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166308100 Fracturing (EPO) 257
166307000 Attacking formation 20
166306000 Fluid enters and leaves well at spaced zones 5
20090288833SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR CONSTRUCTING AND FRACTURE STIMULATING MULTIPLE ULTRA-SHORT RADIUS LATERALS FROM A PARENT WELL - Systems and methods for multi-lateral wellbore construction and stimulation from cased parent wellbores. Methods and apparatus are provided to facilitate the creation of casing exit openings in the casing of parent wellbores. Methods and systems are provided for azimuthally and longitudinally aligning drilling assemblies through openings in a parent wellbore casing are provided to allow for drilling multiple lateral wellbores extending outwardly from a parent wellbore. A method of stimulating one or more subterranean zones intersected by multiple lateral wellbores extending outwardly from one or more patent wellbores includes the steps of: simultaneously injecting a stimulation fluid into the lateral wellbores; and stimulating the zones intersected by the lateral wellbores in response to the stimulation fluid injecting step.11-26-2009
20090294128Wellbore Method and Apparatus for Completion, Production and Injection - A method, system and apparatus associated with the production of hydrocarbons are described. One apparatus includes a swellable packer element around a primary and a secondary flow path, wherein the packer is configured to block flow in a portion of a wellbore annulus. One method includes disposing sand control devices having shunt tubes and a packer within a wellbore adjacent to a subsurface reservoir. The packer is then set within an interval, which may be an open-hole section of the wellbore. With the packer set, gravel packing of the sand control devices in different intervals may be performed. Then, hydrocarbons are produced from the wellbore by passing hydrocarbons through the sand control devices with the different intervals providing zonal isolation. In some embodiments, intervals may be alternatively packed and plugged, wherein the plugged intervals are not packed. In addition, the method may also include disposing the sand control devices and packer into the wellbore in conditioned drilling fluid. The conditioned drilling fluid may be displaced adjacent to the sand control devices by a carrier fluid. Again, once the packer is set, the gravel packing the intervals with the carrier fluid having gravel may be performed.12-03-2009
20110253373TRANSPORT AND ANALYSIS DEVICE FOR USE IN A BOREHOLE - A fluid conveyable device having an interior space receives a payload that may be transported along at least a section of a borehole. The device includes a access control member for conveying the payload between the interior and the exterior of the fluid conveyable device.10-20-2011
20100012324TOP FILLING TUBING - A method of top-filling a drill pipe string comprises injecting fluid into the upper end of the string. Apparatus for use in top-filling a drill pipe string comprises an injector adapted to co-operate with the upper end of a drill pipe string, whereby fluid may be pumped through the injector and into the string.01-21-2010
20120273205METHOD, SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR SUBSURFACE FLOW MANIPULATION - Described embodiments relate to methods, systems and infrastructure for flow manipulation within a porous volume. Some embodiments relate to a method of subsurface flow manipulation, comprising: 11-01-2012
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20130025866INTEGRATED PROCESS UTILIZING NITROGEN AND CARBON DIOXIDE STREAMS FOR ENHANCED OIL RECOVERY - Disclosed is an integrated enhanced oil recovery process and system for use in recovering relatively light oil from an oil-producing reservoir utilizing the injection of nitrogen produced by air separation in a cryogenic air separation unit and/or carbon dioxide produced by combustion in an oxygen fired steam generator fed by oxygen from the air separation unit. The steam produced may be utilized for suitable uses other than injection into an oil-producing reservoir, including heat generation and driving steam turbines, which in turn drive rotary equipment such as electrical generators, pumps and compressors.01-31-2013
20130037270APPARATUS, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR INJECTING A FLUID INTO A FORMATION DOWNHOLE - A method is disclosed, including but not limited to positioning a tool containing an injection liquid in a well bore formed in a formation; injecting the injection liquid through a probe into the formation; and withdrawing formation fluid from the formation through the probe. A system is disclosed for performing functions useful in positioning a tool containing an injection liquid in a well bore formed in a formation; injecting the injection liquid through a probe into the formation; and withdrawing formation fluid from the formation through the probe.02-14-2013
20130081817Responsively Activated Wellbore Stimulation Assemblies and Methods of Using the Same - A wellbore servicing apparatus comprising a housing substantially defining an axial flowbore and comprising one or more ports, an expandable seat, and a sliding sleeve slideably fitted within the housing, the sliding sleeve being transitional from a first position to a second position and from the second position to a third position, wherein, in the first position, the sliding sleeve does not permit fluid communication via the one or more ports and the expandable seat is retained in a narrower, non-expanded conformation, wherein, in the second position, the sliding sleeve permits fluid communication via the one or more ports and the expandable seat is retained in a narrower, non-expanded conformation, and wherein, in the third position, the sliding sleeve does not permit fluid communication via the one or more ports and the expandable seat is allowed to expand into a wider, expanded conformation.04-04-2013
20130081818METHOD EMPLOYING PRESSURE TRANSIENTS IN HYDROCARBON RECOVERY OPERATIONS - The invention relates to methods to induce pressure transients in fluids for use in hydrocarbon recovery operations. The invention is further characterized by inducing the pressure transients in a fluid by a collision process. The collision process employs a moving object (04-04-2013
20120181028Method and system for servicing a wellbore - A method of servicing a wellbore, comprising transporting a plurality of wellbore servicing equipment to a well site associated with the wellbore, accessing a water source to form a water stream from the water source to at least one of the plurality of wellbore servicing equipment, passing a direct electrical current through the water stream obtained from the water source to coalesce an undissolved solid phase and an undissolved organic phase in the water stream, separating the coalesced undissolved solid phase and the coalesced undissolved organic phase from the water stream to yield a substantially single-phase water stream, adding ozone to the substantially single-phase water stream to yield an ozonated water stream, irradiating the ozonated water stream with ultraviolet light to yield an irradiated water stream, forming a wellbore servicing fluid using the irradiated water stream, and placing the wellbore servicing fluid into the wellbore.07-19-2012
20130048290INJECTION OF FLUID INTO SELECTED ONES OF MULTIPLE ZONES WITH WELL TOOLS SELECTIVELY RESPONSIVE TO MAGNETIC PATTERNS - A method of actuating a well tool can include displacing a magnetic device pattern in the well, thereby transmitting a corresponding magnetic signal to the well tool, and the well tool actuating in response to detection of the magnetic signal. A method of injecting fluid into selected ones of multiple zones penetrated by a wellbore can include displacing at least one magnetic device into at least one valve in the wellbore, the valve actuating in response to the displacing step, and injecting the fluid through the valve and into at least one of the zones associated with the valve. An injection valve for use in a subterranean well can include a sensor which detects a magnetic field, and an actuator which opens the injection valve in response to detection of at least one predetermined magnetic signal by the sensor.02-28-2013
20100326662Viscous Oil Recovery Using Emulsions - The present invention is directed to a method of generating a basic water-in-oil emulsion for use in recovering hydrocarbons from a subterranean formation. The emulsion may be used to displace hydrocarbons from the formation. The emulsions used are ‘basic’ in the sense that they do not have added surfactants and are not solid-stabilized. The emulsions are made using a hydrocarbon having at least one of the following properties: (i) greater than five weight percent (wt %) asphaltene content, (ii) greater than two wt % sulfur content, and (iii) less than 22 dyne/cm interfacial tension between the hydrocarbon liquid and the aqueous liquid.12-30-2010
20110000671Low Emission Power Generation and Hydrocarbon Recovery Systems and Methods - Methods and systems for low emission power generation in hydrocarbon recovery processes are provided. One system includes integrated pressure maintenance and miscible flood systems with low emission power generation. The system may also include integration of a pressure swing reformer (PSR), air-blown auto-thermal reformer (ATR), or oxygen-blown ATR with a gas power turbine system, preferably a combined cycle gas power turbine system. Such systems may be employed to capture and utilize greenhouse gases (GHG) and generate power for use in hydrocarbon recovery operations.01-06-2011
20130087338WELLBORE OPERATIONS USING CONTROLLED VARIABLE DENSITY FLUID - Fluid systems may contain elements to provide changes in bulk fluid density in response to various environmental conditions. One environmental driver to the variable density is pressure; other environmental drivers include, but are not limited to, temperature or changes in chemistry. The variable density of the fluid is beneficial for controlling sub-surface pressures within desirable pore pressure and fracture gradient envelopes. The variability of fluid density permits construction and operation of a wellbore with much longer hole sections than when using conventional single gradient fluids.04-11-2013
20130087339METHOD TO REDUCE GHG EMISSIONS OF FUEL PRODUCTION - The present invention provides a method comprising carrying out an anaerobic digestion that produces biomethane and biogenic carbon dioxide and supplying the biogenic carbon dioxide for use in one or more enhanced oil or gas recovery operations. The biogenic carbon dioxide supplied to the one or more enhanced oil or gas recovery operations displaces the use of geologic carbon dioxide. Further provided is a method to reduce the life cycle GHG emissions associated with the production of a liquid fuel or fuel intermediate in a fuel production facility by providing such biomethane for use in the fuel production facility or associated utilities to supply energy. The present invention also relates to a method for receiving carbon dioxide at an enhanced oil or gas recovery site that has the GHG emission attributes of the biogenic carbon dioxide and using the received carbon dioxide to displace geologic carbon dioxide.04-11-2013
20130056211POLYAMINE-DIHYDROXYBENZOIC ACID CONJUGATE HYDROGELS AS IRON CHELATORS - Compositions and methods for making a composition comprising a polymer and one or more chelators covalently coupled to polymer, wherein the one or more chelators has a benzene ring with more than one hydroxyl group at any position that is free, or a derivative of the chelator, or a salt of the chelator and methods of use.03-07-2013
20120217012METHOD OF INTRODUCING TREATMENT AGENTS INTO A WELL OR FLOW CONDUIT - A treatment agent retained in a housing may be slowly and continuously released into a targeted area in a well or in a flow conduit. The housing contains a confinement area. Movement of the treatment agent is limited in the confinement area by a retainer.08-30-2012
20120217011Apparatus and method for high pressure abrasive fluid injection - A system for injecting high pressure abrasive fluid into an abrasive jet tool in a wellbore comprises an abrasives hopper; a slurry tank connected to the abrasives hopper; a low pressure abrasive pump connected to the slurry tank; a first high pressure vessel connected to the low pressure pump through a first high pressure valve; a high pressure non-abrasive pump connected to the first high pressure vessel through a second high pressure valve; and an abrasive jet tool connected to the first high pressure vessel through a third high pressure valve.08-30-2012
20090277641Methods of using a lower-quality water for use as some of the water in the forming and delivering of a treatment fluid into a wellbore - The inventions are for methods of forming and delivering a treatment fluid into a wellbore. In one aspect, methods are provided of treating a base aqueous solution to obtain a first aqueous solution, for example, to have a substantially reduced concentration of at least one component relative to the concentration of the component in the base aqueous solution, and using the first aqueous solution and a lower-quality water, such as the base aqueous solution, to form a treatment fluid. The first aqueous solution and the lower-quality water are merged after pumping the fluid portions toward the wellbore. The component is selected for being deleterious to the use or performance of a treatment fluid. More particularly, the component is selected from the group consisting of: a dissolved ion, oil, grease, a production chemical, and suspended, water-insoluble solids. This allows the use of lower-quality water for some of the water required for making up the treatment fluid.11-12-2009
20090266547Enzyme enhanced oil recovery (EEOR) for near wellbore treatment of oil and gas with greater than 50% barrel of oil equivalent (BOE) gas production - Disclosed is a system for injecting an enzymatic fluid composition into a gas or gas and oil near-well bore having a wide temperature range. The enzymatic fluid composition is a treatment for reducing oil deposits, asphaltenes, waxes, scale, or other hydrocarbon materials in a gas well or a combination gas/oil well where the production of gas is greater than 50% on a barrel of oil equivalent (BOE) basis.10-29-2009
20090266546Apparatus and Method For Discharging Multiple Fluids Downhole - An apparatus and a method are provided for discharging a plurality of fluids downhole. In one aspect, the apparatus may include a first chamber and a second chamber separated by movable barrier, wherein draining the fluid from the first chamber causes the barrier to move and allow an actuating member to drain the second fluid from the second chamber.10-29-2009
20130062066Multi-Zone Screened Fracturing System - A multi-zone formation treatment assembly has sections disposed on a tubular structure in a borehole. An isolation element disposed on the tubular structure that isolates a borehole annulus around the section from the other sections, and a flow valve disposed on the tubular structure is selectively operable between opened and closed conditions permitting and preventing fluid communication between the through-bore and the borehole annulus. A screen disposed on the tubular structure communicates with the borehole annulus, and a closure disposed on the tubular structure at least prevents fluid communication from the through-bore to the screen. A workstring of the assembly can be manipulated in the tubular structure relative to each section in the same trip to: open the flow valve, position in the through-bore relative to the open flow valve, deliver the treatment from an outlet to the section through the open flow valve, and close the flow valve.03-14-2013
20110011591TEMPORARY FLUID DIVERSION AGENTS FOR USE IN GEOTHERMAL WELL APPLICATIONS - Systems, methods and compositions for temporary sealing fractures in subterranean formations are herein disclosed. According to one embodiment, a composition comprising at least one constituent for temporary sealing a fracture in a subterranean well is provided. The degradation kinetics of the composition is dependent upon at least one degradation temperature-time parameter for designating a temperature range and a time at which the composition degrades.01-20-2011
20110011590USE OF AUTONOMOUS (SELF-ADJUSTING) VALVES IN INJECTORS IN OIL PRODUCTION - A method for injecting a fluid into an oil and or gas reservoir or formation, in which the fluid flows into the reservoir or formation through a plurality of autonomous valves or flow control devices (01-20-2011
20110011589Well Service Compositions for Consolidation of Particulates in Subterranean Coal Seams - A method of agglomerating coal particles in a subterranean formation having a coal seam, comprising the steps of providing (a) a fluid having an aqueous medium and a first collector and/or a frother; (b) pumping the fluid into the formation and (c) contacting coal particles in the formation thereby agglomerating the contacted coal particles.01-20-2011
20130068462Increased Resource Recovery by Inorganic and Organic Reactions and Subsequent Physical Actions that Modify Properties of the Subterranean Formation which Reduces Produced Water Waste and Increases Resource Utilization via Stimulation of Biogenic Methane Generation - Methods of resource recovery include reagents placed in a subterranean formation. The reagents generate heat, hydrogen gas and alkalinity which changes fluid flow characteristics. The forces of the reactions create fractures and cracks far from the well bore. These cracks and fractures are sealed if water is being transmitted through or near the reactions. As a result, the targeted fluids more efficiently flow to the well, along with decreased amounts of water waste, while stimulating generation of biogenic gases in the subterranean formations.03-21-2013
20120111567FORMATE SALTS FOR INCREASED STABILITY OF POLYACRYLAMIDE FLUIDS - Methods and apparatus for using a fluid within a subterranean formation, including forming a fluid comprising an acrylamide copolymer and a formate salt, and introducing the fluid to the subterranean formation, wherein a temperature of the formation is about 149° C. or warmer. Also, methods and apparatus for a fluid for use within a subterranean formation, including an acrylamide copolymer comprising polyacrylamide, a formate salt comprising potassium, and a crosslinker comprising zirconium. Additionally, methods and apparatus for using a fluid within in a subterranean formation, including forming a fluid comprising an acrylamide copolymer and a formate salt, and introducing proppant into the fluid to form a mixture, introducing the mixture to the subterranean formation, wherein a temperature of the formation is about 149° C. or warmer.05-10-2012
20130161010OIL RECOVERY PROCESS - The present invention provides a method for enhancing the recovery of oil from a formation. A hydrocarbon-containing gas and an ether are injected into an oil-bearing formation to mobilize the oil. The mobilized oil is then produced from the formation.06-27-2013
20110290492BLENDING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PREPARING EMULSIONS - Embodiments of the current application are generally related to systems and methods for preparing emulsions. In some embodiments, there is disclosed an on-site emulsifying system comprising a first fluid tank, a second fluid tank, a circulation loop comprising a buffer tank and a pump. The first fluid tank and the second fluid tank are in fluid communication with the circulation loop via a first fluid inlet pipe and a second fluid inlet pipe, respectively. An outlet pipe is in fluid communication with the circulation loop.12-01-2011
20110290491WELL SERVICING FLUID - A nano-dispersion well servicing fluid is disclosed. The well servicing fluid is formulated with components comprising: nanoparticles comprising at least one material chosen from aluminum oxides, aluminum hydroxides, aluminum hydroxyoxides, zirconium oxides, zirconium hydroxides, zirconium hydroxyoxides, wherein the concentration of nanoparticles is greater than 0.5% by weight based on the total weight of the nano-dispersion well servicing fluid. The well servicing fluid also comprises an aqueous base continuous phase. Methods of employing the nano-dispersion to service a wellbore are also disclosed.12-01-2011
