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G01V 1/28 - Traitement des données sismiques, p.ex. pour analyse, pour interprétation, pour correction 174
G01V 1/30 - Analyse 167
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1.

Machine Analysis Of Hydrocarbon Studies

      
Numéro d'application 17766619
Statut En instance
Date de dépôt 2020-11-04
Date de la première publication 2024-02-15
Propriétaire ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Furlaneto, Dennis C.
  • Johnsgard, Scott K.
  • Hughes, Brian D.
  • Fillault, Pierre

Abrégé

Aspects of the technology described herein make legacy hydrocarbon studies accessible to modern computer analysis. Whatever the initial format, the technology described herein analyzes the studies to identify characteristics that are interesting to people who study hydrocarbon environments. As an initial process, various segments within a hydrocarbon study received by the technology described herein are identified. The various segments can include text, maps, charts, and tables. Within each of these segments, specific types of text segments, maps, charts, and tables may be identified. For each segment identified, characteristics of interest may be determined through analysis of the segment. In one aspect, segment-specific analysis is performed on each type of segment. Different technologies may be used for different segments. Once the characteristics are identified, they may be stored in association with both the overall document and with a segment of the document from which the characteristic of interest was extracted.

Classes IPC  ?

  • G06F 16/2457 - Traitement des requêtes avec adaptation aux besoins de l’utilisateur
  • G06F 16/29 - Bases de données d’informations géographiques

2.

Methods and Apparatus for Offshore Power Generation and Ammonia Production

      
Numéro d'application 17594220
Statut En instance
Date de dépôt 2021-07-01
Date de la première publication 2023-10-26
Propriétaire ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Wang, Rui
  • Ausborn, Mark Christian
  • Li, Zhen
  • Chang-Tang, Elliot M.

Abrégé

Offshore systems and methods may be configured for oil production, offshore power generation, ammonia production, and carbon dioxide injection for EOR. For example, a method performed on an offshore facility may include: separating a produced hydrocarbon into a produced gas and a produced oil; combusting the produced gas to produce power and a flue gas; at least partially removing nitrogen from the flue gas to produce a carbon dioxide-enriched flue gas and a nitrogen-enriched flue gas; reforming a portion of the produced gas to produce a stream including hydrogen and carbon dioxide; at least partially separating the carbon dioxide from the stream to yield a carbon dioxide stream and a hydrogen stream; reacting the hydrogen stream and the nitrogen-enriched flue gas to yield ammonia; combining and compressing the carbon dioxide stream and the carbon dioxide-enriched flue gas; and injecting the compressed gas from the gas compressor into the gas reservoir.

Classes IPC  ?

  • E21B 43/40 - Séparation associée à la réinjection de matériaux séparés
  • C01C 1/04 - Préparation d'ammoniac par synthèse
  • C01B 3/02 - Production d'hydrogène ou de mélanges gazeux contenant de l'hydrogène
  • C01B 3/48 - Production d'hydrogène ou de mélanges gazeux contenant de l'hydrogène par réaction de composés organiques gazeux ou liquides avec des agents gazéifiants, p.ex. de l'eau, du gaz carbonique, de l'air par réaction d'hydrocarbures avec des agents gazéifiants suivie par une réaction de la vapeur d'eau avec l'oxyde de carbone
  • C09K 8/594 - Compositions utilisées en combinaison avec du gaz injecté
  • B01J 19/24 - Réacteurs fixes sans élément interne mobile
  • E21B 43/16 - Procédés de récupération assistée pour l'extraction d'hydrocarbures
  • F02C 6/00 - Ensembles fonctionnels multiples de turbines à gaz; Combinaisons d'ensembles fonctionnels de turbines à gaz avec d'autres appareils; Adaptations d'ensembles fonctionnels de turbines à gaz à des applications particulières
  • B01D 53/26 - Séchage des gaz ou vapeurs

3.

Method and System to Spatially Identify Conductive Regions Using Pressure Transience for Characterizing Conductive Fractures and Subsurface Regions

      
Numéro d'application 18063333
Statut En instance
Date de dépôt 2022-12-08
Date de la première publication 2023-08-24
Propriétaire ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Vice, Dalton S.
  • Guice, Kyle B.
  • Chhatre, Shreerang S.

Abrégé

A methodology for spatially identifying conductive regions using pressure transience for characterizing conductive fractures and subsurface regions is provided. Hydraulic fracturing is utilized to create fractures within a reservoir, thereby increasing fluid permeability of the reservoir and permitting hydrocarbon fluids to flow into a wellbore and subsequently to be produced from the hydrocarbon reservoirs. The geometry, dimensions, and extent of the fractures may significantly impact the production characteristics of the well. However, given that fractures are thousands of feet below the surface, measuring the properties of the fractures can be difficult. In order to characterize the fractures, including determining locations of conductive fractures in the subsurface, sensors are positioned in monitoring wells. Pressure changes are then induced in a well, with the sensors measuring the effect of the pressure changes. In turn, the sensed data may be used in order to characterize the fractures in the subsurface.

Classes IPC  ?

  • G01V 99/00 - Matière non prévue dans les autres groupes de la présente sous-classe
  • E21B 47/06 - Mesure de la température ou de la pression

4.

Casing Attachment System for Attenuating Annular Pressure Buildup

      
Numéro d'application 17995026
Statut En instance
Date de dépôt 2021-04-02
Date de la première publication 2023-07-27
Propriétaire ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Petersen, Thomas A.
  • Datta, Sudhin
  • White, Spencer A.
  • Veselka, Andy J.
  • Morris, William C.
  • Narhi, Ward E.

Abrégé

A method of attenuating annular pressure buildup within a wellbore. The method includes running first and second strings of casing into a wellbore, wherein the first string of casing surrounds an upper portion of the second string of casing forming an annular region. The method also includes providing a packing of compressible material within the annular region. The compressible material comprises carbonaceous particles. The particles may reside within a porous sleeve or filter, or they may be packed together in a matrix using a cross-linked polymer or binder. The packing is fixed at a selected depth within the annular region, and is designed so that the compressible material absorbs pressure in response to thermal expansion of wellbore fluids during the production of hydrocarbon fluids from the wellbore. The method further includes placing a wellhead over the wellbore, thereby forming a trapped annulus in the wellbore over the annular region.

Classes IPC  ?

  • E21B 33/14 - Procédés ou dispositifs de cimentation, de bouchage des trous, des fissures ou analogues pour la cimentation des tubes dans les trous de forage ou de sondage
  • E21B 33/03 - Têtes de puits; Leur mise en place
  • E21B 43/08 - Tubes filtres ou crépines

5.

METHODS OF INTERPRETING A PLURALITY OF TIME-SERIES DATASETS GENERATED FROM OPERATION OF HYDROCARBON WELLS

      
Numéro d'application 17999178
Statut En instance
Date de dépôt 2021-04-12
Date de la première publication 2023-07-13
Propriétaire ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • De Waele, Stijn
  • Kumaran, Krishnan
  • Schmidt, David J.

Abrégé

Methods of facilitating human interpretation of a plurality of time-series datasets generated from operation of hydrocarbon wells. The methods include obtaining the plurality of time-series datasets and displaying a vector map. The plurality of time-series datasets is generated from an operation of the hydrocarbon well and includes a first time-series dataset and a second time-series dataset, and optionally may include a third time-series dataset. The vector map includes a time axis and a plurality of points distributed along the time axis at a plurality of corresponding times. A color of each point of the plurality of points is defined in a plural-component color space and includes a first color component at a first intensity and a second color component at a second color component at a second intensity, and optionally a third color component at a third intensity when the plurality of time-series datasets includes a third time-series dataset.

Classes IPC  ?

  • E21B 43/267 - Maintien de fractures par étaiement
  • E21B 43/12 - Procédés ou appareils pour commander l'écoulement du fluide extrait vers ou dans les puits
  • E21B 43/29 - Préparation de suspensions de matières minérales, p.ex. en utilisant des buses

6.

