot pressure regulator, stab type hydraulic connections and an electrical wet-make connection.07-26-2012
20120227975WATER INJECTION SYSTEMS AND METHODS - There is disclosed a system comprising a well drilled into an underground formation comprising hydrocarbons; a production facility at a topside of the well; a water production facility connected to the production facility; wherein the water production facility produces water by passing the water through a first and a second nanofiltration module, and then injects the water into the well.09-13-2012
20110253379METHOD FOR MODIFYING AN EXISTING SUBSEA ARRANGED OIL PRODUCTION WELL, AND A THUS MODIFIED OIL PRODUCTION WELL - Method to modify an existing subsea arranged oil production well having installed a hydraulically operated downhole valve, characterized in using coiled tubing technology to: arrange an electrically operated downhole pump in the production tubing, lock the hydraulically operated downhole valve in an open position by placing a sleeve body in the open positioned valve, arrange an electrically operated downhole valve above the downhole pump. A modified oil production well.10-20-2011
20120318516SUBSEA CONNECTOR WITH A LATCHING ASSEMBLY - A subsea connection device for connecting to an existing subsea joint comprises a body having a central axis, a first end, a second end opposite the first end, and a throughbore extending axially from the first end to the second end. The first end comprises a connector configured to couple the body to a capping stack. In addition, the device comprises a seal element mounted in the throughbore at the second end of the body. Further, the device comprises a latching assembly disposed about the second end of the body. The latching assembly includes a base coupled to the body and a plurality of circumferentially spaced latching members pivotally coupled to the base.12-20-2012
20090255682Large Bore Vertical Tree - A subsea wellhead assembly that includes a wellhead housing, a production tree, a tubing hanger adapted to land in the wellhead assembly inside the wellhead housing, and a bore formed through the production tree having an inner diameter greater than the tubing hanger outer diameter. A hanger adapter may be included having an annular body disposed on the tubing hanger upper surface and a flange member projecting radially outward from the annular body.10-15-2009
20130008662CLAMPING ARRANGEMENT - A mudline connector including a compression adaptor which can be elastically deformed onto an internal tubular member. The compression adaptor deflects inwardly to grip upper and lower sealing mandrels, providing axial and bending load support and creating a seal to isolate bore pressure from an outer annulus. The clamping arrangement provides a sealed connection between two well casing sections extending in opposite axial directions. The well casings are gripped and held in an end to end configuration by a radial load applied internally by a compression ring. The connector is activated by introducing pressure to activate pistons which in turn provide an axial thrust to stroke the internally tapered compression ring along the externally tapered compression collar, effectively creating an interference fit therebetween. This deflects the inner surface of the compression collar inwardly, deflecting the compression adaptor inwardly to grip the outer surfaces of the upper and lower sealing mandrels.01-10-2013
20130014955METHODS OF LIMITING OR REDUCING THE AMOUNT OF OIL IN A SEA USING A FLUID DIRECTORAANM FRIPP; Michael L.AACI CarrolltonAAST TXAACO USAAGP FRIPP; Michael L. Carrollton TX USAANM DYKSTRA; Jason D.AACI CarrolltonAAST TXAACO USAAGP DYKSTRA; Jason D. Carrollton TX US - According to an embodiment, a method of limiting the amount of oil in a sea comprises: positioning a device for directing the flow of a fluid adjacent to a wellhead, wherein the device comprises: a first fluid passageway; a second fluid passageway; a third fluid passageway, wherein the first fluid passageway is operatively connected to the second and third fluid passageways; and a fluid director, wherein the fluid director is operatively connected to the first, second, and third fluid passageways, and wherein depending on at least one of the properties of a fluid, the fluid director directs the fluid to increasingly flow into the second or third fluid passageways. This embodiment is useful in limiting the amount of oil when a blowout has occurred. According to another embodiment, a method of reducing the amount of oil in a sea comprises: inserting at least one component of the device for directing the flow of a fluid into a portion of a sea, wherein the portion of the sea comprises the oil, and wherein depending on at least one of the properties of a fluid, the fluid director directs the fluid to increasingly flow into the second or third fluid passageways. This embodiment is useful for reducing the amount of oil in a sea when an oil slick has occurred.01-17-2013
20120241161FLUSHING SYSTEM - An apparatus for circulating well fluids in an intervention system is described. The apparatus comprises at least one subsea storage vessel adapted to be located adjacent a subsea intervention system, a first conduit adapted to provide fluid communication between the at least one storage vessel and the intervention system, a second conduit adapted to provide fluid communication between the at least one storage vessel and the intervention system and at least one pump adapted to pump fluid from the at least one storage vessel to the intervention system or from the intervention system to the at least one storage vessel through said first and/or second conduits.09-27-2012