20110155376DELIVERING WATER-SOLUBLE POLYSACCHARIDES FOR WELL TREATMENTS - A method is provided comprising the steps of: (a) providing a dispersion comprising: a water-soluble polysaccharide and a carrier fluid, wherein the carrier fluid comprises: (i) glycerol, and (ii) a mono-hydroxylic alcohol having 1-3 carbons, wherein the mono-hydroxylic alcohol is present in at least 0.1% by weight of the glycerol, wherein the polysaccharide is insoluble in the carrier fluid; (b) mixing the dispersion with at least water to form an aqueous well treatment fluid, wherein the polysaccharide is soluble in the aqueous phase of the aqueous wellbore treatment fluid; and (c) introducing the aqueous treatment fluid into a subterranean formation.06-30-2011
20110284226System And Method For Controlling One Or More Fluid Properties Within A Well In A Geological Volume - A property of fluid within a well in a geological volume is controlled. The property of the fluid may include fluid density, pressure gradient, temperature, foaming characteristics, and/or other fluid properties within the well. In particular, the fluid property is controlled discretely within different sections (e.g., at different depths) of the well. This may enhance the structural stability of the well.11-24-2011
20110284225Shear Tolerant Aqueous Based Fracturing Fluids and Methods - A method comprises providing a treatment fluid comprising a gelling agent, an aqueous base fluid, a buffer composition comprising a plurality of salts, and a crosslinking agent; and contacting a subterranean formation with the treatment fluid. The method may be used in subterranean formation having a temperature greater than about 200° F., and the treatment fluid useful with the method may have a high shear recovery greater than 100%.11-24-2011
20110272158High pressure manifold trailer and methods and systems employing the same - A method of servicing a subterranean formation with a servicing fluid, the method comprising providing a first component of the servicing fluid to a first high-pressure pump at a first pressure, providing a second component of the servicing fluid to a second high-pressure pump at a second pressure, increasing the pressure of the first component of the servicing fluid at the first high-pressure pump to a third pressure, wherein the third pressure is greater than the first pressure, increasing the pressure of the second component of the servicing fluid at the second high-pressure pump to a fourth pressure, wherein the fourth pressure is greater than the second pressure, communicating the first component of the servicing fluid to a high-pressure manifold, communicating the second component of the servicing fluid to the high-pressure manifold, communicating the first component of the servicing fluid from a first high-pressure manifold outlet to a wellhead located at a wellbore, communicating the second component of the servicing fluid from a second high-pressure manifold outlet to the wellhead, and mixing the first component of the servicing fluid and the second component of the servicing fluid at the wellhead to form the servicing fluid.11-10-2011
20090314493Method for controlled gelation of silicates - A process for forming a gel, which process comprises mixing an alkaline silicate solution with a polymer in solid form, the polymer being capable of being converted by hydrolysis into one or more organic acids; and allowing the polymer to release sufficient acid to cause formation of a silicate gel.12-24-2009
20120024529Stimuli-Responsive High Viscosity Pill - A method comprises providing a treatment fluid having a first viscosity comprising an aqueous base fluid; a viscoelastic surfactant; and a stimuli-responsive water-soluble polymer; introducing the treatment fluid into a subterranean formation; and allowing the treatment fluid viscosity to change to a second viscosity in response to a stimulus.02-02-2012
20100032162FILL UP AND CIRCULATION TOOL AND MUDSAVER VALVE - A fill-up and circulation tool includes a mandrel; a packer assembly is disposed around the mandrel; and a valve assembly connected to the mandrel, wherein the valve assembly is configured to selectively control fluid flow into the tool and out of the tool.02-11-2010
20110168395Methods of Fluid Loss Control and Fluid Diversion in Subterranean Formations - Improved methods of placing and/or diverting treatment fluids in subterranean formations are described. The methods include introducing a treatment fluid into a subterranean formation penetrated by a wellbore, wherein the treatment fluid comprises: a base fluid, and a plurality of solid particulates comprising at least one selected from the group consisting of: a scale inhibitor, a chelating agent, and a combination thereof, wherein the solid particulates are substantially insoluble in the base fluid; and allowing at least a portion of the solid particulates to form a barrier or at partially divert a subsequent fluid.07-14-2011
20100270019METHOD OF OBTAINING A TREATMENT COMPOSITION FOR IMPROVING THE PRODUCTIVITY OF HYDROCARBON PRODUCING WELLS - A method of obtaining a treatment composition for treating a hydrocarbon-bearing clastic formation having brine therein to enhance recovery of hydrocarbon from the formation. The method comprises: obtaining a formation information set comprising a temperature value, brine content value, and brine composition data obtained from a geological zone of the hydrocarbon-bearing clastic formation; comparing the formation information set to a compatibility information set to generate a comparison information set, the compatibility information set comprising compatibility information for at least at least one model brine and at least one model composition at least one model temperature; selecting a treatment composition based, at least in part, on the at least one comparison information set, wherein the treatment composition comprises a second surfactant dissolved in a second solvent; and obtaining the treatment composition for treating the hydrocarbon-bearing clastic formation to enhance recovery of hydrocarbon from the formation.10-28-2010
20090255678Water Treatment by Chemical-Mechanical Process - Systems and methods for treating aqueous fluids and their associated methods of use are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method comprises providing an untreated aqueous fluid with a first concentration of a contaminant. The method further comprises chemically treating the aqueous fluid to precipitate at least a portion of the contaminant. The method further comprises mechanically treating the aqueous fluid to remove at least some of the precipitated contaminant from the aqueous fluid, and to produce a treated water with a second concentration of the contaminant, wherein mechanically treating the aqueous fluid comprises flowing the aqueous fluid through a centrifuge. The method further comprises placing the treated water in a first well bore of the well treatment operation.10-15-2009
20090308613METHOD AND APPARATUS TO TREAT A WELL WITH HIGH ENERGY DENSITY FLUID - The invention relates to methods and apparatuses for the subterranean injection of reactive substances like propellants into wellbores and subterranean reservoirs. These methods and apparatuses controls the temperature of a reactive substance for safe handling at surface and controls the decomposition rate of the substances in the subterranean environment. In addition, these methods and apparatuses provide a means for safe dilution of reactive fluids in the event of a leak or spillage of the reactive substance.12-17-2009
20090095482Method and System for Centralized Well Treatment - A method of servicing multiple well locations from a central location is disclosed that includes the steps of configuring a central location for distribution of well development task fluids to centralized service factories through fluid lines; preparing the treatment fluids at the centralized service factories; and treating wells with the treatment fluids according to well development tasks associated with each well. A system for centralized well treatment operations is disclosed that includes a centralized well treatment center which pumps well development task fluids to centralized service factories; a plurality of systems with well development mechanisms; a first connection and second connection between a well and the centralized service factories, wherein the connections are directed to flowing and recovering treatment fluids respectively; a third and fourth connection between another well and the well treatment factory, wherein the connections are directed to flowing and recovering treatment fluids respectively.04-16-2009
20130098619SPLIT STREAM OILFIELD PUMPING SYSTEMS - A method of pumping an oilfield fluid from a well surface to a wellbore is provided that includes providing a clean stream; operating one or more clean pumps to pump the clean stream from the well surface to the wellbore; providing a dirty stream including a solid material disposed in a fluid carrier; and operating one or more dirty pumps to pump the dirty stream from the well surface to the wellbore, wherein the clean stream and the dirty stream together form said oilfield fluid.04-25-2013
20100282468FRACTURING FLUID COMPOSITIONS COMPRISING SOLID EPOXY PARTICLES AND METHODS OF USE - Fluid compositions and methods of making and using same are described, the fluid compositions comprising at least one solid epoxy particle, at least one epoxy resin curing agent, and at least one type of proppant particles. The methods comprise deploying a fluid composition into a wellbore extending to a subterranean geological formation using pressure sufficient to form a fracture in the subterranean geological formation, and immobilizing at least a portion of the solid epoxy particles and proppant particles in the fracture. Embodiments of the fluid compositions are useful for increasing hydrocarbon production from subterranean geologic formations, and/or controlling solids migration in such formations.11-11-2010
20100006292Methods and Systems for Determination of Fluid Invasion in Reservoir Zones - Methods and systems are described for stimulating a subterranean hydrocarbon-bearing reservoir, one method comprising contacting the formation with a treating fluid, and monitoring the movement of the treating fluid in the reservoir by providing one or more sensors for measurement of temperature and/or pressure which is disposed on a support adapted to maintain a given spacing between the sensors and the fluid exit. In some embodiments the support is coiled tubing. This abstract allows a searcher or other reader to quickly ascertain the subject matter of the disclosure. It will not be used to interpret or limit the scope or meaning of the claims.01-14-2010
20120292029LINEAR PRESSURE REDUCER FOR REGULATING INJECTION PRESSURE IN AN ENHANCED OIL RECOVERY SYSTEM - Linear pressure reducer apparatus for regulating injection pressure of a water-soluble polymer solution in injection wellheads, in an enhanced oil recovery system, including modules connected in series to the main injection pipe and each consisting of tubes of identical diameter but variable length, the apparatus allows variations to be made to pressure drop by adjusting the length of the tube through which the solution flows by closing or opening modules, without substantial degradation to the viscosity of the solution during its passage through the module. Installation for enhanced oil recovery implementing the apparatus.11-22-2012
20110265997VISCOSIFICATION AND FOAMING OF POLYACRYLAMIDES - Embodiments of the invention relate to a method for treating a subterranean formation, comprising forming a fluid comprising polyacrylamide and a biopolymer and introducing the fluid to a subterranean formation wherein the polyacrylamide and biopolymer are selected to form the fluid with a longer foam half life and a higher viscosity than if only one polymer were selected. Embodiments of the invention relate to a method for treating a subterranean formation, comprising forming a fluid comprising polyacrylamide and a biopolymer and introducing the fluid to a subterranean formation wherein the polyacrylamide does not alter biopolymer crosslinking.11-03-2011
20080251255STEAM INJECTION APPARATUS FOR STEAM ASSISTED GRAVITY DRAINAGE TECHNIQUES - Steam injection pipe string apparatus is disclosed comprising an elongated tubular structure with first and second ends, and a plurality of orifices formed in the elongated tubular structure. The sizes of the orifices vary from one end of the elongated tubular structure to the other, and, in one embodiment, the sizes of the orifices increase from one end of the elongated tubular structure to the other. The elongated tubular structure may comprise a plurality of blank pipes in threaded engagement with one another or a plurality of subs with different sized orifices in the subs. The orifices may be formed in the elongated tubular structure using milling techniques or by inserting a nozzle in a threaded aperture formed in the structure. A system utilizing the steam injection pipe string apparatus is especially suitable for use in a steam assisted gravity drainage system.10-16-2008
20110198086Hydrate Control In A Cyclic Solvent-Dominated Hydrocarbon Recovery Process - The present invention relates generally to in situ hydrate control during hydrocarbon production when applying a recovery method utilizing cyclic injection of light hydrocarbon solvents. Hydrate formation is limited by creating an energy reserve within a hydrocarbon reservoir adjacent to the wellbore. A heated solvent is injected during an injection phase of a cyclic solvent dominated recovery process to form a heated region adjacent to the wellbore at the end of an injection cycle. The energy reserve is used to act against the evaporative cooling effect caused by subsequent production and associated depressurization to maintain reservoir conditions outside of hydrate formation conditions. In situ conditions are estimated and injected energy amounts are controlled.08-18-2011
20090166042PURGING OF FIBER OPTIC CONDUITS IN SUBTERRANEAN WELLS - Purging of fiber optic conduits in subterranean wells. A downhole optical sensing system includes an optical line, at least two tubular conduits, one conduit being positioned within the other conduit, and the optical line being positioned within at least one of the conduits, and a purging medium flowed in one direction through one conduit, and flowed in an opposite direction between the conduits. A method of purging a downhole optical sensing system includes the steps of: installing at least two conduits and an optical line in a well as part of the sensing system, one conduit being positioned within the other conduit, and the optical line being positioned within at least one of the conduits; and flowing a purging medium through the conduits in the well, so that the purging medium flows in one direction through one conduit and in an opposite direction between the conduits.07-02-2009
20090277640Methods of using a higher-quality water with an unhydrated hydratable additive allowing the use of a lower-quality water as some of the water in the forming and delivering of a treatment fluid into a wellbore - The inventions are for methods of forming and delivering a treatment fluid into a wellbore. In one aspect, methods are provided of using higher-quality water for one portion of the water for a treatment fluid and lower-quality water for another portion of the water for a treatment fluid, and merging the two portions to form the treatment fluid after pumping the fluid portions toward the wellbore. This allows the use of lower-quality water for some of the water required for making up the treatment fluid.11-12-2009
20080277119Method and Apparatus to Hydraulically Bypass a Well Tool - Apparatuses and methods to communicate with a zone below a subsurface safety valve (11-13-2008
20080283247PORTABLE AND MODULAR SYSTEM FOR EXTRACTING PETROLEUM AND GENERATING POWER - An embodiment is a portable, modular apparatus, having one or more modules, for recovering oil from an oil well and generating electric power, and including a chassis to support a fuel reformer, a gas separator, a power generator, and/or a compressor. The fuel reformer module is adapted to react a fuel source with water to generate driver gas including a mixture of carbon dioxide gas and hydrogen gas. The gas separator module is operatively coupled to the reformer module and is adapted to separate at least a portion of the hydrogen gas from the rest of the driver gas. The power generator module is operatively coupled to the gas separator module and is adapted to generate electric power using a portion of the separated hydrogen gas. The compressor module is operatively coupled to the reformer module and is adapted to compress a portion of the driver gas, and to eject the driver gas at high pressure into the oil well for enhanced oil recovery. The chassis may be mounted and carried by a truck, boat, airplane, or other vehicle to the location of the oil well.11-20-2008
20130118747Cleanup Fluids for Anhydrous Borate Compounds and Methods for Use Thereof in Subterranean Formations - Anhydrous borate compounds can be used in a variety of subterranean treatment operations, where particulates of the anhydrous borate compounds slowly become soluble in an aqueous fluid after facilitating the treatment operation. Cleanup fluids can be used for affecting a more rapid removal of the anhydrous borate compounds from a subterranean formation. Methods for performing a cleanup of anhydrous borate compounds within a subterranean formation can comprise providing a cleanup fluid comprising a polyhydroxylated compound, introducing the cleanup fluid into a subterranean formation having a plurality of anhydrous borate particulates therein, and interacting the polyhydroxylated compound with the anhydrous borate particulates such that the anhydrous borate particulates become soluble in an aqueous fluid.05-16-2013
20130118748Gelled Foam Compositions And Methods - The invention provides a method made of steps of injecting into a wellbore, a composition comprising a solvent, a surfactant, a foaming gas, a foam enhancer, a crosslinkable polymer, and a crosslinking agent capable of crosslinking the polymer, wherein the foam enhancer increases the foam half-life of the gel composition compared to the gel composition without the foam enhancer; and allowing viscosity of the composition to increase and form a gel.05-16-2013
20130118749Rotating Control System and Method for Providing a Differential Pressure - A Drill-To-The-Limit (DTTL) drilling method variant to Managed Pressure Drilling (MPD) applies constant surface backpressure, whether the mud is circulating (choke valve open) or not (choke valve closed). Because of the constant application of surface backpressure, the DTTL method can use lighter mud weight that still has the cutting carrying ability to keep the borehole clean. The DTTL method identifies the weakest component of the pressure containment system, such as the fracture pressure of the formation or the casing shoe leak off test (LOT). With a higher pressure rated RCD, such as 5,000 psi (34,474 kPa) dynamic or working pressure and 10,000 psi (68,948 kPa) static pressure, the limitation will generally be the fracture pressure of the formation or the LOT. In the DTTL method, since surface backpressure is constantly applied, the pore pressure limitation of the conventional drilling window can be disregarded in developing the fluid and drilling programs. Using the DTTL method a deeper wellbore can be drilled with larger resulting end tubulars, such as casings and production liners, than had been capable with conventional MPD applications.05-16-2013
20130020085SURFACTANT SYSTEM TO INCREASE HYDROCARBON RECOVERY - A post-primary oil recovery process for recovering oil from a subterranean formation may involve injecting into a crude oil-bearing subterranean formation an aqueous saline surfactant composition of brine, Alkyl Polyglucoside, Linear Primary Alcohol Ethoxylate, sodium hydroxide and alcohols; displacing the aqueous composition through the oil-bearing formation and driving oil from the oil-bearing formation; and recovering oil displaced from the subterranean formation. The injecting step may be preceded by the step of injecting into the subterranean formation a volume of salinity water to adjust salinity of connate water within the subterranean reservoir to a predetermined salinity. Injection of the surfactant composition may further be followed by injection of a buffer comprising water dispersible polymeric viscosifier or water soluble polymeric viscosifier. The surfactant composition may additionally contain at least one cosurfactant selected from hydrocarbon sulfonates and alcohols. The aqueous saline surfactant composition may be or include SCHMOO-B-GONE SURFACTANT®.01-24-2013