CLASSIFYING GEOLOGIC FEATURES IN SEISMIC DATA THROUGH IMAGE ANALYSIS

      
Numéro d'application 18000732
Statut En instance
Date de dépôt 2021-06-09
Date de la première publication 2023-07-06
Propriétaire ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Miers, Glenn K.
  • Furlaneto, Dennis C.
  • Hughes, Brian D.

Abrégé

Aspects of the technology described herein identify geologic features within seismic data using modern computer analysis. An initial step is the development of training data for the machine classifier. The training data comprises an image of seismic data paired with a label identifying points of interest that the classifier should identify within raw data. Once the training data is generated, a classifier can be trained to identify areas of interest in unlabeled seismic images. The classifier can take the form of a deep neural network, such as a U-net. Aspects of the technology described herein utilize a deep neural network architecture that is optimized to detect broad and flat features in seismic images that may go undetected by typical neural networks in use. The architecture can include a group of layers that perform aspect ratio compression and simultaneous comparison of images across multiple aspect ratio scales.

Classes IPC  ?

7.

MODELING METHODS FOR MINIMIZING GRID SENSITIVITY FOR NUMERICAL SIMULATION OF FRACTURE PROPAGATION

      
Numéro d'application 18000331
Statut En instance
Date de dépôt 2021-03-10
Date de la première publication 2023-06-29
Propriétaire ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Dyadechko, Vadim
  • Valiveti, Dakshina M.
  • Song, Ting

Abrégé

A computer-implemented geological modeling method is disclosed. Hydraulic fracturing includes pumping fluids through a wellbore/casing and into a formation through perforations, creating fractures that can improve well productivity. Geological modeling may be used to model pumping of fluids into the subsurface to achieve a desired fracturing result. However, the grid used may affect the fracture propagation calculations used for geological modeling. Thus, a methodology is disclosed which reduces the grid dependence when determining various aspects of fracturing, such as pressure and/or aperture. The methodology uses a first correction factor that is based on the grid used to determine fracture propagation and a second correction factor that is not based on the grid used to determine fracture propagation (such as based on an ideal grid). In this way, the two correction factors are derived from different aspects, which when combined, may be used to reduce grid dependence when determining fracture propagation.

Classes IPC  ?

  • G01V 99/00 - Matière non prévue dans les autres groupes de la présente sous-classe

8.

Noise Reduction for Micro-Seismic Monitoring Using Deep Learning

      
Numéro d'application 18060084
Statut En instance
Date de dépôt 2022-11-30
Date de la première publication 2023-06-22
Propriétaire ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Singh, Sudeep
  • Liu, Xinlong
  • Costin, Simona O.
  • Reaume, Christopher T.
  • Fink, Taylor K.

Abrégé

A method for classifying a microseismic event, including: analyzing microseismic event files through a combination of two fault tolerant machine learning pipelines, an acoustic machine learning pipeline and a visual machine learning pipeline; and generating a classification prediction for the microseismic event files by combining predictions from the acoustic machine learning pipeline and the visual machine learning pipeline.

Classes IPC  ?

  • G01V 1/32 - Transformation d'un mode d'enregistrement en un autre
  • G06N 5/022 - Ingénierie de la connaissance; Acquisition de la connaissance
  • G01V 1/28 - Traitement des données sismiques, p.ex. pour analyse, pour interprétation, pour correction

9.

Gravel Packing Fluids and Methods Related Thereto

      
Numéro d'application 18055547
Statut En instance
Date de dépôt 2022-11-15
Date de la première publication 2023-06-08
Propriétaire ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Shirley, Robert M.
  • Spiecker, P. Matthew

Abrégé

Gravel packing particles like sand are commonly used in sand control operations to form gravel packs for controlling the migration of formation particulates into a wellbore and wellbore production equipment. Gravel packing fluids and methods of sand control operations may also use petroleum coke gravel packing particles composed of fluid coke and/or flexicoke material. Such petroleum coke gravel packing particles may have improved transport into wellbores because of their lower density compared to traditional gravel packing material and may produce fewer fines that can plug gravel packs.

Classes IPC  ?

10.

FRAMEWORK FOR INTEGRATION OF GEO-INFORMATION EXTRACTION, GEO-REASONING AND GEOLOGIST-RESPONSIVE INQUIRIES

      
Numéro d'application 17922739
Statut En instance
Date de dépôt 2021-04-19
Date de la première publication 2023-06-08
Propriétaire ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Xu, Peng
  • Denli, Huseyin
  • De Waele, Stijn
  • Johns, Mary K.

Abrégé

A computer-implemented method for analyzing geophysical data is disclosed. Interpretation of geophysical data, such as seismic data, can be performed in multiple stages, such as at an information extraction stage and an information analysis stage. Typically, the information analysis stage is performed by geologists or interpreters, which may be laborious and inconsistent. The disclosed method includes using an information extractor that extracts information indicative of geo-features in a subsurface and an inference engine that analyzes the information indicative of geo-features in a subsurface to generate an output, with the information extractor and the inference engine being integrated and acting in combination. For example, the information extractor may generate summaries of the geo-features or answers to questions. In this way, the information extractor and the inference engine in combination may act synergistically, such as in the context of reasoning, natural language processing, and the outputs generated.

Classes IPC  ?

  • G01V 1/30 - Analyse
  • G01V 3/38 - Traitement de données, p.ex. pour l'analyse, pour l'interprétation ou pour la correction
  • G01V 99/00 - Matière non prévue dans les autres groupes de la présente sous-classe
  • G06N 3/044 - Réseaux récurrents, p.ex. réseaux de Hopfield
  • G06N 3/08 - Méthodes d'apprentissage
  • G06N 3/045 - Combinaisons de réseaux

11.

High-Flow Polyolefin Coated Mineral as Proppant Particulate Material and Methods Related Thereto

      
Numéro d'application 18054345
Statut En instance
Date de dépôt 2022-11-10
Date de la première publication 2023-06-01
Propriétaire ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Stojkovic, Dragan
  • Sahnoune, Abdelhadi
  • Peng, Haiqing
  • Hall, Lee J.
  • Decker, Kendal K.

Abrégé

Proppant particulates like sand are commonly used in hydraulic fracturing operations to maintain one or more fractures in an opened state following the release of hydraulic pressure. Fracturing fluids and methods of hydraulic fracturing may also use proppant particulates composed of high-flow polyolefin coated mineral particles (referred to as high-flow polyolefin coated mineral proppant particulates). In some instances, the high-flow polyolefin-coated mineral proppant particulates have a particle density of equal to or less than about 1.35 grams per cubic centimeter, and further may be prepared using a one-pot hot melt process.

Classes IPC  ?

  • C09K 8/80 - Compositions pour renforcer les fractures, p.ex. compositions pour agents de soutènement utilisés pour maintenir les fractures ouvertes
  • C09K 8/68 - Compositions à base d'eau ou de solvants polaires contenant des composés organiques
  • E21B 43/267 - Maintien de fractures par étaiement

12.

GEOLOGICAL REASONING WITH GRAPH NETWORKS FOR HYDROCARBON IDENTIFICATION

      
Numéro d'application 17922838
Statut En instance
Date de dépôt 2021-04-19
Date de la première publication 2023-06-01
Propriétaire ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • De Waele, Stijin
  • Denli, Huseyin
  • Xu, Peng
  • Johns, Mary K.

Abrégé

A method and apparatus for performing geological reasoning, A method includes: obtaining subsurface data for a subsurface region; obtaining a knowledge model; extracting a structured representation from the subsurface data using the knowledge model; and performing geological reasoning with a graph network based on the knowledge model and the structured representation. A method includes performing geological reasoning with a knowledge model that includes a set of geoscience rules or a geoscience ontology. A method includes performing geological reasoning with a structured representation that includes a graph. A method includes performing geological reasoning by one or more of the following: question answering; decision making; assigning ranking; and assessing probability.