20110259596Configurations and Methods for Improved Subsea Production Control - Systems and methods of production control are contemplated in which one or more multiphase flow meters are operationally coupled to a production conduit to provide flow and compositional information for the fluid in the production conduit. Data from the multiphase flow meter are then provided to a control system that uses the data to control operation of one or more choke valves of one or more well heads that are fluidly coupled to the production conduit.10-27-2011
20130112420BLOWOUT PREVENTOR ACTUATION TOOL - A tool for actuating a blow out preventer includes one or more connections for receiving hydraulic power from a remotely operated vehicle (“ROV”), a first pump for increasing pressure of an operating fluid for the blowout preventer (“BOP”), a second pump for increasing flow rate of the operating fluid, and a conductor for transporting the operating fluid to the BOP. The tool rapidly increases the pressure and flow rate of the fluid flowing to the BOP, and the BOP may be rapidly closed.05-09-2013
20130118754Thermal Hydrate Preventer - Systems and methods for the prevention or dissolution of hydrates in an undersea well. One example system includes a submersible isolation bell for capturing effluent being exhausted from the well, and an umbilical. A power cable supplies electric power to the submersible isolation bell, for example for heating of the interior of the submersible isolation bell to prevent or discourage the formation of methane hydrates and the precipitation of other byproducts. Diluents may be supplied to the submersible isolation bell to further discourage the formation of hydrates and precipitation of other byproducts. The diluents may be heated locally at the submersible isolation bell, using electric power supplied by the power cable. A conformable seal may substantially seal the submersible isolation bell to a riser or other structure at the wellhead.05-16-2013
20130146301SUBSEA STRUCTURE FLOWLINE CONNECTOR ASSEMBLY - A subsea structure flowline connection assembly has a subsea structure with a flowline therein, a junction plate affixed to the subsea structure so as to support a flowline connector thereon, a receptacle affixed to or adjacent to the junction plate, and a fly-in connector assembly having a connector thereon. The connector of the fly-in connector assembly being engaged with the flowline connector of the junction plate. The fly-in connector assembly having a flow passageway in communication with the connector of the fly-in connector assembly. The receptacle has at least one slot formed therein. The fly-in connector assembly has an insert member slidably received by the slot. The fly-in connector assembly has an actuator coupled to the connector thereof so as to allow an ROV to rotate an end effector so as to move the connector of the fly-in connector assembly toward the flowline connector.06-13-2013
20120273214Connection System for Subsea Flow Interface Equipment - A connection system for connecting flow interface equipment to a subsea manifold is disclosed. The connection system relates particularly to a connection apparatus adapted to land a conduit means on a subsea manifold in a first stage of the connection and to connect a conduit means of the connection apparatus to a choke body of the manifold in a second stage of the connection.11-01-2012
20120018165Marine Well Containment System and Method - A system and method for rapidly responding to and regaining control of uncontrolled flow from offshore hydrocarbon wells, comprising a subsea containment assembly, optionally including a capture caisson assembly installed around the assembly, riser systems for production of hydrocarbons to capture vessels on the surface of the sea, and modularized subsystems facilitating communication between and fluid flow from the subsea containment assembly through the riser to the capture vessel.01-26-2012
20120043090IMPROVED SUBSEA RISER SYSTEM - An improved riser system which comprises a connector for connecting conduits and a mooring system for mooring the connector to the floor of a body of water. The connector may include a pivoting device. The improved riser system also comprises a buoy system for supporting the connector. The buoy system is configured to provide a fixed buoyancy for the connector, the mooring system and at least a portion of the conduits and for providing variable buoyancy for placement of the connector at a predetermined water depth. The improved riser system may also include a flexible conduit made of titanium.02-23-2012
20120073822Fluid Treatment System - A fluid treatment system comprises a fluid treatment module having a fluid inlet and first and second fluid outlets. A pump is provided to establish a first pressure differential between the fluid inlet and one of the first and second fluid outlets of the fluid treatment module, and an eductor is provided to establish a second pressure differential between the fluid inlet and the other of the first and second fluid outlets of the fluid treatment module. The pump is adapted to deliver a motive fluid to the eductor.03-29-2012

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