20100270020METHODS FOR TREATING HYDROCARBON-BEARING FORMATIONS WITH FLUORINATED ANIONIC SURFACTANT COMPOSITIONS - Methods of treating a hydrocarbon-bearing formation having brine and liquid hydrocarbons and treated hydrocarbon-bearing formations. The methods include contacting the hydrocarbon-bearing formation with a composition comprising solvent and a fluorinated anionic surfactant. In some embodiments, the solvent solubilizes the brine in the hydrocarbon-bearing formation without causing the fluorinated anionic surfactant to precipitate. In some embodiments, the solvent includes at least one of a polyol or polyol ether independently having from 2 to 25 carbon atoms and at least one of water, a monohydroxy alcohol, an ether, or a ketone, wherein the monohydroxy alcohol, the ether, and the ketone each independently have up to 4 carbon atoms.10-28-2010
20100270021METHODS FOR TREATING HYDROCARBON-BEARING FORMATIONS WITH FLUORINATED POLYMER COMPOSITIONS - A method of treating a hydrocarbon-bearing formation and treated hydrocarbon-bearing formations. The method includes contacting the hydrocarbon-bearing formation with a composition having solvent and a fluorinated polymer. The fluorinated polymer has units having formula (I): A method for making a composition containing these units is also disclosed.10-28-2010
20110005758METHOD AND COMPOSITION FOR CURING LOST CIRCULATION - The invention provides a system made of fibers and a material able to stick fibers in a network when activated, such activation can be temperature or pH change. The invention preferably is used in a well and as a method to cure lost circulation.01-13-2011
20120061082SEALING OF THIEF ZONES - The present invention provides a method for selectively sealing a thief zone in a hydrocarbon reservoir located in a calcium-rich formation and penetrated by a borehole comprising injecting into the thief zone a sealing fluid comprising a mixture of and hydronium ions (H03-15-2012
20110220360APPLICATION OF ALKALINE FLUIDS FOR POST-FLUSH OR POST-TREATMENT OF A STIMULATED SANDSTONE MATRIX - Apparatus and method for treating a subterranean formation including forming a first fluid comprising low pH, introducing the first fluid into a subterranean formation, forming a second fluid comprising high pH, and introducing the second fluid into the formation. Apparatus and method for treating a subterranean formation including introducing a acidizing fluid into a subterranean formation, introducing an inert spacer into the formation, introducing an alkaline fluid into the formation, and introducing a brine or a solvent overflush fluid.09-15-2011
20110139454Method for Providing Thixotrophy to Fluids Downhole - A method of providing thixotropy to a fluid downhole comprising: adding an encapsulated thixotropic agent to a fluid at the surface; introducing the fluid into a borehole; and subjecting the fluid to a shearing action so as to release the thixotropic agent into the fluid.06-16-2011
20110139455STORING DEVICE FOR STORED SUBSTANCE AND METHOD FOR STORING STORED SUBSTANCE06-16-2011
20090200033COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS FOR GAS WELL TREATMENT - A microemulsion system is disclosed which comprises a solvent subsystem, a co-solvent subsystem and a surfactant subsystem comprises at least one monoalkyl branched propoxy sulfate anionic surfactant, where the microemulsion system are useful in drilling, producing, remediation, and fracturing application to reduce water blocks and water blocking in formation of a producing formation.08-13-2009
20110220359Methods Relating to Modifying Flow Patterns Using In-Situ Barriers - A method comprises providing a fluid source in a subterranean formation; providing a wellbore in the subterranean formation; and providing an in-situ barrier, wherein the in-situ barrier is disposed within the subterranean environment and modifies the flow pattern of at least one fluid within the subterranean formation that is provided by the fluid source and flows towards the wellbore.09-15-2011
20090084553SLIDING SLEEVE VALVE ASSEMBLY WITH SAND SCREEN - A system and method for completing a well with multiple zones of production is provided, including a casing having a plurality of valves integrated therein for isolating each well zone, establishing communication between each underlying formation and the interior of the casing, delivering a treatment fluid to each of the multiple well zones, and filtering produced fluids from each underlying formation.04-02-2009
20090260826METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR INJECTION OF VISCOUS UNWEIGHTED, LOW-WEIGHTED, OR SOLIDS CONTAMINATED FLUIDS DOWNHOLE DURING OILFIELD INJECTION PROCESS - A system for injecting a fluid into a formation including a fluid, and at least one injection pump configured to receive the fluid, the at least one pump including a centrifugal pump having at least two stages configured to increase the pressure of the received fluid is disclosed. The system further includes a drive device coupled to the injection pump. A method of injecting a fluid downhole including providing a fluid to an injection pump, the injection pump including a centrifugal pump having at least two stages, pumping the fluid through the at least two stages of the centrifugal pump, thereby increasing the pressure of the fluid, and injecting the fluid from the injection pump into a wellbore is also disclosed.10-22-2009
20090250221Method of supplying a powdered chemical composition to a wellsite - A method of conditioning a compacted polymeric powder to a flowable and meterable state. The polymeric powder is compacted during transport such that the flowability is hindered. To increase flowability, gas is introduced into the polymeric powder to condition the same to an improved flowable and meterable state.10-08-2009
20100263870METHODS OF CONTACTING AND/OR TREATING A SUBTERRANEAN FORMATION - Methods of contacting a subterranean formation are described which provide improved control or reduction of particulate migration, transport or flowback in wellbores and reservoirs, and which may do so without sacrificing substantial hydraulic conductivity. One method comprises injecting into a well-bore intersecting the subterranean formation a fluid composition comprising a first component and a second component dispersed in a carrier fluid, at least a portion of the first component or second component being provided as at least one multicomponent article having an aspect ratio greater than 1:1.1; forming a network comprising the first component; and binding the network with the second component.10-21-2010
20120103614Method of Treating a Borehole and Drilling Fluid - A method of treating a borehole is provided, wherein the method comprises introducing a drilling fluid into a borehole, wherein the drilling fluid comprises an ionic liquid. In particular, the ionic liquid may comprise a single ionic liquid, i.e., only one kind of anion and one kind of cation, or may comprise a mixture of different ionic liquids, e.g., may comprise several different anions and/or several different cations.05-03-2012
20120103613COAL FINES FLOCCULATION FROM PRODUCED WATER USING OIL-SOLUBLE PHOSPHATE ESTER - A method of flocculating coal fines from produced water is provided. The method includes the steps of: (A) mixing at least: (i) produced water, wherein the produced water comprises suspended coal fines; (ii) one or more oil-soluble phosphate esters; and (iii) water-immiscible solvent; wherein the mixing is in proportions to obtain an oil-in-water emulsion; (B) allowing or mechanically causing the oil-in-water emulsion to substantially break into: (i) a first fluid having a continuous phase comprising at least some of the water from the produced water; and (ii) a second fluid having a continuous phase comprising at least some of the water-immiscible solvent; and (C) mechanically separating the first fluid and the second fluid. Optionally, the step of mixing further includes mixing with a crosslinker for the one or more phosphate esters to form a gel for suspending the separated coal fines.05-03-2012
20100236784MISCIBLE STIMULATION AND FLOODING OF PETROLIFEROUS FORMATIONS UTILIZING VISCOSIFIED OIL-BASED FLUIDS - A viscosified miscible enhanced oil recovery fluid includes (a) a hydrocarbon fluid and viscosifying agent, wherein the viscosified fluid is a Newtonian fluid, (b) a hydrocarbon fluid and gelling agent, wherein the viscosified fluid is a power law fluid, (c) a hydrocarbon fluid, a gelling agent, and a rheological additive, wherein the viscosified fluid is a yield power law fluid, or (d) a hydrocarbon fluid, a gelling agent, a rheological additive, and solvent for the rheological additive, wherein the viscosified fluid is a yield power law fluid. The hydrocarbon fluid is preferably weighted with nano-scale weighting agents. The viscosified fluids are prepared and pumped into a subterranean petroliferous formation to recover a majority of the oil, heavy oil, condensate, or gas originally in place. A method for subsequently recovering a substantial fraction of the miscible injectant conventionally or by applying a viscosity breaker and recovering the viscosity-broken miscible injectant conventionally.09-23-2010
20100276150PROVISION OF VISCOUS COMPOSITIONS BELOW GROUND - A thickened aqueous composition is delivered to a subterranean location accessible via a wellbore by steps of i. providing a biphasic aqueous mixture comprising two aqueous solutions which, at surface temperature and pressure, are able to co-exist as separate aqueous phases in contact with each other, ii. pumping said biphasic aqueous system down the wellbore to the subterranean location, and iii. converting the biphasic mixture below ground so that its phases combine into a single aqueous phase which is more viscous than the biphasic mixture. The two phases of the aqueous biphasic mixture contain dissolved solutes which segregate between the two phases such that at least one first solute is present at a greater concentration in the first aqueous phase than in the second aqueous phase while at least one second solute is present at a greater concentration in the second aqueous phase than in the first aqueous phase. The solute in the first phase may be a thickening polymer or other thickening material such as viscoelastic surfactant. The solute in the second phase may be a different polymer, surfactant or salt. Conversion to a single phase may be carried out in various ways including dilution, change in pH, change in salinity, increase in temperature and adsorption of one solute onto formation rock.11-04-2010
20100276149Method for Treating a Hydrocarbon Formation - The present invention includes compositions and method for treating a hydrocarbon-bearing clastic formation having brine, the method comprising: contacting the hydrocarbon-bearing clastic formation with a fluid, wherein the fluid at least one of at least partially solubilizes or at least partially displaces the brine in the hydrocarbon-bearing clastic formation; and subsequently contacting the hydrocarbon-bearing clastic formation with a composition, the composition comprising: a nonionic fluorinated polymeric surfactant, and solvent, wherein when the composition is contacting the hydrocarbon-bearing clastic formation, the nonionic fluorinated polymeric surfactant has a cloud point that is above the temperature of the hydrocarbon-bearing clastic formation.11-04-2010
20100243254METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ISOLATING AND TREATING DISCRETE ZONES WITHIN A WELLBORE - A method and apparatus for conducting a fracturing operation using a wellbore fracturing assembly. The assembly may be mechanically set and released from a wellbore using a coiled tubing string to conduct a fracturing operation adjacent an area of interest in a formation. The assembly may include an unloader for equalizing pressure between the assembly and the wellbore, a pair of spaced apart packers for straddling the area of interest, an injection port disposed between the packers for injecting fracturing fluid into the area of interest, and an anchor for securing the assembly in the wellbore. After conducting the fracturing operation, the assembly may be relocated to another area of interest to conduct another fracturing operation.09-30-2010
20110100629Methods of Using Hydrocarbon Gelling Agents as Self-Diverting Scale Inhibitors - Method of treating a subterranean formation using a hydrocarbon treatment fluid using a phosphor-based hydrocarbon gelling agent that is capable of both increasing the viscosity of the hydrocarbon treatment fluid and remaining in the subterranean formation after the viscosity of the gel is broken such that it can act as a scale inhibitor. Phosphor-based hydrocarbon gelling agents formed from a polyvalent metal salt of an organophosphonic acid ester or from a polyvalent metal salt of an organophosphinic acid are described.05-05-2011
20110056692SYSTEM FOR COMPLETING MULTIPLE WELL INTERVALS - A system includes a string that comprising a passageway and a plurality of tools. The system further includes an untethered object that is adapted to be deployed in the passageway such that the object travels downhole via the passageway and controllably expand its size as the object travels downhole to selectively cause one of the tools to capture the object.03-10-2011
20090277639Fluid Operated Well Tool - A well tool is operable to receive a flow of fluid. The well tool includes a first hydraulic area on which the fluid acts tending to move a first body to substantially seal against passage of fluid through an aperture. A second, larger hydraulic area is provided on which the fluid acts tending to move a second body. The second body is movable by the fluid acting on the second hydraulic to displace the first body from substantially sealing against passage of fluid through the aperture. An energy storing device is provided that is configured to store energy from movement of the second body until at least a specified amount of energy is stored and release the energy when the second body is moved to displace the first body from substantially sealing against passage of fluid through the aperture.11-12-2009
20090114392Method and Apparatus Associated With Stimulation Treatments for Wells - A method and apparatus associated with the production of hydrocarbons. In one embodiment, the method describes connecting multiple wells to a stimulation fluid pumping system via a pumping system manifold. The pumping system manifold is adjusted to provide a first well flow path from the stimulation fluid pumping system to a first well. Then, a first stimulation treatment is pumped into the first well. Concurrently with the pumping of the first stimulation treatment, a second well is prepared for a second stimulation treatment.05-07-2009
20090114393DIVERTER VALVE - Apparatus for multi-zone wellbores that can by-pass upper hydrocarbon bearing zones and deliver fluid to lower hydrocarbon bearing zones. The apparatus can include at least one housing, and at least one port can be formed through the housing. An inner sleeve can be positioned within the housing. At least one cavity can be radially disposed on an outer diameter of the inner sleeve, and each cavity can be located within an annulus formed between the inner sleeve and the housing. A ball can be disposed within each cavity, and the ball can be adapted to selectively engage the port.05-07-2009
20090114391METHOD FOR AUTONOMOUS CONTROL OF A CHEMICAL INJECTION SYSTEM FOR OIL AND GAS WELLS - A control program for a positive displacement metering system measures the time required for the travel of a free piston in a cylinder of known volume to determine an average flow rate during a full stroke of the piston. The system may also measure and record the inlet and outlet pressures or the differential pressure between the fluid inlet and outlet. The control program positions a four-way valve which may function as an adjustable metering orifice in response to the measured average flow rate and/or changes in the inlet and outlet pressures to achieve the desired flow rate. At the end of each stroke, the four-way valve is repositioned to reverse fluid flow through the metering cylinder. The system may revise the valve position settings for both forward and reverse strokes based on the measured time required for a full stroke at a certain valve position. In this way, the system automatically and iteratively compensates for changes in fluid properties and fluid pressure. A cleaning cycle which progressively opens the valve stepwise and may culminate in full open valve travel in both fluid flow directions is provided in the event of an obstruction of the valve orifice.05-07-2009
20080271893Method and Apparatus for Continuously Injecting Fluid in a Wellbore While Maintaining Safety Valve Operation - A kit for converting an existing wireline retrievable surface controlled subsurface safety valve (11-06-2008
20100294499OIL RECOVERY EMPLOYING ALKYLENE CARBONATES - The present invention discloses an enhanced oil recovery method that contacts a gas and an alkylene carbonate with a subterranean formation.11-25-2010
20100294497Recovery of oil - A method of recovering oil from a subterranean formation which includes an association production well involves contacting oil in the formation with a treatment fluid formulation which includes polyvinylalcohol and collecting oil which is being contacted with said treatment fluid formulation by said production well. Use of the polyvinylalcohol, optionally in combination with other materials, facilities recovery of oil from subterranean formation, particularly those involving medium or high viscosity oils.11-25-2010
20100294498VISCOELASTIC SURFACTANT BASED WELLBORE FLUIDS AND METHODS OF USE - A wellbore fluid that includes an aqueous based fluid; an amphoteric, viscoelastic surfactant; and a modified starch is disclosed. Methods of drilling subterranean wells, methods of reducing the loss of fluid out of subterranean wells, and methods of completing wellbores using aqueous-based fluids having an ampoteric, viscoelastic surfactant and a modified starch are also disclosed.11-25-2010
20100236783 SITU EXTRACTION PROCESS FOR THE RECOVERY OF HYDROCARBONS - An in situ extraction process for the recovery of hydrocarbons from a hydrocarbon bearing formation, including the steps of injecting a solvent consisting substantially of one of the group of H2S, Ammonia or COS into the formation to mobilize the hydrocarbons for extraction by forming a mobile in situ extraction fluid; and lifting the extraction fluid containing the mobilized hydrocarbons from the underground formation to the surface. In a further aspect an extraction method for a specific reservoir is provided including the steps of: establishing a minimum desired extraction rate, based on a value for the porosity, permeability and dead oil viscosity of the in situ bitumen in the specific reservoir, determining a desired minimum operating extraction temperature determining a desirable range of operating pressures identifying solvents predicted to deliver the operating extraction temperature within the range of operating pressures, and selecting a preferred solvent to use in the process.09-23-2010
20110127037Method and System for Methanol Production - An apparatus and method of producing methanol includes reacting a heated hydrocarbon-containing gas and an oxygen-containing gas in a reactor; to provide a product stream comprising methanol; and transferring heat from the product stream to the hydrocarbon-containing gas to heat the hydrocarbon containing gas. After removing methanol and CO06-02-2011