Classes IPC  ?

  • G01V 99/00 - Matière non prévue dans les autres groupes de la présente sous-classe
  • G06F 30/27 - Optimisation, vérification ou simulation de l’objet conçu utilisant l’apprentissage automatique, p.ex. l’intelligence artificielle, les réseaux neuronaux, les machines à support de vecteur [MSV] ou l’apprentissage d’un modèle

13.

STRUCTURED REPRESENTATIONS OF SUBSURFACE FEATURES FOR HYDROCARBON SYSTEM AND GEOLOGICAL REASONING

      
Numéro d'application 17922836
Statut En instance
Date de dépôt 2021-04-19
Date de la première publication 2023-05-25
Propriétaire ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Denli, Huseyin
  • De Waele, Stijin
  • Xu, Peng
  • Johns, Mary K.

Abrégé

A method and apparatus for utilizing a structured representation of a subsurface region. A method includes obtaining subsurface data for the subsurface region; and extracting the structured representation from the seismic data by: identifying geologic and fluid objects in the seismic images, wherein each object corresponds to a node of the structured representation; and identifying relationships among the identified geologic and fluid objects, wherein each relationship corresponds to an edge of the structured representation. A method further includes determining object attributes, edge attributes, and/or global attributes from the subsurface data. A method further includes inferring information from the structured representation.

Classes IPC  ?

  • G01V 1/30 - Analyse
  • G01V 1/34 - Représentation des enregistrements sismiques
  • G01V 99/00 - Matière non prévue dans les autres groupes de la présente sous-classe

14.

METHODS FOR BIOTECHNOLOGICAL CONVERSION OF NATURAL GAS INTO ANIMAL FEED AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR FLARING AND RELATED SYSTEMS

      
Numéro d'application 18051676
Statut En instance
Date de dépôt 2022-11-01
Date de la première publication 2023-05-18
Propriétaire ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Nedwed, Timothy J.
  • Zhao, Lin
  • Aminfard, Sam

Abrégé

Methods include providing a natural gas stream; directing a first fraction of the natural gas stream to a bioreactor including a propagating culture of hydrocarbon degrading microbes; directing a second fraction of the gas stream to a local power generator and converting the natural gas stream to electricity and heat; using a dynamic control system to balance of the gas stream to the first fraction and the second fraction based on one or more of the availability of electricity from an electricity grid and the price of electricity from the electricity grid; powering, at least in part, the bioreactor with the electricity generated by the local power generator; and harvesting the hydrocarbon degrading microbes from the bioreactor as a biomass. Related systems are also provided.

Classes IPC  ?

  • C10L 3/10 - Post-traitement de gaz naturel ou de gaz naturel de synthèse
  • C12M 1/107 - Appareillage pour l'enzymologie ou la microbiologie avec des moyens pour recueillir les gaz de fermentation, p.ex. le méthane

15.

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MEASURING CLUSTER EFFICIENCY USING BROADBAND TUBE WAVES

      
Numéro d'application 18045656
Statut En instance
Date de dépôt 2022-10-11
Date de la première publication 2023-05-11
Propriétaire ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Wheelock, Brent D.
  • Gordon, Peter A.
  • Song, Limin
  • Desmond, Kenneth W.
  • Zhang, Yibing

Abrégé

Methods and systems for measuring cluster efficiency for stages of wellbores are provided herein. One method includes selecting a frequency band for generating broadband tube waves within the fluid column of the wellbore and generating the broadband tube waves within the fluid column of the wellbore using a pressure pulse generator that is hydraulically coupled to the wellbore. The method also includes recording data corresponding to the broadband tube waves and reflected broadband tube waves using pressure receivers that are hydraulically coupled to the wellbore. The pressure receivers are arranged into arrays with two or more pressure receivers in each array. The data recorded by the pressure receivers relate to characteristics of reflectors (including perforation cluster/fracture interfaces) within the wellbore. The method further includes processing the recorded data using interferometry and performing full waveform inversion(s) on the processed data to determine frequency-dependent, complex-valued reflection coefficients at each perforation cluster/fracture interface.

Classes IPC  ?

  • G01V 1/50 - Analyse des données
  • E21B 49/00 - Test pour déterminer la nature des parois des trous de forage; Essais de couches; Procédés ou appareils pour prélever des échantillons du terrain ou de fluides en provenance des puits, spécialement adaptés au forage du sol ou aux puits
  • E21B 47/26 - Stockage des données en fond de puits, p.ex. dans une mémoire ou sur un support d'enregistrement
  • G01V 1/46 - Acquisition des données
  • G01V 1/137 - Production d'énergie sismique en utilisant des fluides comme moyens d'entraînement hydrauliques, p.ex. en utilisant des fluides à haute pression dont les fluides s'échappent du générateur d'une manière pulsée, p.ex. pour produire des explosions

16.

RESIN-COATED PETROLEUM COKE AS PROPPANT PARTICULATE MATERIAL AND METHODS RELATED THERETO

      
Numéro d'application 18047383
Statut En instance
Date de dépôt 2022-10-18
Date de la première publication 2023-05-04
Propriétaire ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Decker, Kendal
  • Stojkovic, Dragan
  • Hall, Lee J.

Abrégé

Proppant particulates like sand are commonly used in hydraulic fracturing operations to maintain one or more fractures in an opened state following the release of hydraulic pressure. Fracturing fluids and methods of hydraulic fracturing may also use proppant particulates composed of resin-coated petroleum coke (referred to as resin-coated petroleum coke proppant particulates). In some instances, the resin-coated petroleum coke proppant particulates have a particle density of equal to or less than about 1.7 grams per cubic centimeter and better resistance to creating fines when exposed to uniaxial stress.

Classes IPC  ?

  • C09K 8/80 - Compositions pour renforcer les fractures, p.ex. compositions pour agents de soutènement utilisés pour maintenir les fractures ouvertes

17.

METHODS FOR COMPLETING HYDROCARBON WELLS USING VARIABLE RATE FRACTURING

      
Numéro d'application 18045994
Statut En instance
Date de dépôt 2022-10-12
Date de la première publication 2023-04-20
Propriétaire ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Hall, Lee J.
  • Stojkovic, Dragan

Abrégé

Methods for completing hydrocarbon wells using variable rate fracturing are provided herein. One method includes positioning a perforation device within a tubular conduit of a downhole tubular, where the downhole tubular extends within a wellbore, and where the wellbore extends within a subsurface region, as well as perforating the downhole tubular using the perforation device to define perforations within the downhole tubular. The method also includes pumping a slurry including fracturing fluid and a lightweight proppant into the tubular conduit according to a variable pumping rate schedule to fracture zones of the subsurface region that are proximate to the perforations, forming corresponding fractures within the subsurface region. The method further includes flowing the slurry into the fractures, via the perforations, to prop the fractures with the lightweight proppant, where the lightweight proppant includes granules formed from a polyolefin, petroleum coke, and/or a polyaromatic hydrocarbon resin.

Classes IPC  ?

  • E21B 43/267 - Maintien de fractures par étaiement
  • E21B 43/119 - Perforateurs; Perméators - Parties constitutives, p.ex. pour localiser l'emplacement ou la direction de la perforation
  • C09K 8/80 - Compositions pour renforcer les fractures, p.ex. compositions pour agents de soutènement utilisés pour maintenir les fractures ouvertes

18.

METHOD FOR DETERMINING AND IMPLEMENTING A DATA COLLECTION PROGRAM FOR ONE OR MORE PHASES OF HYDROCARBON EXTRACTION BASED ON SEQUENTIAL SUBSURFACE UNCERTAINTY CHARACTERIZATION

      
Numéro d'application 17937815
Statut En instance
Date de dépôt 2022-10-04
Date de la première publication 2023-04-13
Propriétaire ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • He, Shuai
  • Forouzanfar, Fahim

Abrégé

A method for determining and implementing a data collection program is disclosed. Data is typically collected in order to develop a subsurface model that can characterize a subsurface to assist in hydrocarbon management. However, it may be difficult to determine how much, or what type of data, to obtain so that the subsurface model is of sufficient certainty. In particular, parameters that define the model and outputs of the model (defined as quantities of interest (QoIs)) are subject to uncertainty. In order to reduce the uncertainty of the QoIs to an acceptable level, data collection programs are iteratively selected based on sequential subsurface uncertainty characterization. In this way, the data collection programs, when implemented, may collect a sufficient amount of data to reduce uncertainty of the subsurface model for subsequent use in hydrocarbon management.