20110017456Method and Device for Feeding Liquefied Carbon-Dioxide Gas into an Aquifer Deep Underground - To provide a method and device for feeding liquefied carbon-dioxide gas into the ground, by which liquefied carbon-dioxide gas can be efficiently permeated and diffused in a deep aquifer. The present invention's method for feeding liquefied carbon-dioxide gas into the ground includes the following steps: using a pumping well to pump up water from a deep aquifer to aboveground; creating injection water; applying pulsatile hydraulic pressure to the injection water; feeding the injection water to which pulsatile hydraulic pressure has been applied into the deep aquifer via an injection well; feeding liquefied carbon-dioxide gas—while maintaining said gas in a liquefied condition—from a storage tank into the injection well to a depth having such pressure and temperature in which the liquefied condition can be maintained; mixing the liquefied carbon-dioxide gas—in the form of fine droplets—with the injection water, thereby generating a mixture of those two liquids.01-27-2011
20110017457ENVIRONMENTAL COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS FOR WELL TREATMENT - The invention provides a well treatment composition comprising: a viscoelastic surfactant or a cementing composition and an environmentally friendly component made of cellulosic matrix with organic acid trapped within. A method is disclosed comprising introducing into a wellbore penetrating a subterranean formation an environmentally friendly component made of cellulosic matrix with organic acid trapped within.01-27-2011
20110030958METHOD FOR TREATING SUBTERRANEAN FORMATION WITH DEGRADABLE MATERIAL - A method is for treating a subterranean formation penetrated by a wellbore is given which comprises providing a treatment fluid comprising a viscoelastic surfactant having at least one degradable linkage, a hydrolysable material, and a pH control material, wherein the pH control material has a pH equal or greater than about 9 and comprises a strongly alkaline material and an oxidizing agent; and injecting into the subterranean formation the treatment fluid.02-10-2011
20110030957CARBON CAPTURE AND STORAGE - Aspects of the invention include methods of contacting carbon dioxide with an aqueous mixture. In practicing methods according to certain embodiments, a subterranean brine may be contacted with carbon dioxide to produce a reaction product, which may or may not be further processed as desired. Also provided are methods in which a brine or minerals are contacted with an aqueous composition. Aspects of the invention further include compositions produced by methods of the invention as well as systems for practicing methods of the invention.02-10-2011
20110030959Aqueous Solution For Managing Microbes In Oil And Gas Production And Method For Their Production - This invention relates to compositions for the management and treatment of water used for the production of oil and gas products comprising an electro-chemically activated, cation or anion-containing aqueous solution (catholyte or anolyte), and to a system and process for their production. A plant is described for treating water used for petroleum production and products including a water reservoir (02-10-2011
20110030960METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR A DOWNHOLE TOOL - An apparatus and method for operating a packer and a fracture valve is shown. The packer may include a tubular mandrel having a longitudinal bore with an annular packing element and a first piston disposed around the mandrel, wherein the first piston is operable to set the packing element, and a second piston operable to isolate fluid communication between the first piston and the mandrel bore. The fracture valve may include a tubular mandrel having a longitudinal bore and a port, a piston operable to close fluid communication between the bore and the port, and a latch disposed between the piston and the mandrel operable to resist movement of the piston.02-10-2011
20110030956ALTERING THE INTERFACE OF HYDROCARBON-COATED SURFACES - Methods and compositions are provided wherein microorganisms are used to alter the interface of hydrocarbons and hydrocarbon-coated surfaces to increase oil recovery, for improved bioremediation and/or pipeline maintenance.02-10-2011
20100018711Tear Cord For Jacketed Tube - The disclosure pertains to installing a plurality of tear cords between a metal tube and a protective jacket. The multiple cords facilitate ease of removal of the protective jacket by creating a panel of the jacket that is detached from the remainder by pulling on the multiple tear cords. The resulting widened space can be used to remove the tube from the remaining protective jacket. The jacketed tubes may be used in a hydrocarbon production downhole well bore. The tubes may be used to furnish hydraulic fluid or chemicals into the well bore. The contents may be pressurized or under vacuum. The jacketed tubes are hermetically sealed. The tubes, which may be 1 inch in diameter, are joined using compression fittings. Tear cords are used to facilitate removal of the protective jacket without damage to the tube surface thereby facilitating the placement of compression fittings and maintaining the integrity of the tube wall.01-28-2010
20100186959Methods for treating a well by simultaneously introducing into a mixer streams of water, a viscosity-increasing agent, and a particulate and introducing the mixture into the well - A method is provided for treating at least a portion of a well. The method includes the steps of: (a) simultaneously introducing into a mixer at least: (i) a first stream comprising water; (ii) a second stream comprising a dry, hydratable, viscosity-increasing agent for water, wherein the second stream is substantially free of water; and (iii) a third stream comprising a non-hydratable, insoluble particulate; wherein at least the first and second streams are not mixed prior to being introduced into the mixer; (b) mixing the first, second, and third streams in the mixer to form a pumpable mixture, wherein: (i) the mixer creates at least a sufficiently-high shear rate to disperse the viscosity-increasing agent and the insoluble particulate in the pumpable mixture; and (ii) the pumpable mixture has or is capable of developing a substantially-higher viscosity than the viscosity of the first stream; and (c) introducing a treatment fluid comprising the pumpable mixture into a wellbore.07-29-2010
20100059225Flow Reversing Apparatus and Methods of Use - Apparatus and methods for selectively and safely reversing flow in coiled tubing used for wellbore cleanouts are disclosed. One apparatus includes a section of coiled tubing having a main flow channel, at least two flow-preventing valves in the section of coiled tubing, each adapted to close the main flow channel upon attempted flow reversal; and at least one actuator adapted to deter closing of the flow-preventing valves. This abstract allows a searcher or other reader to quickly ascertain the subject matter of the disclosure. It will not be used to interpret or limit the scope or meaning of the claims. 37 CFR 1.72(b).03-11-2010
20120241156SELECTIVE FLUID WITH ANCHORING AGENT FOR WATER CONTROL - Methods and apparatus for using a fluid within a subterranean formation including forming a fluid comprising an oil-soluble resin acid and an organosilicon compound and introducing the fluid to the formation, wherein the relative permeability of the formation increases, and wherein the production of water is reduced more than if no fluid was introduced to the formation. Methods and apparatus for reducing water production within a subterranean formation including forming a fluid comprising an oil-soluble resin acid and an organosilicon compound and introducing the fluid to the formation, wherein the production of water is reduced more than if no fluid was introduced to the formation.09-27-2012
20110100632METHOD FOR MONITORING FLOOD FRONT MOVEMENT DURING FLOODING OF SUBSURFACE FORMATIONS - This invention relates generally to methods for monitoring directional flood front movement during oil recovery and more specifically to methods for monitoring flood front movement of flooding agent injected into subsurface formations. The method comprises detecting physical properties of subsurface formation and injection of a flooding agent into said formation through at least one injection well thus forcing reservoir oil movement toward at least one production well. The flooding agent is a highly dispersed gas-liquid mixture having size of gas bubbles not exceeding an average diameter of the pores of said oil-bearing reservoir. The method further comprises detecting the same physical properties of the formation at the same area after flooding and monitoring the flood front profile by registrating changes in the physical properties of the formation caused by the arrival of said flood front.05-05-2011
20110100630Method of Mitigating Corrosion Rate of Oilfield Tubular Goods - Acid-soluble cupric acetate may used in conjunction with potassium iodide to generate cuprous iodide (CuI) as an acid corrosion inhibition aid. A suitable corrosion inhibitor together with the aid protects steel surfaces in an acid environment, for instance, while acid fracturing or matrix acidizing subterranean formations. Cupric acetate monohydrate may be used with an alkali metal iodide salt such as potassium iodide or sodium iodide to generate cuprous iodide in situ in aqueous acid solutions. Use of cupric acetate provides a somewhat delayed reaction rate with potassium iodide to generate the desired product, cuprous iodide, which has very low solubility in acid systems. The method includes delayed and in situ production of cuprous iodide for enhancing performance of commercially available corrosion inhibitors, commonly referred to as intensifying the effect of the corrosion inhibitor (corrosion inhibitor intensifier or simply an intensifier).05-05-2011
20110247821COMPOSITIONS AND METHOD FOR BREAKING HYDRAULIC FRACTURING FLUIDS - Breaking compositions are disclosed for controlled breaking of borate cross-linked fracturing fluids, and to method for making and using same, where the composition includes an oxidative component and an ester component.10-13-2011
20110247822METHOD OF CONTACTING HYDROCARBON-BEARING FORMATIONS WITH FLUORINATED ETHER COMPOSITIONS - Method comprising contacting a hydrocarbon-bearing formation with a composition comprising solvent and a fluoropolyether compound, wherein the fluoropolyether compound comprises at least one first divalent unit represented by formula: Each Rf is independently selected from the group consisting of Rf10-13-2011
20110067874Method of redistributing well bore fluid - Redistribution of fluids present in well bore environments is disclosed. In some embodiments, the invention may be the redistribution of water produced in a coal bed methane well. The redistribution of water from one aquifer (03-24-2011
20110048719RATE INDUCED DIVERSION FOR MULTI-STAGE STIMULATION - The invention provides a method of stimulation a subterranean formation to improve formation fluid production, the method comprising: providing a wellbore which penetrates the subterranean formation, wherein the wellbore comprises at least two perforation cluster zones; injecting a treatment fluid into the wellbore at a fluid pressure equal to or greater than the fracture initiate pressure of the subterranean formation; contacting the subterranean formation with the treatment fluid through a first perforation cluster zone; performing a shutin by stopping injection of the treatment fluid; waiting for a determined period of time, wherein no physical material is introduced into the wellbore and no significant reverse flow from the subterranean formation to the wellbore occurs during said period of time; resuming the introduction of the treatment fluid into the wellbore at a fluid pressure equal to or greater than the fracture initiate pressure of the subterranean formation; and contacting the subterranean formation with the treatment fluid through a second perforation cluster zone.03-03-2011
20110146992Controllable Chemical Injection For Multiple Zone Completions - This disclosure relates to an apparatus and method for controlling the amount of an additive injected into production fluid in a plurality of production zones. The injection devices may be dynamically controlled such that a central or decentralized control system may instruct a plurality of additive injection assemblies to inject additive, wherein different additive and/or different amounts of additive may be injected in the production fluid in the plurality of production zones. The apparatus includes one or more controllers to send operating commands to downhole regulating elements that may control the amount of additive being injected directly or indirectly.06-23-2011
20110146993SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR WATERFLOODING OFFSHORE RESERVOIRS - A mobile water injection system and method for performing waterflooding in offshore reservoirs, and more particularly to enhance oil recovery in marginal offshore reservoirs is disclosed. The mobile water injection system and method include portable equipment, including a submersible pump to recover water from a body of water, a water storage tank, filtration and chemical treatment equipment to treat the recovered water, and an injection pump to pump the treated water at high pressure into the reservoir such that the residual oil is driven to adjacent production wells to increase oil recovery.06-23-2011
20110042090COMPOSITE MICRO-COIL FOR DOWNHOLE CHEMICAL DELIVERY - A technique utilizes micro-coil which is formed as a composite to enable use at substantial depths and/or with substantial flow rates. The micro-coil is formed as a tubing with a multi-layered tubing wall. The composite tubing wall provides substantial strength and longevity which allows deployment of the micro-coil in a much wider variety of well treatment applications, such as applications having substantial flow rates and/or applications at substantial well depths.02-24-2011
20110174488ACCELERATED START-UP IN SAGD OPERATIONS - A method of initiating or accelerating the establishment of fluid communication between horizontal wells located in a formation of very limited fluid mobility, such as an oil sand at original temperature or an infill well completed in an immobile hydrocarbon region located between surrounding well patterns in which a gravity-dominated recovery process is or has been operated.07-21-2011
20120199355WATER FLOODING METHOD FOR SECONDARY HYDROCARBON RECOVERY - A water flooding composition in a method of secondary hydrocarbon recovery. The water flooding composition includes water and a thickening polymer. The thickening polymer includes a hydroxyethyl cellulose backbone polymer having a molecular weight of between about 1,000,000 and about 2,000,000 and a hydrophobic modifier. The hydrophobic modifier has a substitution level in the thickening polymer of between about 0.1 percent and about 2 percent by weight of the thickening polymer. The hydrophobic modifier is an alkyl hydrocarbon based material containing between about 10 and about 24 unsubstituted carbon atoms per group. The thickening polymer has a concentration in the water flooding composition of between about 0.01 percent and about 1 percent by weight of the water flooding composition. The water flooding composition is formulated within these ranges so that the water flooding composition has a suitable viscosity/mobility and so that the water flooding composition is injectable.08-09-2012
20120199354System and Method For Producing Geothermal Energy - Methods and systems are provided for extracting geαthermal heat from neighboring or proximate/ones in a fractured rock formation. The extraction of heat may be performed by cycling between injection and production using separate wells for each zone and offsetting the injection-production cycles between neighboring zones, for example, by keeping the injection-production cycle;* for neighboring zones out of phase with each other. The techniques provide for improved heal recover}’ from rock volumes while decreasing the size of buffer/ones between neighboring/ones, her example, in exemplary embodiments of the present techniques, proximate zones may be within 1000 meters, or even less, of each other. Accordingly, the zones do not have to be totally isolated from each other. The methods and systems described herein may help to impede cross-flow between the zones while minimizing waste heat (and well separation) from unutilized rock layers left between wells.08-09-2012
20110162848Fluid Injection Completion Techniques - Methods for injecting a fluid into a subsurface formation are provided. Each of the methods includes the obtaining data, including formation parameters and operational variables, related to an injection well. A regime of operation for the injection well is determined. The regime of operation is determined using a heuristic model. In one aspect, one or more operational variables, including completion design, reservoir development procedures, and/or injection procedures, is designed based at least in part on the determined regime of operation. Water or other fluid may then be injected into the subsurface formation. The step of determining the regime of operation for the injection well may use a full physics computational simulation to construct a mathematical model that can estimate the operating regime for the water injection well. Alternatively or in addition, field data may be used.07-07-2011
20100319921WELLBORE FLUID MIXING SYSTEM - A system for mixing fluids for oilfield applications, the system including a first storage vessel (12-23-2010
20120031618Use of Hexose Oxidases to Create Hydrogen Peroxide in Aqueous Well Treatment Fluids - A hydrocarbon-bearing subterranean formation may be treated with an aqueous well treatment fluid which contains a hexose oxidase, such as glucose oxidase, mannose oxidase or galactose oxidase. The aqueous well treatment fluid further may contain a viscosifying polymer and an aldohexose. The aldohexose reacts in-situ with the hexose oxidase and molecular oxygen to produce hydrogen peroxide. The hydrogen peroxide may then act as a breaker.02-09-2012
20110114318Compositions and systems for combatting lost circulation and methods of using the same - A method of servicing a wellbore in a subterranean formation comprising preparing a composition comprising a base fluid, a thixotropic viscosifier, a gellable composition and a bridging material, applying a shear force to the composition such that the composition viscosity decreases, introducing the composition into a lost circulation zone in the subterranean formation, wherein the lost circulation zone comprises cavities greater than about 200 microns in diameter, decreasing the shear force applied to the composition, and allowing the composition to set in the lost circulation zone. A method of servicing a wellbore in a subterranean formation comprising placing a first stream comprising a dilute solution of a metal acrylate into a lost circulation zone in the subterranean formation, placing a second stream comprising an activator into the lost circulation zone, and forming a lost circulation material upon contacting of the metal acrylate and the activator, wherein the lost circulation material forms in from about 0 to about 60 minutes.05-19-2011
20120199353WELLBORE INJECTION SYSTEM - A device is provided for delivering and distributing injection fluids into a subsurface formation from a horizontal wellbore. The device includes one or more steam pups having an outer sleeve and an inner sliding sleeve in concentric relationship. One or more sets of nozzles are arranged on the outer sleeve. A means is provided for actuating movement of the inner sliding sleeve within the outer sleeve, to at least partially cover one or more sets of nozzles on the outer sleeve. A method is also provided for delivering injection fluids into a subsurface formation from a horizontal wellbore. First, one or more steam pups are introduced into the horizontal well, said steam pups having an outer sleeve and an inner sliding sleeve with one or more sets of nozzles arranged on the outer sleeve. Next the inner sliding sleeve is moved inside the outer sleeve to at least partially cover one or more sets of nozzles on the outer sleeve. Finally, injection fluid is injected through the steam pup nozzles into formation. A further method is provided that comprises introducing into a heel location of the wellbore a first and second pairs of flow control hangers and polished bore receptacles, connected to an intermediate casing and cemented in place. The first pair of flow control hanger and polished bore receptacle are connected to an injection/production liner and one or more steam pups are then connected to the second pair of flow control hanger and polished bore receptacle.08-09-2012