Classes IPC  ?

  • G01V 99/00 - Matière non prévue dans les autres groupes de la présente sous-classe
  • E21B 43/00 - Procédés ou dispositifs pour l'extraction de pétrole, de gaz, d'eau ou de matériaux solubles ou fusibles ou d'une suspension de matières minérales à partir de puits
  • E21B 47/00 - Relevés dans les trous de forage ou dans les puits

19.

Device and Method for Weld Root Hardening Determination Compensated for Variations in Distance Between Sensor and Sample

      
Numéro d'application 17931221
Statut En instance
Date de dépôt 2022-09-12
Date de la première publication 2023-03-23
Propriétaire ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Wu, Gaoxiang
  • Fenske, Jamey A.
  • Kuo, Chih-Hsiang
  • Belota, Michael

Abrégé

A device and method for weld root hardening determination compensated for variations in distance between sensor and sample are disclosed. A sensor is used to determine hardness of a weld for weld fabrication quality control. Because of irregular weld protrusion geometry, there may be variations in the tip of the sensor and the surface, resulting in inconsistent measurements. To compensate, one or both of a positional compensation or a software compensation are performed. Positional compensation mechanically moves the tip of the sensor to within a predetermined range of the surface. Software compensation may at least partly compensate for the variation by using one part of the generated sensor data (such as the 1st harmonic signal) in order to modify another part of the generated sensor data (such as the 3rd harmonic signal). In this way, the sensor determination of hardness of the weld may be less dependent on the variations.

Classes IPC  ?

  • G01N 27/80 - Recherche ou analyse des matériaux par l'emploi de moyens électriques, électrochimiques ou magnétiques en recherchant des variables magnétiques pour rechercher la dureté mécanique, p.ex. en recherchant la saturation ou la rémanence d'un matériau ferromagnétique
  • G01N 33/207 - Soudures ou brasures; Soudabilité

20.

Hierarchical Building and Conditioning of Geological Models with Machine Learning Parameterized Templates and Methods for Using the Same

      
Numéro d'application 17756278
Statut En instance
Date de dépôt 2020-11-04
Date de la première publication 2023-03-23
Propriétaire ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Forouzanfar, Fahim
  • Cheng, Mulin
  • Imhof, Matthias G.
  • Sain, Ratnanabha
  • Harris, Matthew W.
  • El-Bakry, Amr S.
  • Wu, Xiao-Hui

Abrégé

A hierarchical conditioning methodology for building and conditioning a geological model is disclosed. In particular, the hierarchical conditioning may include separate levels of conditioning of template instances using larger-scale data (such as conditioning using large-scale data and conditioning using medium-scale data) and using smaller-scale data (such as fine-scale data). Further, one or more templates, to be instantiated to generate the geological bodies in the model, may be selected from currently available templates and/or machine-learned templates. For example, the templates may be generated using unsupervised or supervised learning to re-parameterize the functional form parameters, or may be generated using statistical generative modeling.

Classes IPC  ?

  • G06F 30/13 - Conception architecturale, p.ex. conception architecturale assistée par ordinateur [CAAO] relative à la conception de bâtiments, de ponts, de paysages, d’usines ou de routes

21.

METHODS OF CHARACTERIZING ACOUSTIC OUTPUT FROM HYDROCARBON WELLS

      
Numéro d'application 17896357
Statut En instance
Date de dépôt 2022-08-26
Date de la première publication 2023-03-02
Propriétaire ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Schmidt, David J.
  • Kumaran, Krishnan
  • Salahi, Bry-Ann M.
  • Seabrook, Brian C.

Abrégé

Methods of characterizing acoustic output from a hydrocarbon well and hydrocarbon wells that include controllers that perform the methods are disclosed herein. The methods include receiving the acoustic output, determining a plurality of acoustic fingerprints, and electronically clustering the plurality of acoustic fingerprints. The acoustic output includes information regarding a plurality of sound events, and each sound event of the plurality of sound events includes at least one corresponding sound detected at the hydrocarbon well. The plurality of acoustic fingerprints includes a corresponding acoustic fingerprint for each sound event of the plurality of sound events. The electronically clustering includes utilizing a clustering algorithm to generate a plurality of acoustic event clusters. Each acoustic event cluster of the plurality of acoustic event clusters includes a corresponding fingerprint subset of the plurality of acoustic fingerprints, and each acoustic fingerprint in the corresponding fingerprint subset includes at least one similar acoustic property.

Classes IPC  ?

  • G01V 1/22 - Transmission des signaux sismiques aux appareils d'enregistrement ou de traitement
  • H04R 1/08 - Embouchures; Leurs fixations
  • G01V 1/40 - Séismologie; Prospection ou détection sismique ou acoustique spécialement adaptées au carottage
  • E21B 47/095 - Localisation ou détermination de la position d'objets dans les trous de forage ou dans les puits; Identification des parties libres ou bloquées des tubes par détection d'anomalies acoustiques, p.ex. à l'aide de pulsations de pression de boue

22.

AGE DIFFERENTIATION OF CRUDE OILS USING CHEMICAL FOSSIL ASSEMBLAGE

      
Numéro d'application US2022074108
Numéro de publication 2023/019060
Statut Délivré - en vigueur
Date de dépôt 2022-07-25
Date de publication 2023-02-16
Propriétaire EXXONMOBIL UPSTREAM RESEARCH COMPANY (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Zhu, Chun
  • Asif, Muhammad
  • Wei, Zhibin

Abrégé

Age differentiation of hydrocarbon samples may be achieved using a chemical fossil assemblage approach. For example, a method may comprise: determining a source facies for a hydrocarbon sample; inputting the source facies into a chemical fossil assemblage model; determining, using the chemical fossil assemblage model, one or more candidate chemical fossil assemblages and corresponding age biomarkers for the hydrocarbon sample based on the source facies; measuring a concentration or a related value of corresponding age biomarkers in the hydrocarbon sample to yield an age biomarker fingerprint; inputting the age biomarker fingerprint into a chemical fossil assemblage model; comparing the age biomarker fingerprint to the one or more candidate chemical fossil assemblages using the chemical fossil assemblage model; and estimating an age of the hydrocarbon sample based on the comparison.

Classes IPC  ?

  • G01N 33/28 - Huiles
  • G01N 33/24 - Matériaux de la terre
  • G01N 30/88 - Systèmes intégrés d'analyse, spécialement adaptés à cet effet, non couverts par un seul des groupes

23.

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR AUGMENTED INVERSION AND UNCERTAINTY QUANTIFICATION FOR CHARACTERIZING GEOPHYSICAL BODIES

      
Numéro d'application 17806627
Statut En instance
Date de dépôt 2022-06-13
Date de la première publication 2023-02-02
Propriétaire ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Li, Dongzhuo
  • Denli, Huseyin
  • Macdonald, Cody
  • Basler-Reeder, Kyle J.

Abrégé

A computer-implemented method for augmented inversion and uncertainty quantification for characterizing geophysical bodies is disclosed. The method includes machine-learning-augmented inversion that also facilitates the characterization of uncertainties in geophysical bodies. The method may further estimate wavelets without a well-log calibration, thereby enabling a pre-discovery exploration phase when well log data is unavailable. The machine learning component incorporates a priori knowledge about the subsurface and physics, such as distributions of expected rock types and rock properties, geological structures, and wavelets, through learning from examples. The methodology also allows for conditioning the characterization with the information extracted a priori about the geobodies, such as probabilities of rock types, using other analysis tools. Thus, the conditioning strategy may make the inversion more robust even when a priori distributions are not well balanced. Using the method, a scenario testing workflow may evaluate different candidate subsurface models, facilitating the management of uncertainty in decision-making processes.

Classes IPC  ?

  • G01V 1/50 - Analyse des données
  • G01V 1/46 - Acquisition des données
  • G01V 99/00 - Matière non prévue dans les autres groupes de la présente sous-classe

24.

METHODS FOR OPERATING HYDROCARBON REMOVAL SYSTEMS FROM NATURAL GAS STREAMS

      
Numéro d'application US2022072897
Numéro de publication 2023/288162
Statut Délivré - en vigueur
Date de dépôt 2022-06-13
Date de publication 2023-01-19
Propriétaire EXXONMOBIL UPSTREAM RESEARCH COMPANY (USA)
Inventeur(s) Liu, Yijun

Abrégé

Methods for increasing ethane and non-freezing heavier hydrocarbons recovery in natural gas streams for the liquefaction of natural gas to form liquefied natural gas (LNG), and in particular, utilizing scrub columns to treat the natural gas feedstreams, are provided. Other independent variations of the methods are disclosed herein.

Classes IPC  ?

  • F25J 1/00 - Procédés ou appareils de liquéfaction ou de solidification des gaz ou des mélanges gazeux

25.

Intrinsically-Safe Sensor System

      
Numéro d'application 17805500
Statut En instance
Date de dépôt 2022-06-06
Date de la première publication 2023-01-12
Propriétaire ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company (USA)
Inventeur(s) Goschy, Patrick E.

Abrégé

An intrinsically-safe sensor system, as well as a method for assembling the intrinsically-safe sensor system and a method for monitoring sound corresponding to a source using the intrinsically-safe sensor system, are provided herein. The intrinsically-safe sensor system includes a number of sensors, including a microphone, as well as a processor for processing sensor data obtained from the sensors. The intrinsically-safe sensor system also includes a memory component for storing the sensor data obtained from the sensors, a power source, a communication connection for communicably coupling the intrinsically-safe sensor system to a remote computing system, and a connector including internal and external connection regions for internally and/or externally connecting one or more additional devices to the intrinsically-safe sensor system on demand. The intrinsically-safe sensor system further includes an enclosure, as well as potting material for encapsulating an internal region of the intrinsically-safe sensor system that resides within the enclosure.

Classes IPC  ?

  • G01M 3/28 - Examen de l'étanchéité des structures ou ouvrages vis-à-vis d'un fluide par utilisation d'un fluide ou en faisant le vide par mesure du taux de perte ou de gain d'un fluide, p.ex. avec des dispositifs réagissant à la pression, avec des indicateurs de débit pour soupapes
  • G01M 3/24 - Examen de l'étanchéité des structures ou ouvrages vis-à-vis d'un fluide par utilisation d'un fluide ou en faisant le vide par détection de la présence du fluide à l'emplacement de la fuite en utilisant des vibrations infrasonores, sonores ou ultrasonores

26.

Cable Guides for Supporting a Fiber Optic Cable with a Sensing Region Relative to a Tube, Hydrocarbon Conveyance Systems Including the Cable Guides, and Methods of Acoustically Probing an Elongate Region with a Hydrocarbon Conveyance System

      
Numéro d'application 17810411
Statut En instance
Date de dépôt 2022-07-01
Date de la première publication 2023-01-12
Propriétaire ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Seabrook, Brian C.
  • Long, Ted A.

Abrégé

Cable guides that support a fiber optic cable relative to a tube, hydrocarbon conveyance systems including the cable guides, and methods of acoustically probing an elongate region. The cable guides include a cable retention structure with a first retention region configured to align a first diffraction grating along a first sensing axis and a second retention region configured to align a second diffraction grating along a second sensing axis that is nonparallel to the first sensing axis. The tube defines a tubular conduit configured to convey a hydrocarbon. The hydrocarbon conveyance systems include a tube, a distributed acoustic sensor, and a cable guide. The methods include transmitting an initiated optical signal and receiving a reflected optical signal that includes reflected portions that are reflected by a first diffraction grating and a second diffraction grating. The methods further include analyzing the reflected optical signal to detect an applied mechanical strain.

Classes IPC  ?

  • G02B 6/36 - Moyens de couplage mécaniques
  • F17D 5/00 - Protection ou surveillance des installations
  • G01M 5/00 - Examen de l'élasticité des structures ou ouvrages, p.ex. fléchissement de ponts ou d'ailes d'avions
  • G02B 6/02 - Fibres optiques avec revêtement

27.

METHODS FOR PREVENTING OR MITIGATING WELLBORE SCREEN OUT CONDITIONS USING ACID BLENDS

      
Numéro d'application US2022071532
Numéro de publication 2022/261577
Statut Délivré - en vigueur
Date de dépôt 2022-04-05
Date de publication 2022-12-15
Propriétaire EXXONMOBIL UPSTREAM RESEARCH COMPANY (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Shirley, Robert, M.
  • Spiecker, P., Matthew
  • Hall, Lee, J.

Abrégé

Methods for utilizing an acid blend to prevent and/or remove blockages encountered during the hydraulic fracturing of a near-wellbore region of a subterranean formation are provided herein. The methods include using an acid blend to dissolve formation mineralogies within close proximity to perforations and corresponding fractures that have experienced or are likely to experience blockages, such as blockages caused by the embedment of proppant into the perforation tunnels and/or the fractures. The acid blend used according to the methods described herein includes an acid mixture including hydrochloric acid and hydrofluoric acid. In addition, the acid blend may also include a chelating agent.

Classes IPC  ?

  • C09K 8/528 - Compositions pour éviter, limiter ou éliminer les dépôts, p.ex. pour le nettoyage les dépôts inorganiques, p.ex. sulfates ou carbonates
  • C09K 8/62 - Compositions pour la formation de crevasses ou de fractures
  • C09K 8/72 - Produits chimiques érosifs, p.ex. acides

28.

INTEGRATED AUTONOMOUS OIL-SLICK SAMPLER AND STORAGE PRESERVATION DEVICE

      
Numéro d'application US2022071879
Numéro de publication 2022/251768
Statut Délivré - en vigueur
Date de dépôt 2022-04-22
Date de publication 2022-12-01
Propriétaire EXXONMOBIL UPSTREAM RESEARCH COMPANY (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Meurer, William, P.
  • Wang, David, T.
  • Shipman, Gregory, W.
  • Spitzenberger, Jeffrey, D.
  • Sutton, Michael
  • Bridges, Jeffrey, C.
  • Moreno, Paul

Abrégé

An autonomous surface vessel includes an elongate body, and a sampling system operatively coupled to the body and including one or more sampling modules, wherein each sampling module includes a housing including a storage container, a sampling material receivable within the storage container, an actuation system operatively coupled to the sampling material via a lead line, and an end cap operatively coupled to the lead line and matable with an open end of the storage container. A computer system is in communication with the sampling system to operate the actuation system, wherein each sampling module is actuatable between a stowed state, where the sampling material is received within the storage container and the end cap sealingly engages the open end, and a deployed state, where the end cap is disengaged from the open end and the sampling material is drawn out of the sampling container.

Classes IPC  ?

29.

Modular Offshore Floating Platform Systems and Methods for Operating the Same

      
Numéro d'application 17658114
Statut En instance
Date de dépôt 2022-04-06
Date de la première publication 2022-11-24
Propriétaire ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Majhi, Sai Mohan
  • Wong, Patrick C.
  • Hurst, Gary L.
  • Lee, Donghwan

Abrégé

A modular floating platform system includes a detachable floating buoy providing a body tethered to a seafloor with a plurality of mooring lines and coupled to a subsea production system via one or more communication lines, and a plurality of floating surface facilities, each floating surface facility providing a standardized bottom interface matable with the detachable floating buoy. A latching mechanism individually couples each floating surface facility to the detachable floating buoy when each floating surface facility is individually mated to the detachable floating buoy. One or more communication couplings place each floating surface facility in communication with the subsea production system via the one or more communication lines when each floating surface facility is individually mated to the detachable floating buoy.