20110132610CERAMIC MICROSPHERES FOR CEMENTING APPLICATIONS - A method and apparatus for manufacturing ceramic microspheres from industrial slag. The microspheres have a particle size of about 38 microns to about 150 microns. The microspheres are used to create a cement slurry having a density of at least about 11 lbs/g. The resultant cement slurry may then be used to treat subterranean wells.06-09-2011
20110174489FRACTURING/GRAVEL PACKING TOOL SYSTEM WITH DUAL FLOW CAPABILITIES - A fracturing/gravel packing tool system with dual flow capabilities. A method of treating a well includes the steps of: flowing a fluid into the well through a work string while simultaneously flowing another fluid into the well through an annulus; and directing each of the fluids to the exterior of a well screen in the well. A well treatment system includes a slurry and a fluid flowed into a well. The slurry has an initial density, but the fluid is mixed with the slurry in the well, thereby causing the slurry to have a reduced density in the well. Another method of treating a well includes the steps of: installing a gravel packing assembly including a well screen in the well; flowing a slurry and a fluid into the well; mixing the slurry with the fluid, thereby reducing a density of the slurry in the well; and flowing the reduced density slurry about an exterior of the well screen.07-21-2011
20110259592METHOD AND COMPOSITION FOR TREATING FLUIDS BEFORE INJECTION INTO SUBTERRANEAN ZONES - The invention relates to methods and compositions for producing or recovering an aqueous-based fluid to be utilized or injected in a wellbore or surrounding subterranean formation. The method comprises the step of contacting an aqueous-based fluid with an aqueous-soluble breaker composition comprising an oxidizing agent and a catalyst for a time sufficient to reduce or eliminate one or more deleterious substances in the aqueous-based fluid to produce a treated aqueous-based fluid suitable for use or injection in a wellbore or surrounding subterranean formation.10-27-2011
20100282467Sulfonated internal olefin surfactant for enhanced oil recovery - A process for recovering oil from an oil-bearing formation comprises introducing into said formation an aqueous composition comprising at least one sulfonated derivative of one or more internal olefins, said internal olefins being characterized by having low amounts of tri-substitution on the olefin bond, said sulfonated derivative being obtained by sulfonating a composition comprising internal olefins of the formula:11-11-2010
20120145400 METHOD FOR MIXING FLUIDS DOWNHOLE - Methods and devices for mixing a first fluid with a second fluid downhole include a chamber having a first end, a second end and an opening for fluid to flow there through. A top surface of a piston is capable of contacting the second end of the chamber. The piston is located at a first position within the chamber based upon characteristics of a second fluid. A fluid delivery system supplies the first fluid and supplies a second fluid through a first opening of the chamber, wherein the second fluid is at a pressure that moves the piston approximate to the second end of the chamber. The piston includes an agitator mixing device that is attached to a bottom surface of the piston, wherein mixing of the first fluid with the second fluid primarily occurs upon movement of the piston by actuating device.06-14-2012
20110100631FLOODING FLUID AND ENHANCING OIL RECOVERY METHOD - The invention relates to an enhancing oil recovery method by injecting into a subterranean oil formation an aqueous flooding fluid comprising at least one injecting galactomannan polymer substituted by at least one sulfonation agent. The invention also relates to an flooding fluid having better injectivity properties than existing flooding fluids.05-05-2011
20090151952ENERGIZED FLUIDS AND PRESSURE MANIPULATION FOR SUBSURFACE APPLICATIONS - Method and system for use in a subsurface formation traversed by a wellbore. An energized fluid, which when subjected to a low pressure environment liberates or releases gas from solution, is disposed in the formation. Reduced pressure in a region of the wellbore below pressure in the surrounding formation liberates a gas in the energized fluid near a tunnel created in the formation.06-18-2009
20110036579Water-Based Mud Lubricant Using Fatty Acid Polyamine Salts and Fatty Acid Esters - Water-based drilling mud lubricants using a blend of fatty acid polyamine salts and fatty acid esters give synergistically better lubricity results than either component used separately. For example, the blends with different ratios of fatty acid diethylenetriamine salt and fatty acid methyl ester demonstrate much better lubricity in water-based drilling fluids than those where only fatty acid diethylenetriamine salt or fatty acid methyl ester are separately used. The amines in fatty acid amine salt might also include other polyamines, such as butanediamine pentamethylenediamine, spermidine, spermine, propylene diamine and propylene polyamines. The fatty acid esters might also include fatty acid ethyl ester, fatty acid glycerol ester and fatty acid trimethylolpropane ester. The carbon numbers of the fatty acids used to make the components in the lubricant blend may range from C4 to C28.02-17-2011
20120145401Acidic Treatment Fluids Containing Non-Polymeric Silica Scale Control Additives and Methods Related Thereto - The present invention relates to treatment fluids and compounds useful in subterranean formations, particularly those that retard deposition of silica scale in subterranean formations. Methods of the present invention comprise providing a treatment fluid having a pH of 6 or less that comprises an acidic base fluid and a non-polymeric silica scale control additive and introducing the treatment fluid into at least a portion of a subterranean formation. The non-polymeric silica scale control additive retards deposition of silica scale in the subterranean formation.06-14-2012
20120037372Recovery or Storage Process - A method for recovering gases and/or liquids stored within one or more gas and/or liquid reservoirs comprising locating the upper consolidated boundary of the one or more gas and/or liquid reservoirs; drilling an access well which extends downwardly to at least adjacent the upper consolidated boundary of the one or more gas and/or liquid reservoirs; drilling a section of the access well extending along or adjacent at least a portion of the upper consolidated boundary of the one or more gas and/or liquid reservoirs; creating permeability pathways into the one or more gas and/or liquid reservoirs to enable the release of gas and/or liquid from the one or more gas and/or liquid reservoirs into the access well; and recovering the released gas and/or liquid through the access well. The method is also used for storage or sequestering of gases and/or liquids into one or more gas and/or liquid reservoirs wherein permeability pathways are created to inject the gases and/or liquids into the reservoirs from the access well.02-16-2012
20120037371Well Servicing Fluid - The present disclosure is directed to a method of servicing a well. The method comprises providing a well servicing fluid. The well servicing fluid is formulated with the following components comprising, at least one friction reducer chosen from polychloroprenes, vinyl acetate polymers, polyalkylene oxides polyalphaolefins; and a nonaqueous carrier fluid. The well servicing fluid is introduced into the well.02-16-2012
20120305254METHODS TO IMPROVE STABILITY OF HIGH SOLID CONTENT FLUID - A method of treating a subterranean formation of a well bore comprises providing a treatment fluid comprising a carrier fluid, a particulate material, a surfactant and micelles, wherein micelles are stabilized by the surfactant and act as particles in the treatment fluid; and introducing the treatment fluid into the wellbore.12-06-2012
20110073311PUMPABLE GEOPOLYMER FORMULATION FOR OILFIELD APPLICATION - The invention provides geopolymeric compositions, which have controllable thickening and setting times for a wide range of temperatures and a large range of geopolymer slurry densities. The geopolymer slurry compositions have good mixability and pumpability, whilst the set materials develop good compressive strength and permeability. The invention discloses a method for preparing geopolymer for oilfield cementing applications. The geopolymeric compositions according to the invention comprises a suspension made of an aluminosilicate source, a carrier fluid, an activator taken from the list constituted by: a metal silicate, a metal aluminate, an alkali activator, or a combination thereof, and an aluminum containing compound taken in the list constituted of bauxite, aluminum oxide and aluminum salt and the suspension is a pumpable composition in oilfield industry and the suspension is able to set under well downhole conditions.03-31-2011
20110315384GELLED FOAM COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS - The invention provides a method made of steps of injecting into a wellbore, a composition comprising a solvent, a surfactant, a foaming gas, a foam enhancer, a crosslinkable polymer, and a crosslinking agent capable of crosslinking the polymer, wherein the foam enhancer increases the foam half-life of the gel composition compared to the gel composition without the foam enhancer; and allowing viscosity of the composition to increase and form a gel.12-29-2011
20110315386PROCESS FOR SEQUESTRATION OF FLUIDS IN GEOLOGICAL FORMATIONS - A process for geo-sequestration of a water-soluble fluid includes selection of a target water-laden geological formation bounded by an upper formation of low permeability, providing an injection well into the formation and injecting the fluid into the injection well under conditions of temperature, pressure and density contrast selected to cause the fluid to enter the formation and rise within the formation. This generates a density-driven convection current of formation water which promotes enhanced mixing of the water-soluble fluid with formation water.12-29-2011
20110315385CALCIUM CARBONATE TO INCREASE VISCOSITY OF POLYACRYLAMIDE FLUIDS - Compositions and methods of treating a subterranean formation including forming a fluid comprising polyacrylamide and calcium carbonate and introducing the fluid to the formation, wherein the viscosity of the fluid is higher than if no calcium carbonate is present. Compositions and methods of treating a subterranean formation penetrated by a well bore including forming a fluid comprising polyacrylamide, calcium carbonate, and crosslinker, and introducing the fluid to the formation, wherein the fluid viscosity at 100 s-1 is increased from 300 cP to 600 cP at a temperature of 93 degC. Compositions and methods of treating a subterranean formation penetrated by a well bore including forming a fluid comprising polyacrylamide and barium carbonate and introducing the fluid to the formation, wherein the viscosity of the fluid is higher than if no barium carbonate is present.12-29-2011
20090260827Enzyme enhanced oil recovery (EEOR) for water alternating gas (WAG) systems - The present disclosure relates to the release or recovery of subterranean hydrocarbon deposits and, more specifically, to a system and method for enhanced oil recovery (EOR), by utilizing enzyme compositions and water-alternating-gas (WAG) methods for injecting water compositions, followed by miscible, near miscible or immiscible gas into subterranean formations for oil recovery operations.10-22-2009
20120043084SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ENHANCING COAL BED METHANE RECOVERY - A system includes first and second wells. The first well has a first tube that extends from a first well head to a first end disposed within a coal seam. The second well is disposed at a distance from the first well and includes a second tube that extends from a second well head to a second end disposed within the coal seam. A pump is coupled to the first well and is configured to supply the first tube with pressurized fluid that includes nutrients for methanogenesis. At least a portion of the pressurized fluid introduced into the first tube of the first well is received within the second tube of the second well by way of the coal seam.02-23-2012
20120000659Multifunctional Boronic Crosslinkers and Associated Methods - A method of treating a subterranean formation comprises providing a treatment fluid comprising: an aqueous fluid; a gelling agent, and a multifunctional boronic crosslinker comprising two or more boronic functional groups; and introducing the viscosified fluid into a subterranean formation.01-05-2012
20120000658METHOD FOR IN SITU FLUID ASSESSMENT AND OPTIMIZATION DURING WELLBORE DISPLACEMENT OPERATIONS - The present invention is, in some embodiments directed to methods for optimizing wellbore displacement operations via in situ fluid property assessment/monitoring. By monitoring fluid properties in situ (i.e., downhole), fluid property assessment is direct instead of being inferred. Additionally, wherein such assessment/monitoring is carried out in real time, changes to the displacement fluid can be made “on-the-fly,” thereby contributing to an enhancement of the overall efficiency of the method.01-05-2012
20120006549WELL SERVICING FLUID - A well servicing fluid formulated with ingredients comprising a viscosifying polymer that is a crosslinked copolymer of an ethylenically unsaturated dicarboxylic anhydride and an alkyl vinyl ether, or the di-acid thereof; a pH adjuster capable of maintaining a pH of 5.5 or greater; and a solvent. Methods of treating a well formation with the wellbore servicing fluid and methods of making the wellbore servicing fluid are also disclosed.01-12-2012
20120012321Method for Producing Natural Gas from Hydrocarbon Hydrates While Simultaneously Storing Carbon Dioxide in Geological Formations - The invention relates to a method for extracting methane from methane hydrates, comprising the following steps: feeding carbon dioxide to the methane hydrate deposits; allowing the carbon dioxide to take effect on the methane hydrate to release methane and store the carbon dioxide as carbon dioxide hydrate; and removing the released methane, characterised in that the fed carbon dioxide is supercritical carbon dioxide.01-19-2012
20120012320POLYMERIZING AND ANCHORING A WATER-SOLUBLE POLYMER TO AN IN-PLACE MINERAL SURFACE OF A WELL - Methods are provided using an anchoring agent for a water-soluble polymer that is in-place polymerized in a subterranean formation. The anchoring agent comprises a hydrolyzable silyl group that reacts with one or more dangling hydroxyl groups of a mineral surface in the subterranean formation to form “hard” bonds, “anchoring” to the mineral surface. The anchoring agent is selected to have another functional group for covalent attachment to the water-soluble polymer. This can help a water-soluble polymer be anchored to a mineral surface in a subterranean formation. Accordingly, it is believed that monomolecular layers of water-soluble polymer will be formed and anchored to the mineral surface, which will provide excellent elastic properties to the matrix. The monomolecular layers are not expected to interfere with the permeability of the matrix.01-19-2012
20130192835METHOD OF REDUCING DUST WITH SELF-ASSEMBLY COMPOSITES - Well treatment particulates are coated with polyionic material and a composite is formed comprising multiple layers of polyelectrolyte, each layer composed of polyionic material counter to the polyionic material of the polyelectrolyte layer to which it is adjacent.08-01-2013
20120055674DETECTING AND CORRECTING UNINTENDED FLUID FLOW BETWEEN SUBTERRANEAN ZONES - Detecting and correcting unintended fluid flow between subterranean zones. At least some of the illustrative embodiments are methods that include: injecting a first fluid into a subterranean zone, the injecting by way of a first borehole; making a reading indicative of surface deformation; identifying, based on the surface deformation reading, a flow path for a second fluid out of the subterranean zone; drilling a second borehole that intersects the flow path; and placing a sealing compound into the flow path by way of the second borehole, the sealing compound reduces the flow of the second fluid through the flow path.03-08-2012
20120055673Method for dispersing aqueous based drilling fluid for drilling subterranean boreholes - An inhibitive water-based polymer mud system and method for using the system in drilling and in stabilizing wellbores is disclosed for use in water sensitive formations as an alternative to oil-based muds or water-based muds comprising ferro-chrome lignosulfonates. The system comprises a fresh water or salt water base thinned or dispersed with a sulfonated acrylic copolymer having a hybrid/graft lignosulfonate multipolymer structure containing carboxylate and sulfonate functional groups with synthetic polymer side chains covalently linked to a base lignosulfonate material, having a molecular weight in the range of about 1,000 to about 15,000, and having a high anionic charge density. This system is effective and has stable rheology over a broad pH range, even at a near neutral pH of 8.0. The drilling fluids do not contain heavy metals and are rheologically tolerant to contaminants such as cement, anhydrite and sodium and temperatures as high as about 400° F.03-08-2012
20100186960WELLBORE ANNULAR PRESSURE CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD USING ACCUMULATOR TO MAINTAIN BACK PRESSURE IN ANNULUS - A system for controlling wellbore annulus pressure during the drilling of a subterranean formation includes a drill string extending into a wellbore. A primary pump is configured for selectively pumping a drilling fluid through the drill string and into an annular space created between the drill string and the wellbore. A fluid discharge conduit is in fluid communication with the annular space for discharging the drilling fluid to a reservoir. A fluid back pressure system is connected to the fluid discharge conduit configured to selectively maintain pressure therein. The fluid back pressure system includes a fluid choke, a back pressure source and an accumulator hydraulically coupled between the back pressure source and the discharge conduit.07-29-2010
20120205110Wellbore Servicing Compositions and Methods of Making and Using Same - A method of servicing hydrocarbon production equipment comprising locating at least a portion of a hydrocarbon flow conduit experiencing a loss of functionality; creating a port to access an interior flow bore of the hydrocarbon flow conduit; installing at least one piece of equipment proximate the access port, wherein the equipment has access to the interior flow bore via the access port; and placing a servicing composition into the conduit via the access port, wherein the servicing composition prevents the loss of materials from the interior of the hydrocarbon flow conduit to the surrounding environment.08-16-2012
20120061084Detecting and Correcting Unintended Fluid Flow Between Subterranean Zones - Detecting and correcting unintended fluid flow between subterranean zones. At least some of the illustrative embodiments are methods including: injecting a first fluid into a subterranean zone, the injecting by way of a first borehole; making a reading indicative of surface deformation; identifying, based on the reading indicative of surface deformation, a flow path for a second fluid out of the subterranean zone; placing a compound into the flow path, the compound reduces the flow of the second fluid through the flow path.03-15-2012
20120061083WELLBORE FLUID AND METHODS OF TREATING AN EARTHEN FORMATION - The present application describes improved compositions for wellbore fluids for use in downhole (e.g. oilwell) applications. The compositions comprise a blocked isocyanate (BI) component having a tolerance improving group (such as a hydrophilic group, e.g. an amine) bonded to it, and an active hydrogen component. When the BI group is unblocked, it reacts with the active hydrogen component to form a gel which, by virtue of the tolerance improving group, is more tolerant to contaminants (such as aqueous inorganic salts or brines) than the corresponding gel forms from unmodified BI. The application also relates to methods of treating an earthen formation using such a composition.03-15-2012
20120152547WETTABILITY ANALYSIS OF DISAGGREGATED MATERIAL - A method for determining wettability of a solid, such as a reservoir rock material, is described. The method includes disaggregating the material, for example by grinding and placing the disaggregated material on the surface of the fluid. The wettability is analyzed based on whether a portion of the material floats on or sinks into the fluid. The method is well suited for heterogeneous solid materials that have mixed wetting characteristics and/or have varying surface types. The fluid can be evaluated as a potential treatment fluid or a component thereof that can be used for treating the rock formation. For example, the potential treatment fluid can include a surfactant or an oxidizing agent. A simple observation can be made whether substantially all of the material placed on the surface of the fluid sinks into the fluid, or the portions of floating and sinking material can be weighed.06-21-2012
20120152548METHOD TO CHARACTERIZE UNDERGROUND FORMATION - A method for determining a characteristic of an underground formation with a fluid is described. The method includes providing a sample material of the underground formation; measuring the permeability and the porosity of the sample material; performing a drainage test on the sample material using the fluid; estimating the threshold pressure of the sample material from the drainage test, the permeability and the porosity measurements; and determining the receding contact angle of the fluid on the sample material from the threshold pressure. The sample material can be disaggregated material.06-21-2012
20120152546CHEMICAL OXIDATION OR ELECTROMAGNETIC TREATMENT IN SAGD OPERATIONS - A system for treating produced water, for example from a SAGD bitumen production operation, has a treatment unit using chemical oxidation (CO) or electromagnetic treatment (ET) to destroy or degrade organics in the produced water. The treatment module may use CO or ET in combination with biological treatment or sorption processes or both. When the treatment module is used upstream of a steam generator, it reduces fouling in the steam generator and in any blowdown water treatment device. A brine concentrator or a crystallizer may be used to treat the blowdown water. The treatment module may be used in combination with a nanofiltration (NF) or reverse osmosis (RO) membrane filter. Optionally, the produced water may be treated with an ET process such as microwaves directly upstream of a steam generator or upstream of a concentrator or crystallizer in a blowdown water stream.06-21-2012
20120125616METHOD FOR INTEGRATED ENHANCED OIL RECOVERY FROM HETEROGENEOUS RESERVOIRS - The invention relates to a method of recovering oil from a heterogeneous reservoir, comprising a plurality of permeable porous blocks of rock whose pores contain oil and which form interfaces with regions between the blocks, e.g. fractures, having a higher permeability than the blocks. The method comprises the steps of treating the interfaces such that the wettability of the surfaces of the blocks is in a predetermined wettability range, then reducing the permeability in the highly permeable regions, and finally flooding the reservoir by injecting a chase fluid into the reservoir. With the inventive method water phase bridges are established between adjacent blocks in the reservoir thus allowing a transmission of injection pressure for viscous displacement from one block to the next across the reservoir. The invention also relates to a method for long-time storage of CO05-24-2012
20120125615MIXING TANK AND METHOD OF USE - A method of transmitting a fluid into an oil well bore provides a frame supporting a vessel, the vessel having an interior, upper and lower end portions, a conically shaped side wall, and an outlet for discharging the fluid from the vessel. A viscous polymeric material is added to the vessel interior. A discharge pipe having a vertical section is placed below the vessel, the discharge pipe being in communication with the outlet. A positive displacement pump is contained within the discharge pipe. The pump transmits fluid from the outlet into the discharge pipe downstream of the vertical pipe section or pump. The fluid is selectively transmitted to either the vessel interior (for recirculating) or into the well. Air is added to the discharge flow line downstream of the pump. In one embodiment, the vessel contains a flexible bladder or bag that holds the material to be pumped.05-24-2012
20120160496METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE DOWNHOLE TEMPERATURE DURING FLUID INJECTION INTO OILFIELD WELLS - Methods and apparatus for using a fluid within a subterranean formation comprising forming a fluid comprising a fluid additive, introducing the fluid to a formation, observing a temperature, and controlling a rate of fluid introduction using the observed temperature, wherein the observed temperature is lower than if no observing and controlling occurred. A method and apparatus to deliver fluid to a subterranean formation comprising a pump configured to deliver fluid to a wellbore, a flow path configured to receive fluid from the pump, a bottom hole assembly comprising a fluid outlet and a temperature sensor and configured to receive fluid from the flow path, and a controller configured to accept information from the temperature sensor and to send a signal.06-28-2012
20120160497Hydrocarbon Recovery Operations Fluids and Methods For Using the Same - Fluids for use in hydrocarbon recovery operations include water and at least one organo-anionic surfactant. The fluids may be used in methods for conducting hydrocarbon recovery operations, such as drilling operations, completion operations, production operations, injection operations. The fluid may be adapted to remediate a NAF filter cake. Exemplary organo-anionic surfactants may include one or more of monoethanol ammonium alkyl aromatic sulfonic acid, monoethanol ammonium alkyl carboxylic acid, and mixtures thereof.06-28-2012
20120211228Artificial Lift Modeling Methods and Systems - Methods for modeling, configuring, and controlling artificial lift processes are provided as well as systems for controlling artificial lift and hydrocarbon production systems. In particular, the methods and systems include the use of computation solid-liquid slurry models and reservoir inputs configured to provide inputs to configure parameters of an artificial lift system. The methods and systems may also incorporate fluid lift computational models and volume of fluid (VOF) models for verifying the numerical results. The disclosed methods and systems may beneficially be used in combination with hydrocarbon production processes such as fluidized in-situ reservoir extraction (FIRE) process; a SRBR process; an enhanced CHOPS process; and any combination thereof.08-23-2012
20120168165METHOD FOR INTERVENTION OPERATIONS IN SUBSURFACE HYDROCARBON FORMATIONS - Nanoparticles are added to a fluid containing a wetting agent to enhance wetting of solid surfaces in and around the well and removing a water-block from the well. The wetting agent and nanoparticles combine to produce a wetting of the surfaces of the rock that allows recovery of the excess water near the well (water block).07-05-2012
20120168164METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING FLUID FLOW INTO A WELLBORE - In one aspect, an injection apparatus for use in a wellbore is disclosed wherein the apparatus includes a tubular housing and a shield housing disposed outside the tubular housing, the shield housing including a chamber in fluid communication with the tubular housing. The apparatus further includes a piston disposed within the shield housing, the piston coupled to a biasing member, wherein movement of the piston controls fluid communication between the chamber and the wellbore, and wherein the movement of the piston is caused by a pressure change of a fluid within the tubular housing.07-05-2012
20120073818Mixing Tank and Method of Use - A method of transmitting a fluid into an oil well bore provides a frame supporting a vessel, the vessel having an interior, upper and lower end portions, a conically shaped side wall, and an outlet for discharging the fluid from the vessel. A viscous polymeric material is added to the vessel interior. A discharge pipe having a vertical section is placed below the vessel, the discharge pipe being in communication with the outlet. A positive displacement pump is contained within the discharge pipe. The pump transmits fluid from the outlet into the discharge pipe downstream of the vertical pipe section or pump. The fluid is selectively transmitted to either the vessel interior (for recirculating) or into the well. Air is added to the discharge flow line downstream of the pump.03-29-2012
20120073817Tethered Polymers Used to Enhance the Stability of Microemulsion Fluids - Of the methods provided in this invention, one method includes: providing a treatment fluid comprising: an aqueous fluid, a microemulsion surfactant, and an amphiphilic polymer, wherein the amphiphilic polymer comprises a hydrophobic component, and a hydrophilic component; and introducing the treatment fluid into a subterranean formation, wherein the microemulsion surfactant forms a microemulsion that comprises the amphiphilic polymer within the subterranean formation.03-29-2012
20120255734MOBILE, MODULAR, ELECTRICALLY POWERED SYSTEM FOR USE IN FRACTURING UNDERGROUND FORMATIONS - The present invention provides a method and system for providing on-site electrical power to a fracturing operation, and an electrically powered fracturing system. Natural gas can be used to drive a turbine generator in the production of electrical power. A scalable, electrically powered fracturing fleet is provided to pump fluids for the fracturing operation, obviating the need for a constant supply of diesel fuel to the site and reducing the site footprint and infrastructure required for the fracturing operation, when compared with conventional systems.10-11-2012
20090020289Secondary oil recovery - A process for injecting water into a subterranean petroleum-bearing formation for petroleum recovery, said method comprising: a) positioning a selective membrane between an aqueous solution and formation water having a higher solute concentration than the aqueous solution, such that water passes across the membrane by osmosis to dilute the formation water, b) injecting the diluted formation water into the petroleum-bearing formation, c) recovering formation water from the petroleum-bearing formation, and d) using at least a portion of the recovered formation water in step a).01-22-2009
20100326661WELL JET DEVICE AND THE OPERATION METHOD THEREOF - Well jet enables forming, via jet pump, range of different depressions in well tail area at specified differential pressure value. Logging instrument enables recording well and pumped out medium physical parameters. Well operating modes are adjusted by spring-loaded stepped piston positioned in seal unit body so as to open and close holes. Return valves in pumped out and active media supply channels, combined with stepped through channel, of diameter equal to or greater than diameter of the axial through hole of a packer and which is made in the pump body below a mounting seat, enable supplying chemical reagents along a pipe string to a production formation without additional units and prevent media pumped to the production formation, from annular above-packer space penetration. Said invention enables increasing reliability and performance by preventing active medium backflow and by maintaining the depression produced on the formation when the jet pump is stopped.12-30-2010
20110120717GENERATION OF FLUID FOR HYDROCARBON RECOVERY - Methods and apparatus relate to recovering petroleum products from underground reservoirs. The recovering of the petroleum products relies on introduction of heat and solvent into the reservoirs. Supplying water and then solvent for hydrocarbons in direct contact with combustion of fuel and oxidant generates a stream suitable for injection into the reservoir in order to achieve such thermal and solvent based recovery.05-26-2011
20110036581SYSTEM FOR PULSE-INJECTING FLUID INTO A BOREHOLE - For injecting e.g. water into ground formation around a borehole, and for superimposing pulses onto the outflow of the injected water, it is important that the pulses have a rapid rise-time. A piston is connected to a pulse-valve of the tool. A bias spring urges the piston towards its closed position. The piston is urged towards the open position by a differential PDAF between the supplied accumulator-pressure and the in-ground formation-pressure. When the pulse-valve is open, the PDAF is falling, until the force of the spring closes the pulse-valve. Then the PDAF rises, but now the PDAF acts over only a small area of the piston. When the PDAF is high enough to ease the pulse-valve open, suddenly the whole area of the piston is exposed to the PDAF, whereby the pulse-valve opens violently.02-17-2011
20110036580OIL RECOVERY BY SEQUENTIAL WATERFLOODING WITH OIL REINJECTION AND OIL RELOCATION - A method for enhancing oil recovery from reservoirs is described. The method includes partially recharging zones of pore space in a reservoir that has been previously waterflooded to extract oil, in order to obtain increased ultimate oil recovery by re-waterflooding the recharged zones. The recharging may be achieved by either reinjection of oil or by change in injection scheme, such as changing an oil producing well to a water injection well. This procedure of recharging with oil followed by waterflooding may be repeated. Application of the present method to increase recovery from reservoirs producing dry (water-free) oil to mature reservoirs which produce at high water-to-oil ratios is anticipated.02-17-2011
20110036578Apparatus and Method for Passive Fluid Control in a Wellbore - In aspects the present disclosure provides systems, devices and methods for controlling the flow of water from a subterranean formation into a production well. In one embodiment, the device may include a flow control member formed from a shape-conforming material and a hydrophilic polymer disposed within the shape-conforming member in an amount sufficient to cause the flow control member to restrict flow of water therethrough.02-17-2011
20110036577MANIPULATION OF FLOW UNDERGROUND - Solid material required at a subterranean location is supplied from the surface suspended in a carrier liquid and agglomerated below ground by means of a binding liquid. Agglomeration is achieved by arranging that the binding liquid and the particulate solid are similar to each other but opposite to the carrier liquid in hydrophilic/hydrophobic character. The solid and the binding liquid may both be hydrophobic while the carrier liquid is hydrophilic, or vice versa. The solid may be hydrophobically surface modified to render it hydrophobic. The binding liquid may be provided as a precursor which converts to the binding liquid below ground to trigger agglomeration after arrival at the subterranean location.02-17-2011
20120267111Synthesis of Degradable Polymers Downhole for Oilfield Applications - A method is given for polymerizing monomers downhole to create well treatment polymers. The monomers each contain two polymerizable groups and a degradable group or groups which allow the polymer to degrade under downhole conditions, for example by hydrolysis. Polymerization downhole allows easier, more precise, placement of polymer. Polymer obtained from monomers pumped downhole may be used, for example, for fluid diversion plugs, isolation plugs, formation consolidation, flowback control, and fluid loss control. Synthesized polymer may form gels, films, solids or other structure in treated wellbores, fractures, and/or formations. After the desired effect is achieved, the deposited polymer degrades and the polymer degradation products dissolve, leaving the wellbore, fracture and/or formation clean, with no damage that might have decreased fluid flow.10-25-2012
20110226479DIVERSION BY COMBINING DISSOLVABLE AND DEGRADABLE PARTICLES AND FIBERS - In downhole treatments in the oilfield, ball sealers seated in perforations may not fully seal and may leak fluid through gaps and asperities between the balls and the perforations. A method is given for improving the sealing of ball sealers in perforations by adding a sealing agent that forms a plug in the gaps and severely restricts or eliminates fluid flow. The sealing agent is preferably degradable or soluble, malleable fibers slightly larger than the gaps. Optionally, the particles may be non-degradable, rigid, of different shapes, and smaller than the gaps but able to bridge them. Mixtures of sealing agents may be used. The sealing agent may be added with the ball sealers, after the ball sealers, or both.09-22-2011
20120298368Silica Control Agents for Use in Subterranean Treatment Fluids - Methods involving the use of subterranean treatment fluids comprising a silica control agent and an aqueous base fluid wherein the treatment fluid is placed into a portion of a subterranean formation and wherein the silica control agent is present in an amount of at least 75% of the saturation point in the treatment fluid. The methods include fracturing and gravel packing operations using a treatment fluid including a silica control agent present in an amount of at least 75% of the saturation point in the treatment fluid.11-29-2012
20120318514METHODS OF TREATING A SUBTERRANEAN FORMATION CONTAINING HYDROCARBONS - A method of treating a subterranean formation containing hydrocarbons is disclosed, the method comprising: modifying the subterranean formation with a surface energy reducing agent; and injecting into the subterranean formation a fracturing fluid containing a base fluid and a gelling agent; in which the surface energy reducing agent is selected to effectively reduce the surface energy of the subterranean formation to at or below the surface tension of the gelling agent.12-20-2012
20120325483COMBINED MISCIBLE OR NEAR MISCIBLE GAS AND ASP FLOODING FOR ENHANCED OIL RECOVERY - A method for enhancing oil recovery by combining miscible or near miscible gas flooding with Alkaline-Surfactant-Polymer (ASP) flooding to produce an enhanced Water-Alternating-Gas (WAG) flooding method is described. The ASP flooding may include individual and combination injections of alkaline, surfactant and polymer. Carbon dioxide may be used as a flood gas. Numerical simulations show that the present method may provide better oil recovery when compared with separate ASP or CO12-27-2012
20120325482ALKALINE PERSULFATE FOR LOW-TEMPERATURE BREAKING OF MULTI-CHAIN POLYMER VISCOSIFIED FLUID - A persulfate compound activated by a strong base is used for low-temperature breaking of fluids viscosified with a multi-chain polysaccharide. The breaker system can be used in an oilfield or pipeline application where a multi-chain polysaccharide may be used in a fluid. It is particularly useful at low temperatures of less than 100° F. Optionally, the water can be a brine.12-27-2012
20110303414Method for Improving the Clean-Up of Emulsified Acid Fluid Systems - Using a complex emulsion for treating a subterranean formation, such as to dissolve minerals therein (e.g. carbonates, scales, and/or filter cake) to improve permeability, substantially improves post treatment fluid clean-up for improved hydrocarbon production. The complex emulsion is made by mixing an acid aqueous phase with an oil external microemulsion to give an initial product, where the acid aqueous phase is an external phase and the microemulsion is an internal phase. Then the initial product is mixed with a second oil (e.g. xylene, diesel, toluene, kerosene, other aromatics, refined hydrocarbons and the like) containing an emulsifier to make a complex emulsion.12-15-2011
20120285688METHOD OF WELL TREATMENT USING SYNTHETIC POLYMERS - A method for treating a subterranean formation, including estimating the solubility parameter of a monomer; selecting a solvent based on the parameter; forming a fluid comprising the monomer and solvent; and introducing the fluid to the formation, wherein the formation is about 350° F. or warmer. A method for treating a subterranean formation, including forming a fluid comprising the monomer and solvent, wherein the monomer comprises poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) and/or poly(2-hydroxyethyl acrylate, and wherein the solvent comprises zinc bromide or calcium bromide or both; and introducing the fluid to the formation, wherein the formation is about 350° F. or warmer.11-15-2012