Classes IPC  ?

  • B63B 22/02 - Coffres d'amarrage ou bouées spécialement adaptés pour l'amarrage d'un navire
  • B63B 21/50 - Dispositifs d'ancrage pour navires spéciaux, p.ex. pour plates-formes flottantes de forage ou dragues
  • E21B 43/01 - Procédés ou dispositifs pour l'extraction de pétrole, de gaz, d'eau ou de matériaux solubles ou fusibles ou d'une suspension de matières minérales à partir de puits spécialement adaptés à l'extraction à partir d'installations sous l'eau

30.

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR COOLING SEAWATER FOR HEAT EXCHANGE PROCESSES

      
Numéro d'application US2022072032
Numéro de publication 2022/246358
Statut Délivré - en vigueur
Date de dépôt 2022-05-02
Date de publication 2022-11-24
Propriétaire EXXONMOBIL UPSTREAM RESEARCH COMPANY (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Lukawski, Maciej, Z.
  • Staedter, Marcel

Abrégé

Chilled seawater formed through interaction with a liquefied gas vaporizer may facilitate various types of heat exchange processes. The extent to which the seawater may be cooled is often limited by local environmental regulations for discharging the seawater once heat exchange has taken place. The foregoing issues may be addressed by systems comprising a liquefied gas vaporizer; a supply line configured to distribute seawater upon the liquefied gas vaporizer; a collection reservoir below the liquefied gas vaporizer configured to gather chilled seawater passing therethrough; a heat exchanger in fluid communication with the collection reservoir; and a heat exchanger outlet line configured to discharge heat-exchanged seawater to a sea location. The heat exchanger may be in direct or indirect thermal communication with a flow pathway for air provided to a gas engine or gas turbine, which may alter speed, power or efficiency of the gas engine or gas turbine.

Classes IPC  ?

  • F02C 7/143 - Refroidissement des ensembles fonctionnels des fluides dans l'ensemble fonctionnel du fluide de travail avant ou entre les étages du compresseur
  • F02C 7/224 - Chauffage du combustible avant son arrivée au brûleur
  • F02C 3/22 - Ensembles fonctionnels de turbines à gaz caractérisés par l'utilisation de produits de combustion comme fluide de travail utilisant un combustible, un oxydant ou un fluide de dilution particulier pour produire les produits de combustion le combustible ou l'oxydant étant gazeux aux température et pression normales

31.

Methods of Increasing Efficiency of Plunger Lift Operations

      
Numéro d'application 17652934
Statut En instance
Date de dépôt 2022-03-01
Date de la première publication 2022-11-24
Propriétaire ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Schmidt, David J.
  • Kumaran, Krishnan
  • Burnett, Donald Allen
  • Goschy, Patrick E.
  • Seabrook, Brian C.

Abrégé

Methods of increasing efficiency of plunger lift operations and hydrocarbon wells that perform the methods are disclosed herein. The methods include monitoring an acoustic output from the hydrocarbon well. The methods also include calculating a plunger speed of a plunger of the hydrocarbon well as the plunger travels toward a surface region and calculating a discharge duration of a liquid discharge time period during which liquid is discharged from the hydrocarbon well. The methods further include correlating the plunger speed and the discharge duration to a discharge volume of liquid discharged from the hydrocarbon well

Classes IPC  ?

  • E21B 43/12 - Procédés ou appareils pour commander l'écoulement du fluide extrait vers ou dans les puits
  • E21B 47/00 - Relevés dans les trous de forage ou dans les puits

32.

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ROCK PHYSICS CONSTRAINED DATA INTEGRATION OF ELASTIC FWI PROPERTIES AND SEISMIC STACKS

      
Numéro d'application US2022027988
Numéro de publication 2022/245555
Statut Délivré - en vigueur
Date de dépôt 2022-05-06
Date de publication 2022-11-24
Propriétaire EXXONMOBIL UPSTREAM RESEARCH COMPANY (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Burtz, Olivier M.
  • Yang, Di

Abrégé

A computer-implemented method for integrating a full wavefield inversion (FWI) solution with a non-FWI solution. Computational costs for generating a large bandwidth FWI solution, such as to 50 Hz, may be considerable. However, limiting the FWI solution to a narrower frequency band, such as up to 20 Hz, renders the FWI solution less useful. To remedy this, an FWI solution that is band limited, such as up to 20 Hz, is integrated with a non-FWI solution. The non-FWI solution may comprise seismic stacks or non-seismic data, and is directed to a different frequency band, with at least part of the non-FWI solution frequency band being greater than 20 Hz. In this way, bandwidth extension may be performed for at least one subsurface physical property parameter by combining a band limited FWI solution with a non- FWI solution.

Classes IPC  ?

  • G01V 1/30 - Analyse
  • G01V 1/32 - Transformation d'un mode d'enregistrement en un autre
  • G01V 11/00 - Prospection ou détection par des méthodes combinant des techniques spécifiées dans les groupes

33.

METHODS FOR NATURAL GAS INJECTION INTO WATER

      
Numéro d'application US2022070493
Numéro de publication 2022/246341
Statut Délivré - en vigueur
Date de dépôt 2022-02-03
Date de publication 2022-11-24
Propriétaire EXXONMOBIL UPSTREAM RESEARCH COMPANY (USA)
Inventeur(s) Nedwed, Timothy, J.

Abrégé

Disclosed herein are methods that include producing oil and natural gas from a subterranean formation; separating the oil and the natural gas; dissolving at least a portion of the natural gas in water; exposing microorganisms that consume hydrocarbons to the water having the natural gas dissolved therein; and allowing higher-level organisms to consume the microorganisms.

Classes IPC  ?

  • E21B 41/00 - Matériel ou accessoires non couverts par les groupes
  • C02F 3/34 - Traitement biologique de l'eau, des eaux résiduaires ou des eaux d'égout caractérisé par les micro-organismes utilisés

34.

POLYOLEFIN-COKE COMPOSITE GRANULES AS A HYDRAULIC FRACTURING PROPPANT

      
Numéro d'application US2022070776
Numéro de publication 2022/241338
Statut Délivré - en vigueur
Date de dépôt 2022-02-23
Date de publication 2022-11-17
Propriétaire EXXONMOBIL UPSTREAM RESEARCH COMPANY (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Stojkovic, Dragan
  • Shirley, Robert, M.
  • Hall, Lee, J.
  • Decker, Kendal

Abrégé

A proppant including polyolefin-coke composite granules, a hydrocarbon well including such a proppant, and methods of forming the hydrocarbon well using such a proppant are provided herein. The hydrocarbon well includes a wellbore that extends within a subsurface region and a downhole tubular that extends within the wellbore and defines a tubular conduit. The hydrocarbon well also includes a number of perforations formed within the downhole tubular and a number of fractures formed within the subsurface region proximate to the perforations. The hydrocarbon well furthers include the proppant positioned within at least a portion of the fractures. The proppant includes a number of polyolefin-coke composite granules, where a characteristic dimension of each polyolefin-coke composite granule is at least 50 micrometers (μm) and at most 3 millimeters (mm), and where each polyolefin-coke composite granule includes a number of polyolefin polymer chains and at least one petroleum coke granule.

Classes IPC  ?

  • C09K 8/68 - Compositions à base d'eau ou de solvants polaires contenant des composés organiques
  • C09K 8/80 - Compositions pour renforcer les fractures, p.ex. compositions pour agents de soutènement utilisés pour maintenir les fractures ouvertes
  • C09K 8/88 - Composés macromoléculaires
  • C09K 8/92 - Compositions pour activer la production en agissant sur la formation souterraine caractérisées par leur forme ou par la forme de leurs composants, p.ex. matériaux encapsulés
  • E21B 43/267 - Maintien de fractures par étaiement

35.

PROPPANT PARTICULATES FORMED FROM DELAYED COKE AND METHODS FOR USING THE SAME

      
Numéro d'application US2022070811
Numéro de publication 2022/241339
Statut Délivré - en vigueur
Date de dépôt 2022-02-24
Date de publication 2022-11-17
Propriétaire EXXONMOBIL UPSTREAM RESEARCH COMPANY (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Shirley, Rober, M.
  • Spiecker, Matthew, P.
  • Gordon, Peter, A.

Abrégé

A fracturing fluid including proppant particulates formed from delayed coke, as well as a method for utilizing such fracturing fluid, are provided herein. The fracturing fluid includes a carrier fluid, as well as proppant particulates composed of delayed coke material. The method includes introducing the fracturing fluid into a subterranean formation and (optionally) depositing at least a portion of the proppant particulates within one or more fractures in the subterranean formation.

Classes IPC  ?

  • C09K 8/80 - Compositions pour renforcer les fractures, p.ex. compositions pour agents de soutènement utilisés pour maintenir les fractures ouvertes
  • E21B 43/267 - Maintien de fractures par étaiement
  • C09K 8/68 - Compositions à base d'eau ou de solvants polaires contenant des composés organiques
  • C09K 8/62 - Compositions pour la formation de crevasses ou de fractures

36.

HIGH-RESOLUTION AGE DIFFERENTIATION OF JURASSIC-SOURCED OILS ACROSS THE NORTH ATLANTIC MARGINS

      
Numéro d'application US2022025337
Numéro de publication 2022/235427
Statut Délivré - en vigueur
Date de dépôt 2022-04-19
Date de publication 2022-11-10
Propriétaire EXXONMOBIL UPSTREAM RESEARCH COMPANY (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Zhu, Chun
  • Dumitrescu, Mirela
  • Davis, Cara, L.

Abrégé

A method (400) for determining the geologic age of hydrocarbon samples, such as oils, using novel age biomarkers may comprise: measuring a concentration or related value of triaromatic dinosteranes (triaromatic 4,23,24-trimethyldinosteroids) (TAD) in a hydrocarbon sample, e.g. migrated oil sample, from a North Atlantic conjugate margin (NAM); calculating (426) a TAD index for the hydrocarbon sample based on the concentration or the related value of the TAD; and predicting (428) an age of the hydrocarbon sample based on a correlation (414) between a hydrocarbon age and the TAD index.

Classes IPC  ?

  • G01N 33/28 - Huiles
  • E21B 49/08 - Prélèvement d'échantillons de fluides ou test des fluides dans les trous de forage ou dans les puits
  • G01N 30/02 - Chromatographie sur colonne
  • G01N 30/72 - Spectromètres de masse
  • G01N 30/84 - Préparation des fractions à séparer
  • G01N 30/88 - Systèmes intégrés d'analyse, spécialement adaptés à cet effet, non couverts par un seul des groupes

37.

MACHINE LEARNING FOR THE OPTIMIZATION OF LIQUEFACTION PROCESSES IN THE PRODUCTION OF LIQUEFIED NATURAL GAS

      
Numéro d'application US2022071785
Numéro de publication 2022/236222
Statut Délivré - en vigueur
Date de dépôt 2022-04-18
Date de publication 2022-11-10
Propriétaire EXXONMOBIL UPSTREAM RESEARCH COMPANY (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Lolla, Sri Venkata Tapovan
  • Blazina, Grant, V.
  • Pomeleu, Peter
  • Nicholson, Scott, J.
  • Sabarei, Kimberly
  • Parbhoo, Rupesh, J.

Abrégé

Methods and systems for generating a machine-learned model and estimating a performance indicator of a liquefied natural gas production process with the machine-learned model. By estimating the performance indicator, production may be planned, deviations in measured performance indicators may be discovered, and setpoints of process variables for an optimal performance indicator may be generated.

Classes IPC  ?

  • F25J 1/00 - Procédés ou appareils de liquéfaction ou de solidification des gaz ou des mélanges gazeux

38.

Solvent mixtures for downhole elemental sulfur removal and formation stimulation

      
Numéro d'application 17229234
Numéro de brevet 11492540
Statut Délivré - en vigueur
Date de dépôt 2021-04-13
Date de la première publication 2022-11-08
Date d'octroi 2022-11-08
Propriétaire ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Harnsberry, Kevin A.
  • Northrop, Paul Scott

Abrégé

Solvent mixtures for downhole elemental sulfur removal and formation stimulation, and methods for utilizing such solvent mixtures, are described herein. One method includes providing a solvent mixture that includes an elemental sulfur solvent fraction and an odorant fraction that includes a lactate ester solvent. The method also includes injecting the solvent mixture into a hydrocarbon well such that the elemental sulfur solvent fraction of the solvent mixture dissolves elemental sulfur deposited on well components, and contacting the solvent mixture with water such that the lactate ester solvent within the odorant fraction reacts with the water to generate lactic acid. The method further includes stimulating a formation through which the hydrocarbon well extends by flowing the solvent mixture including the lactic acid through the hydrocarbon well and into the formation.

Classes IPC  ?

  • C09K 8/62 - Compositions pour la formation de crevasses ou de fractures
  • C09K 8/532 - Soufre
  • C09K 8/72 - Produits chimiques érosifs, p.ex. acides
  • E21B 43/27 - Procédés pour activer la production par formation de crevasses ou de fractures par emploi de produits chimiques érosifs, p.ex. d'acides
  • E21B 43/28 - Dissolution de matières minérales autres que des hydrocarbures, p.ex. par un agent de lessivage alcalin ou acide
  • E21B 43/285 - Fusion de matières minérales, p.ex. de soufre
  • C09K 8/74 - Produits chimiques érosifs, p.ex. acides combinés avec des additifs ajoutés à des fins spécifiques

39.

METHODS FOR ACCELERATED DEVELOPMENT PLANNING OPTIMIZATION USING MACHINE LEARNING FOR UNCONVENTIONAL OIL AND GAS RESOURCES

      
Numéro d'application US2022070492
Numéro de publication 2022/232714
Statut Délivré - en vigueur
Date de dépôt 2022-02-03
Date de publication 2022-11-03
Propriétaire EXXONMOBIL UPSTREAM RESEARCH COMPANY (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Doraiswamy, Sriram
  • Manik, Jai
  • Forouzanfar, Fahim
  • Guice, Kyle
  • Wu, Xiaohui

Abrégé

Methods for analyzing subsurface process data in order to perform one or more subsurface operations in a subsurface are provided. Generating subsurface models is typically a long and laborious process in which subsurface process data is analyzed in order to generate the subsurface models. In contrast, work in generating the subsurface models may be front- loaded by first using a physics simulator in order to generate a training set of subsurface forward models, and then performing machine learning using the training set to generate one or more proxy models, such as a forward proxy model and an inverse proxy model. The machine learning may be constrained using physics-based rules to better converge on the proxy models. In this way, the already-trained inverse proxy model may input the subsurface process data in order to generate potential inverse models, which may then be used to perform subsurface operations in the subsurface.

Classes IPC  ?

  • G01V 99/00 - Matière non prévue dans les autres groupes de la présente sous-classe

40.