20120090847Tools and Methods for Use in Completion of a Wellbore - A ported tubular is provided for use in casing a wellbore, to permit selective access to the adjacent formation during completion operations. A system and method for completing a wellbore using the ported tubular are also provided. Ports within the wellbore casing may be opened, isolated, or otherwise accessed to deliver treatment to the formation through the ports.04-19-2012
20120090846MODIFICATION OF SOLID POLYSACCHARIDE WITH TRANSESTERIFICATION AGENT - Polysaccharides, for example xanthan, diutan, scleroglucan, gums, celluloses, and starches, and derivatives of the foregoing, are reacted with organic carbonates forming products that: (1) have increased viscosifying efficiency, i.e., higher viscosities at reduced concentrations compared to the unmodified polysaccharide; or (2) are insolubilized at temperature ranges for which the unmodified polysaccharide would hydrate fully; or (3) both properties. In some cases, the insolubilized polysaccharides can be activated to dissolve and viscosify at specific temperature ranges by using pH modifiers. A method of treating a well is provided, including the steps of: (a) obtaining a modified polysaccharide characterized by having been made by the process of combining: (i) a water-soluble polysaccharide, wherein the polysaccharide is in a solid form during the combining step; and (ii) a transesterification agent, wherein the transesterification agent is in liquid form; wherein the step of combining is in the presence of less than 10% by weight water relative to the water-soluble polysaccharide and wherein any water present is at a pH of 8 or less; (b) forming a treatment fluid comprising the modified polysaccharide and water; and (c) introducing the treatment fluid into the well.04-19-2012
20120285691Permeability modification and water shut off composition and process - A composition and process for reducing the permeability of a matrix without completely blocking the matrix {is describe}. The composition uses a nano-sized water insoluble particle as a template to control the permeability by determining the size of the holes formed in the matrix.11-15-2012
20120285690Multi-Stage Methods and Compositions for Desensitizing Subterranean Formations Faces - A method of desensitizing a subterranean formation may include introducing a leading-edge fluid comprising a first base fluid and a first desensitizing agent into at least a portion of the subterranean formation, wherein the first desensitizing agent is present in the first base fluid at a first concentration; and then introducing a treatment fluid comprising a second base fluid and a second desensitizing agent into at least a portion of the subterranean formation, wherein the second desensitizing agent is present in the second base fluid at a second concentration, and wherein the first concentration is higher than the second concentration.11-15-2012
20120285689Methods and Compositions for Clay Control - Stabilizing a subterranean formation containing water-sensitive clays with methods including introducing a leading-edge fluid comprising a first base fluid and a first clay stabilizer solution wherein the first clay stabilizer is present in the first base fluid at a first concentration; and then introducing a treatment fluid comprising a second base fluid and a second clay stabilizer solution wherein the second clay stabilizer is present in the second base fluid at a second concentration, wherein the first concentration of clay stabilizer solution is higher than the second concentration of clay stabilizer solution.11-15-2012
20130014951APPLYING TREATMENT FLUID TO A SUBTERRANEAN ROCK MATRIXAANM Fitzpatrick; Harvey J.AACI KatyAAST TXAACO USAAGP Fitzpatrick; Harvey J. Katy TX US - The present disclosure relates to applying treatment fluid to a rock matrix in a subterranean formation. An injection fluid is received in a wellbore in a subterranean formation. The subterranean formation includes a rock matrix about the wellbore. Shear bands are induced in the rock matrix by communicating the injection fluid from the wellbore into the rock matrix. A chemical treatment fluid is communicated through the shear bands into the matrix. The chemical treatment is conducted from the wellbore primarily by a portion of the rock matrix that forms a wall of the wellbore, primarily by a subset of the shear bands that intersect the wall of the wellbore, or primarily by a combination of them. In some instances, the shear bands may improve uniformity or efficiency of the chemical treatment.01-17-2013
20130014950Methods of Well Cleanout, Stimulation and Remediation and Thermal Convertor Assembly for Accomplishing SameAANM DICKINSON; Theodore ElliotAACI HuffmanAAST TXAACO USAAGP DICKINSON; Theodore Elliot Huffman TX US - A thermal convertor is formed from a controlled combustion chamber selectively supplied by an appropriate fuel, preferably diesel, and compressed air. The control over the temperature of the combustion chamber is provided by regulating the flow of fuel, air and pressure into and out of the combustion chamber. Flow control valves open or close the inputs of fuel and water to, and the output of the superheated vapors from, the combustion chamber to specifically control the behavior of the combustion chamber and the composition and quality of the output from the combustion chamber. This assembly is then used to inject superheated nearly oxygen-free vapors including well treatment chemicals into a well bore cleaning the well, including the annulus and rathole, near-well bore and perforations of fines and asphaltenic particles, then stimulating an existing but newly cleaned well to produce additional oil. These methods can also be used to stimulate high paraffinic wells or wells with high viscosity crude oil, and for the maintenance of well pressure to enhance production rates.01-17-2013
20100051281Pneumatic Line Deicing System - A wellbore servicing method comprising supplying a deicing fluid to a pressurized pneumatic line on a drilling rig, whereby the deicing fluid retards the formation of ice within the pressurized pneumatic line is also disclosed. A wellbore servicing apparatus comprising a pump, a sight glass container coupled to the pump, and a storage tank coupled to the sight glass container and the pump is also disclosed. A wellbore servicing apparatus comprising an air regulator configured to couple to a pneumatic line coupled to an air compressor, a pneumatic pump coupled to the air regulator and configured to couple to the pneumatic line, a sight glass container coupled to the pneumatic pump, and a storage tank coupled to the sight glass container and the pneumatic pump is disclosed.03-04-2010
20130133890ALKALINE PERSULFATE FOR LOW-TEMPERATURE BREAKING OF MULTI-CHAIN POLYMER VISCOSIFIED FLUID - A persulfate compound activated by a strong base is used for low-temperature breaking of fluids viscosified with a multi-chain polysaccharide. The breaker system can be used in an oilfield or pipeline application where a multi-chain polysaccharide may be used in a fluid. It is particularly useful at low temperatures of less than 100° F. Optionally, the water can be a brine.05-30-2013
20130175037METHOD OF CONTROLLING RESERVOIR PARTICLES USING ELECTROLYTIC COMPOSITE MATERIALS - A method of reducing the presence of particles in a downhole environment, comprising contacting sediment particles contained in a downhole environment, with a composition comprising: a metallic composition, an inorganic oxide-based polymer, and a solvent; the contacting occurring in the presence of a fluid capable of decomposing the metallic composition07-11-2013
20130168095IODIDE STABILIZER FOR VISCOSIFIED FLUID CONTAINING IRON - A composition of a treatment fluid and method for treating a zone of well. In an embodiment, the composition includes at least: (i) an aqueous phase; (ii) at least 5 ppm iron ion in the aqueous phase; (iii) a source of at least 5 ppm iodide ion to be dissolved in the aqueous phase; (iv) a water-soluble viscosity-increasing agent dissolved in the aqueous phase; and (v) a source of an oxidative breaker to be dissolved in the aqueous phase. In an embodiment, a method of treating a zone of a subterranean formation of a well includes at least the steps of: (a) forming a treatment fluid according to the composition; and (b) introducing the treatment fluid into the zone.07-04-2013
20130168096Additive to Fluid for The Treatment of Subterranean Formation and A Method for Treating Subterranean Formation - The composition includes a pH adjusting agent and a precipitation-control agent. The pH adjusting agent provides the hydrolysis of degradable fibers at a temperature of no more than 50° C. and comprises substances that may provide and maintain a high pH environment. The precipitation-control agent allows maximally delaying or completely suppressing the formation and deposition of precipitate during the hydrolysis of the degradable components in the treatment fluid A method of treating an subterranean formations penetrated by a wellbore with the additives described herein comprises providing a treatment fluid comprising a base mixture and a degradable substance, with additionally added degradable materials, and injecting the prepared treatment fluid into the subterranean formation.07-04-2013
20120247774SLOW RELEASE BREAKER TREATMENT FLUIDS AND THEIR ASSOCIATED METHODS OF USE - A method of treating a portion of a subterranean formation comprises providing a treatment fluid comprising a carrier fluid, a viscosifying agent, a breaker, and a breaker aid wherein the breaker aid slowly releases a catalyst, wherein the viscosifying agent and the breaker in the carrier fluid have an initial viscosity and the catalyst and the breaker cooperate to decrease the viscosity of the treatment fluid below half of the initial viscosity after at least 30 minutes; and treating the subterranean formation.10-04-2012
20130168097METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ENHANCING OIL RECOVERY (EOR) BY INJECTING TREATED WATER INTO AN OIL BEARING FORMATION - A process and a system for enhancing recovery of oil from an oil-bearing formation are provided in which water having a total dissolved solids content is filtered to remove some solids in a filter assembly, the filtered water is treated to remove some ions in a capacitive deionization assembly, and the filtered deionized water is injected into the oil-bearing formation to mobilize crude oil and enhance oil recovery from the formation.07-04-2013
20130112418Composition and Methods for Protecting Metal Surfaces from Corrosion - Guard bed compositions for protecting metal surfaces in a wellbore from corrosion may comprise a variety of constituent components. Exemplary guard bed compositions may include: one or more surfactants selected from the group comprising amine surfactants; one or more co-surfactants selected from the group comprising C3 to C15 alcohols; and one or more non-surfactant amines. Other exemplary guard bed compositions may comprise: a hydrocarbon fluid and an overbased detergent. Still other exemplary guard bed compositions may comprise: a hydrocarbon fluid; one or more surfactants; one or more co-surfactants; and one or more non-surfactant amines. The one or more surfactants may be selected from the group comprising alkyl alkoxylated surfactants. Still further, exemplary guard bed compositions may comprise: a hydrocarbon fluid and one or more associating surface active polymers selected from the group comprising amphiphilic polymers.05-09-2013
20130112417Compositions and Methods for Protecting Metal Surfaces from Corrosion - Guard bed compositions for protecting metal surfaces in a wellbore from corrosion may comprise a variety of constituent components. Exemplary guard bed compositions may include: one or more surfactants selected from the group comprising amine surfactants; one or more co-surfactants selected from the group comprising C3 to C15 alcohols; and one or more non-surfactant amines. Other exemplary guard bed compositions may comprise: a hydrocarbon fluid and an overbased detergent. Still other exemplary guard bed compositions may comprise: a hydrocarbon fluid; one or more surfactants; one or more co-surfactants; and one or more non-surfactant amines. The one or more surfactants may be selected from the group comprising alkyl alkoxylated surfactants. Still further, exemplary guard bed compositions may comprise: a hydrocarbon fluid and one or more associating surface active polymers selected from the group comprising amphiphilic polymers.05-09-2013
20130112416Compositions and Methods for Protecting Metal Surfaces from Corrosion - Guard bed compositions for protecting metal surfaces in a wellbore from corrosion may comprise a variety of constituent components. Exemplary guard bed compositions may include: one or more surfactants selected from the group comprising amine surfactants; one or more co-surfactants selected from the group comprising C3 to C15 alcohols; and one or more non-surfactant amines. Other exemplary guard bed compositions may comprise: a hydrocarbon fluid and an overbased detergent. Still other exemplary guard bed compositions may comprise: a hydrocarbon fluid; one or more surfactants; one or more co-surfactants; and one or more non-surfactant amines. The one or more surfactants may be selected from the group comprising alkyl alkoxylated surfactants. Still further, exemplary guard bed compositions may comprise: a hydrocarbon fluid and one or more associating surface active polymers selected from the group comprising amphiphilic polymers.05-09-2013
20130112415Compositions and Methods for Protecting Metal Surfaces from Corrosion - Guard bed compositions for protecting metal surfaces in a wellbore from corrosion may comprise a variety of constituent components. Exemplary guard bed compositions may include: one or more surfactants selected from the group comprising amine surfactants; one or more co-surfactants selected from the group comprising C3 to C15 alcohols; and one or more non-surfactant amines. Other exemplary guard bed compositions may comprise: a hydrocarbon fluid and an overbased detergent. Still other exemplary guard bed compositions may comprise: a hydrocarbon fluid; one or more surfactants; one or more co-surfactants; and one or more non-surfactant amines. The one or more surfactants may be selected from the group comprising alkyl alkoxylated surfactants. Still further, exemplary guard bed compositions may comprise: a hydrocarbon fluid and one or more associating surface active polymers selected from the group comprising amphiphilic polymers.05-09-2013
20130098620FLOW RATE CONTROL VALVE FOR SOLUTIONS OF POLYMERS - The disclosure relates to a method for injecting a fluid into an underground formation, wherein: 04-25-2013
20130098618HYDROPHOBICALLY MODIFIED POLYMER FOR THERMALLY STABILIZING FRACTURING FLUIDS - A method for treating a zone of subterranean formation is provided. The method includes the steps of: (a) forming a treatment fluid including: (i) water; (ii) a viscosity-increasing agent selected from the group consisting of water-soluble polysaccharides, water-soluble derivatives thereof, and any combination of the foregoing; (iii) a crosslinker for the viscosity-increasing agent; (iv) a hydrophobically modified water-soluble polymer; wherein the viscosity-increasing agent is not a hydrophobically modified polymer; and (b) introducing the treatment fluid into a zone of a subterranean formation, wherein the zone has a design temperature of equal to or greater than 350° F.04-25-2013
20130140028WELLBORE CLEANING APPARATUS AND METHOD - A debris collecting tool for use within a wellbore is provided. The tool comprises a filter body having an upstream end and a downstream end. A first fluid passage extends longitudinally between the upstream and downstream ends of the filter body, and at least one second fluid passage connects the first fluid passage with the exterior of the filter body. A filter is located between the first fluid passage and the at least one second fluid passage. The tool further comprises a flow controller movable between a first position in which fluid is prevented from entering the at least one second fluid passage from the exterior of the filter body, and a second position in which fluid is permitted to enter the at least one second fluid passage from the exterior of the filter body. An agitator body is attached to the upstream end of the filter body, and includes at least one radially projecting agitation member. Methods of using the tool to collect debris and clean a wellbore are also provided.06-06-2013
20130140030Apparatus and method for dispensing chemicals into a well - A well chemical dispensing system includes a tubular sub for securing into a drill string. A ball stop is located within the passage. A ball filled with a liquid surfactant is pumped down the well. The ball is formed of a frangible material for shattering on impact with the ball stop, so as to dispense the surfactant, causing foaming when mixing with well fluid. Struts within the ball extend across an interior of the ball and join to inner surfaces of the ball. The struts are formed of a solid surfactant material. The ball has a spherical shape with dimples formed in an exterior surface of the sphere. A spring in the passage applies an upward force on the ball stop. The ball stop has upper and lower grids extending across the passage.06-06-2013
20110048718Treatment Fluids Comprising Entangled Equilibrium Polymer Networks - The invention relates to compositions and methods relating to treatment fluids that comprise entangled equilibrium polymer networks in subterranean applications. In one aspect, the invention provides a method comprising: providing a treatment fluid comprising at least one entangled equilibrium polymer network, and placing the treatment fluid in a subterranean formation.03-03-2011
20130140029TORQUE LIMITING DEVICE - A work string assembly for an oil or gas well has a first and second tubulars, and a torque limiting device connected in the work string. The torque limiting device has a body with an axial bore and two interconnected members that can disconnect to be relatively rotatable. The interconnected members can be repeatedly re-engageable when the torque levels drop below a torque threshold value, or can be connected by a frangible member that is broken when the interconnected members disconnect. A selectively actuable circulation port provided in the string adjacent to and above the torque limiting device allows the annulus between the work string and the casing to be flushed with fluid from the port.06-06-2013
20130146290SELECTIVE PLACEMENT OF CONFORMANCE TREATMENTS IN MULTI-ZONE WELL COMPLETIONS - Selective placement of conformance treatments in multi-zone well completions. A method includes injecting a relative permeability modifier into a zone and optimizing a ratio of desired fluid to undesired fluid produced from the zone, including adjusting at least one flow control device between fully open and fully closed configurations. Another method includes injecting a relative permeability modifier into multiple zones, one at a time, via respective flow control devices, and then producing fluid from each of the zones. Another method includes identifying which of the zones to treat by, for each of the zones: a) closing flow control devices corresponding to the other zones, and b) evaluating fluid produced from the zone; and injecting a conformance treatment into the zones identified as the zones to treat.06-13-2013
20110247823METHOD OF CONTACTING HYDROCARBON-BEARING FORMATIONS WITH FLUORINATED PHOSPHATE AND PHOSPHONATE COMPOSITIONS - Method comprising contacting a hydrocarbon-bearing formation with a composition comprising solvent and a fluoropolyether compound. The fluoropolyether compound: is represented by formula Rf—[C(0)—NR10-13-2011
20100288498FLUORINATED POLYMER COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS FOR TREATING HYDROCARBON-BEARING FORMATIONS USING THE SAME - Fluorinated polymers having first divalent units represented by formula, and a plurality of groups of formula —CH11-18-2010
20100300692APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR LIMITING DEBRIS FLOW BACK INTO AN UNDERGROUND BASE PIPE OF AN INJECTION WELL - In some embodiments, apparatus for assisting in reducing flowback of debris from an earthen formation into an underground fluid injection system includes a screen member disposed around and longitudinally moveable relative to a base pipe and shielded from direct contact with fluid as it is ejected from the base pipe.12-02-2010
20100307754Aerosol injection into vadose zone - An apparatus and process for delivering aerosol-based amendments into a subsurface region is provided. The apparatus used to form the aerosol has an ability to restrict the aerosol particle size to a preferred particle size range such that undesired particle sizes are not introduced. By maintaining a proper ratio of aerosol particle size to subsurface pore size, the efficiency of an aerosol introduction can be enhanced.12-09-2010
20100307753Methods of Treating Flowback Water - Methods of treating flowback water from a subterranean formation penetrated by a well bore are provided, comprising: (a) providing remediated flowback water having a ferrous iron (Fe12-09-2010
20100307752Fluid Treatment Systems, Compositions and Methods for Metal Ion Stabilization in Aqueous Solutions and/or Enhanced Fluid Performance - Fluid treatment systems and compositions are provided including (a) at least one material including (1) at least one carboxylic acid functional group and (2) at least one sulfur-containing group selected from the group consisting of sulfonyl functional groups, sulfonate functional groups and mixtures thereof; and (b) at least one friction reducing agent selected from the group consisting of guar gums, polyacrylamides, hydratable cellulosic materials, viscoelastic surfactants, and mixtures thereof. The fluid treatment systems and compositions can be used to treat aqueous systems, for example as fracturing fluids for use in fracturing subterranean formations. Methods for inhibiting formation and/or precipitation of metal oxides in an aqueous composition using the fluid treatment systems or compositions also are provided.12-09-2010
20120273204ZERO EMISSION LIQUID FUEL PRODUCTION BY OXYGEN INJECTION - An enhanced oil recovery method is provided. This method includes; introducing a first essentially pure oxygen stream into a subterranean hydrocarbon-bearing formation traversed by at least one injection well and at least one production well, and initiating and sustaining in-situ combustion in the vicinity of the injection well. This method also includes introducing a second essentially pure oxygen stream and a hydrocarbon-containing fuel gas stream into the combustion device of a power generation system, wherein the combustion device produces an exhaust gas stream comprising water and carbon dioxide. This method also includes separating the exhaust gas stream into a stream of essentially pure water, and a stream of essentially pure carbon dioxide, and introducing at least a portion of the essentially pure carbon dioxide stream into the subterranean hydrocarbon-bearing formation prior to initiating the in-situ combustion.11-01-2012
20120273203DOWNHOLE MIXING DEVICE FOR MIXING A FIRST FLUID WITH A SECOND FLUID - Methods and devices for mixing a first fluid with a second fluid downhole include a chamber having a first end, a second end and an opening for fluid to flow there through. A top surface of a perforated piston is capable of contacting the second end and a top surface of a piston is capable of contacting a bottom surface of the perforated piston. The perforated piston is located at a first position within the chamber based upon characteristics of a first fluid. A first fluid delivery system supplies the first fluid and a second fluid delivery system supplies a second fluid to the chamber, wherein the second fluid is at a pressure that moves the piston approximate to the first end. An actuating device applies a force against the bottom surface of the piston to inject the fluids through channels of the perforated piston to produce spray droplets.11-01-2012
20120273202Controlled Production and Injection - A well production and injection string includes a plurality of spaced apart packers each adapted to seal with a wall of the wellbore. A plurality of flow control devices are provided in the string, distributed between pairs of adjacent packers. The flow control devices are adapted to communicate flow between an interior and an exterior of the string with less restriction to flow from the interior to the exterior of the string than to flow from the exterior to the interior of the string.11-01-2012
20130153231AUTOMATIC CHEMICAL TREATMENT SYSTEM WITH LIQUID LEVEL SENSOR IN CHEMICAL TANK FOR CALIBRATION AND CHEMICAL DISPENSING RATE CONTROL - A wellbore chemical treating system include a storage vessel for containing a treating chemical. A chemical dispenser is in fluid communication between an outlet of the vessel and a well for selectively controlling the flow of the chemical from the vessel to the well. A liquid level sensor is disposed in the storage vessel. A controller is in signal communication with the liquid level sensor and is configured to operate the chemical dispenser. The controller is configured to adjust an operating time of the chemical dispenser based on changes in a liquid level measured by the liquid level sensor over a selected period of time.06-20-2013
20130153232METHODS AND COMPOSITIONS FOR REDUCING PERMEABILITY OF A SUBTERRANEAN FORMATION - The present application is directed to an aqueous composition made up of an alkali metal silicate; a hardener containing at least one dibasic ester, at least one nonionic surfactant, at least one terpene or terpene derivative and optionally at least one polyalkylene glycol; and a retarder. The composition is useful for reducing the permeability in a subterranean formation, so as to reduce or prevent water flow and circulation loss of well fluids such as drilling fluids or cement.06-20-2013
20100314116Method of Removing Inorganic Scales - The productivity of hydrocarbons from hydrocarbon-bearing calcareous or siliceous formations is enhanced by contacting the formation with a well treatment composition which contains a hydrofluoric acid source, a boron containing compound and a phosphonate acid, ester or salt thereof.12-16-2010
20100314115SWELLABLE POLYMER WITH CATIONIC SITES - The invention is directed to long lasting crosslinked water-soluble swellable polymers, methods for making same, and their uses. More particularly, the invention relates to a composition comprising expandable polymeric particles having cationic sites as well as labile crosslinkers and stable crosslinkers, said particle mixed with a fluid. A particularly important use is as an injection fluid in petroleum production, where the expandable polymeric particles are injected into a target zones in the reservoirs and when the heat and/or a suitable pH in the reservoir cause degradation of the labile crosslinker and when the particle expands, the cationic sites in the polymer adsorb to negative sites of the rock in the formation, thus diverting water to lower permeability regions and improving oil recovery. However, many other uses are possible.12-16-2010
20100314114SWELLABLE POLYMER WITH ANIONIC SITES - The invention is directed to stable crosslinked water-soluble swellable polymers and methods for making same. More particularly, the invention relates to a composition comprising expandable polymeric particles having anionic sites and labile crosslinkers and stable crosslinkers, said particle mixed with a fluid and a cationic crosslinker that is capable of further crosslinking the particle on degradation of the labile crosslinker and exposure of the anionic sites so as to form a gel. A particularly important use is as an injection fluid in petroleum production, where the expandable polymeric particles are injected into target zone and when the heat and/or suitable pH of the target zone cause degradation of the labile crosslinker and the particle expands, the cationic crosslinker crosslinks the polymer to form a gel, thus diverting water to lower permeability regions and improving oil recovery.12-16-2010
20110232909METHODS AND APPARATUSES FOR MIXING DRILLING FLUIDS - A method of mixing drilling fluids, the method including injecting a drilling fluid into a high shear mixing unit and processing the drilling fluid with the high shear mixing unit. The processing includes forcing the drilling fluid through a first row of teeth of a first stage.09-29-2011
20110232908ADDITIVE AND METHOD FOR SERVICING SUBTERRANEAN WELLS - Disclosed is a weighting agent comprising processed taconite, and methods of applying the weighting agents during the completion of subterranean wells. The processed taconite is ground such that the particle-size distribution is comparable to and compatible with other suspended solids in fluids such as, but not limited to, drilling fluids, lost-circulation-control fluids, spacer fluids, cement slurries and temporary pills.09-29-2011
20130180718METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR WELLBORE FLUID TREATMENT - A tubing string assembly is disclosed for fluid treatment of a wellbore. The tubing string can be used for staged wellbore fluid treatment where a selected segment of the wellbore is treated, while other segments are sealed off. The tubing string can also be used where a ported tubing string is required to be run in in a pressure tight condition and later is needed to be in an open-port condition.07-18-2013
20130180719METHOD FOR AUTONOMOUS CONTROL OF A CHEMICAL INJECTION SYSTEM FOR OIL AND GAS WELLS - A control program for a positive displacement metering system measures the time required for the travel of a free piston in a cylinder of known volume to determine an average flow rate during a full stroke of the piston. The system may also measure and record the inlet and outlet pressures or the differential pressure between the fluid inlet and outlet. The control program positions a four-way valve which may function as an adjustable metering orifice in response to the measured average flow rate and/or changes in the inlet and outlet pressures to achieve the desired flow rate. At the end of each stroke, the four-way valve is repositioned to reverse fluid flow through the metering cylinder. The system may revise the valve position settings for both forward and reverse strokes based on the measured time required for a full stroke at a certain valve position. In this way, the system automatically and iteratively compensates for changes in fluid properties and fluid pressure. A cleaning cycle which progressively opens the valve stepwise and may culminate in full open valve travel in both fluid flow directions is provided in the event of an obstruction of the valve orifice.07-18-2013
20090095483INSTALLATION FOR ENHANCED OIL RECOVERY USING WATER-SOLUBLE POLYMERS, METHOD IMPLEMENTING SAME - Installation for enhanced oil recovery comprising in succession: a polymer storage hopper, a grinding device and a pressurized injection pump. The grinding device has a chamber for grinding and draining the dispersed polymer comprising a rotor and a stator, and on all or part of the periphery of the chamber, a ring fed by a secondary water circuit. The ring communicates with the chamber for spraying of pressurised water on the blades of the stator. A method implementing the installation is also provided.04-16-2009
20130126173Cement Head - A method of assembling a wellbore servicing tool, comprising placing a first module adjacent to a second module along an axis, engaging a bridge with each of the first module and the second module by, while the bridge radially overlaps one of the first module and second module, substantially restricting movement of the bridge to movement radially toward the first module and the second module and toward the axis. A method of assembling a wellbore servicing tool, comprising angularly aligning a first module with a second module, joining the first module to the second module while maintaining the angular alignment between first module and the second module. A method of assembling a wellbore servicing tool, comprising assembling a cement head without using torque to join components of the cement head, and passing a fluid through the cement head into a wellbore.05-23-2013
20130126172METHOD OF MAKING CARBON DIOXIDE - Carbon dioxide free of many impurities is formed by combusting syngas with oxygen and controlling the amount of oxygen combined with the syngas so that the produced combustion gas has less than 2% unreacted oxygen. The syngas can be formed in a horizontal reactor 05-23-2013
20110308802DEGRADABLE MATERIAL FOR DIFFERENT OILFIELD APPLICATIONS - This invention relates to compositions and methods A method of treating a subterranean formation including forming a fluid comprising zein, and introducing the fluid to a subterranean formation. A method of treating a subterranean formation comprising a wellbore, including introducing a tubular to the wellbore wherein the tubular comprises zein.12-22-2011
20130186628DOWNHOLE TOOL HYDRAULIC RETRIEVER - A downhole tool hydraulic retriever is provided that includes a stroking unit comprising a hydraulic cylinder, a piston body at least partially disposed within the hydraulic cylinder, and a piston rod extending from the piston body. The downhole tool hydraulic retriever also includes first and second packer cup assemblies configured to translate axially with respect to each other. In addition, the downhole tool hydraulic retriever includes a pressure intensification module comprising sequencing valves and hydraulic distribution lines configured to divert pressure to the first packer cup assembly when the piston body is at a beginning of a stroke within the hydraulic cylinder, and to divert pressure to the second packer cup assembly when the piston body is at an end of the stroke within the hydraulic cylinder.07-25-2013
20130186629Asphaltene Inhibitors for Squeeze Applications - Reaction products of polymeric alkyl phenol formaldehyde resins are useful as additives to inhibit or prevent the deposition or precipitation of asphaltenes in hydrocarbon fluids, particularly crude oil produced from a subterranean formation. These reaction products are formed by reacting a polymeric alkyl phenol formaldehyde resin with a co-reactant having functional groups including, but not necessarily limited to, amines, esters, silanes, ketones, epoxides, alkoxides, aryloxides, halogens, alkali metals, alkali earth metals, acetamides, non-metal oxides, metal oxides, where the co-reactant optionally has a carbon chain length between 1 and 22 and the reaction is conducted in the presence of at least one of various solvents. In one non-limiting embodiment, the co-reactant is a silicon derivative. The asphaltene inhibitors have utility when injected into a subterranean formation while oil production temporarily halts, a process called “squeezing,” because they are retained to a degree in the formation as the crude oil is produced.07-25-2013
20120006550Split Stream Oilfield Pumping Systems - A method of pumping an oilfield fluid from a well surface to a wellbore is provided that includes providing a clean stream; operating one or more clean pumps to pump the clean stream from the well surface to the wellbore; providing a dirty stream including a solid material disposed in a fluid carrier; and operating one or more dirty pumps to pump the dirty stream from the well surface to the wellbore, wherein the clean stream and the dirty stream together form said oilfield fluid.01-12-2012
20120018161Oil Recovery Process for Carbonate Reservoirs - A method for increasing oil production in a carbonate reservoir by incorporating a diluted surfactant injection in conjunction with conducting a step-wise reduction of salinity of the injected salt water that is injected into the carbonate reservoir. The method provides for increased oil production as compared to conventional waterflooding techniques.01-26-2012
20120018160New Oil Recovery Process for Carbonate Reservoirs - A method for increasing oil production in a carbonate reservoir by conducting a step-wise reduction of salinity of the injected salt water that is injected into the carbonate reservoir. The method provides for increased oil production as compared to conventional waterflooding techniques.01-26-2012
20120018159Polymer Hydration Method - Disclosed is a method of rapidly hydrating a hydratable polymer, which method involves irradiating with radio frequency electromagnetic radiation, a mixture of at least the polymer and an aqueous hydrotreating medium to form a viscosified mixture of at least aqueous hydrotreating medium and hydrated polymer. Related methods of treating a subterranean formation and continuously hydrotreating a subterranean formation are also revealed.01-26-2012
20130192836WATER TREATMENT IN AT LEAST ONE MEMBRANE FILTRATION UNIT FOR ASSISTED RECOVERY OF HYDROCARBONS - A water treatment method includes: 08-01-2013
20120031617FORMATION TREATMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD - A formation treatment system includes an annulus spanning member having one or more openings therein. A tubular having one or more ports therein in fluid communication with the one or more openings. A sleeve capable of isolating or communicating the one or more ports with an ID of the tubular. A method for effecting precision formation treatment is included.02-09-2012
20130199788METHOD AND COMPOSITION FOR ENYHANCED HYDROCARBONS RECOVERY - A method of treating a formation containing crude oil is described. The method includes (a) providing a hydrocarbon recovery composition to at least a portion of a formation containing crude oil wherein the composition comprises a high molecular weight internal olefin sulfonate and a viscosity reducing compound; and (b) allowing the composition to interact with hydrocarbons in the crude oil containing formation.08-08-2013
20130199790WIRELINE CONVEYED APPARATUS FOR WELLBORE FLUID TREATMENT - A wellbore treatment apparatus includes: a tubing string including a wall defining an inner diameter and a port extending through the wall, the port closed by a closure including a plug-actuated sliding sleeve; and a port opening apparatus including a wireline deployable through the inner diameter of the tubing string to extend to a position adjacent the plug-actuated sliding sleeve and an actuator plug carried on and axially slideable along the wireline, the actuator plug sized to land in the plug-actuated sliding sleeve to actuate the plug-actuated sliding sleeve, while remaining on the wireline. The apparatus can be employed in a method by running the tubing string into a well, placing the slickline in the string and running the actuator plug along the wireline to land on and actuate a sleeve in the string.08-08-2013
20130199789Method and System for Fracturing a Formation - Systems and methods are described for fracturing a production formation. A method includes drilling a well into a zone proximate to a production formation, and increasing a volume of the zone through the well in order to apply a mechanical stress to the production formation.08-08-2013
20120085540METHOD AND AN APPARATUS FOR DOWNHOLE INJECTING ONE OR MORE TREATMENT FLUIDS - Method and apparatus for downhole injecting one or more treatment fluids, and especially for providing one or more seals in an annular space between a well tubular and the surrounding formation or between pipes of a wellbore system, said method comprising the steps of loading the or each treatment fluid separately into one or more fluid containers (04-12-2012
20130206414SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PRE-CONDITIONING A HYDRATE RESERVOIR - A method of drilling into a geological region including a subsurface clathrate reservoir includes drilling a borehole into the geological region including the subsurface clathrate reservoir and dissociating at least a portion of the clathrate in a region near the borehole. After the dissociating, material within at least a portion of the region near the borehole in which the clathrate has been dissociated is compacted to form a compacted region at least partially surrounding the borehole within the clathrate reservoir. After the compacting, well casing is placed into the borehole within the compacted region and the well casing is cemented into the borehole in the compacted area.08-15-2013

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