VOLUME-BASED PROPPANT TRAPPING FOR MODIFYING FRACKING IN THE SUBSURFACE

      
Numéro d'application US2022070521
Numéro de publication 2022/232715
Statut Délivré - en vigueur
Date de dépôt 2022-02-04
Date de publication 2022-11-03
Propriétaire EXXONMOBIL UPSTREAM RESEARCH COMPANY (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Manchanda, Ripudaman
  • Meier, Holder, A.
  • Bhargava, Peeyush

Abrégé

A method and a system for volume-based proppant trapping along a fracture surface is disclosed. Hydraulic fracturing involves injecting proppant to ensure separation of the fracture surfaces after the stimulation treatment is completed. The spatial placement of proppant is assumed to be directly related to the fracture conductivity along the hydraulic fracture as well as its connectivity to the wellbore. Fracture conductivity is an important focus of designing fracture treatments since fracture conductivity may be directly related to the well performance. Thus, improving one or more aspects of proppant placement, such as determining the optimal type, size and/or concentration of proppant(s) may enhance fracture conductivity and in turn improve well performance. In order to understand the placement of proppant in the subsurface, a volume-based proppant trapping model is used. The volume-based proppant trapping model may factor in parameters associated with the subsurface, parameters associated with the proppants, and user parameters, such as the total volume of proppant along the fracture surface, thereby assisting in hydraulic fracturing.

Classes IPC  ?

41.

Superterranean Acoustic Networks, Methods of Forming Superterranean Acoustic Networks, and Methods of Operating Said Networks

      
Numéro d'application 17650428
Statut En instance
Date de dépôt 2022-02-09
Date de la première publication 2022-10-20
Propriétaire ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Zhang, Yibing
  • Song, Limin
  • Rinehart, Adam J.
  • Disko, Mark M.
  • Yi, Xiaohua
  • Seabrook, Brian C.

Abrégé

Superterranean acoustic networks, methods of forming superterranean acoustic networks, and methods of operating superterranean acoustic networks are disclosed herein. The superterranean acoustic networks include superterranean hydrocarbon infrastructure that extends above a ground surface, defines a waveguide, and contains a fluid. The infrastructure also includes a plurality of acoustic communication nodes spaced-apart along the superterranean hydrocarbon infrastructure. Each acoustic communication node of the plurality of acoustic communication nodes includes an acoustic transmitter and an acoustic receiver. The acoustic transmitter is configured to generate a generated acoustic signal and to supply the generated acoustic signal to the waveguide. Responsive to receipt of the generated acoustic signal, the waveguide is configured to propagate a propagated acoustic signal there through. The acoustic receiver is configured to receive another propagated acoustic signal, which is generated by another acoustic communication node of the plurality of acoustic communication nodes, from the waveguide as a received acoustic signal.

Classes IPC  ?

  • G01V 1/00 - Séismologie; Prospection ou détection sismique ou acoustique
  • G01V 99/00 - Matière non prévue dans les autres groupes de la présente sous-classe
  • G01V 1/50 - Analyse des données
  • G01V 1/28 - Traitement des données sismiques, p.ex. pour analyse, pour interprétation, pour correction

42.

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR EVALUATING RADIOGRAPH TESTING INSPECTION OF PIPE WELDING

      
Numéro d'application US2022071146
Numéro de publication 2022/221803
Statut Délivré - en vigueur
Date de dépôt 2022-03-15
Date de publication 2022-10-20
Propriétaire EXXONMOBIL UPSTREAM RESEARCH COMPANY (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Seow, Ming-Jung
  • Price, Roby, H.

Abrégé

A method and a system for generating and using an Al models to analyze welds is disclosed. Welding is used in the oil and gas industry to obtain and transport oil and gas deposits. One way to analyze weldments is using Radiograph Testing (RT) to generate an image of the weld. Rather than solely relying on an inspector who inspects the image, an artificial intelligence (Al) system is disclosed to perform inspection of the weldments via pattern recognition. In particular, the Al system may include an Al model that is generated via iteratively training of a neural network so that the Al model includes a multi-tier decision hierarchy, such as: identifying defect or no defect; identifying a type of defect; and identifying a sub-type of defect. In this way, the Al model may assist the inspector in identifying failing weldments.

Classes IPC  ?

  • G06T 7/00 - Analyse d'image
  • G06N 3/00 - Agencements informatiques fondés sur des modèles biologiques

43.

LOW-DENSITY HOLLOW GLASS BEAD (HGB) FLUIDS FOR WELLBORE DRILLING, COMPLETION, AND WORKOVER OPERATIONS

      
Numéro d'application US2022015075
Numéro de publication 2022/191936
Statut Délivré - en vigueur
Date de dépôt 2022-02-03
Date de publication 2022-09-15
Propriétaire EXXONMOBIL UPSTREAM RESEARCH COMPANY (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Penny, Glenn
  • Gupta, Vishwas
  • Rao, Sai, Sashankh
  • Kostov, Nikolay
  • Wu, Qian

Abrégé

22S scavenger. Moreover, the low-density HGB fluids are suitable for use as lower-density cap fluids for pressurized mudcap drilling (PMCD) operations, alternative drilling fluids for managed pressure drilling (MPD) operations, alternative drilling fluids for conventional drilling operations corresponding to very-low-pressure or highly-depleted reservoirs, and/or lightweight fluids for wellbore workover operations.

Classes IPC  ?

  • C09K 8/02 - Compositions pour le forage des puits
  • E21B 21/08 - Commande ou surveillance de la pression ou de l'écoulement du fluide de forage, p.ex. remplissage automatique des trous de forage, commande automatique de la pression au fond

44.

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR LIQUEFACTION OF NATURAL GAS

      
Numéro d'application US2022070574
Numéro de publication 2022/187781
Statut Délivré - en vigueur
Date de dépôt 2022-02-09
Date de publication 2022-09-09
Propriétaire EXXONMOBIL UPSTREAM RESEARCH COMPANY (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Lukawski, Maciej, Z.
  • Nagavarapu, Ananda, K.

Abrégé

Systems and methods for liquefaction of natural gas. The systems include a feed gas compression and expansion module, which includes a work-producing feed expander and is configured to receive a feed stream, which includes natural gas, and to compress and cool the feed stream to generate a cooled and compressed feed stream. The systems also include a mixed refrigerant compression module, which is configured to receive a warmed and expanded refrigerant stream, which includes a mixed refrigerant, and to compress and cool the warmed and expanded refrigerant stream to generate a compressed refrigerant stream. The systems further includes a cryogenic heat exchange module, which is configured to facilitate thermal energy transfer from the natural gas to the mixed refrigerant. The systems also include a mixed refrigerant expansion module. The methods include methods of operating the systems.

Classes IPC  ?

  • F25J 1/00 - Procédés ou appareils de liquéfaction ou de solidification des gaz ou des mélanges gazeux

45.

Riserless offshore production and storage system and related methods

      
Numéro d'application 17647486
Numéro de brevet 11555381
Statut Délivré - en vigueur
Date de dépôt 2022-01-10
Date de la première publication 2022-08-04
Date d'octroi 2023-01-17
Propriétaire ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Davis, Deborah J.
  • Mandot, Sushil K.
  • Baker, David A.
  • Li, Zhen
  • Fielding, Brian J.

Abrégé

A method of conveying a production fluid from an offshore subsea well to an offshore vessel includes deploying an inflatable bladder from the offshore vessel, the inflatable bladder including a bladder valve, and fluidly connecting the inflatable bladder to an offloading port positioned at a seafloor, wherein the offloading port includes a port valve and is in fluid communication with one or more subterranean hydrocarbon-bearing formations. The method further includes opening the bladder and port valves to discharge the production fluid from the offloading port into the inflatable bladder, and thereby resulting in a substantially filled bladder, closing the bladder and port valves, and fluidly disconnecting the substantially filled bladder from the offloading port.

Classes IPC  ?

  • E21B 43/01 - Procédés ou dispositifs pour l'extraction de pétrole, de gaz, d'eau ou de matériaux solubles ou fusibles ou d'une suspension de matières minérales à partir de puits spécialement adaptés à l'extraction à partir d'installations sous l'eau

46.

SUBSEA DEHYDRATION OF NATURAL GAS USING SOLID DESICCANT

      
Numéro d'application US2022070086
Numéro de publication 2022/165450
Statut Délivré - en vigueur
Date de dépôt 2022-01-07
Date de publication 2022-08-04
Propriétaire EXXONMOBIL UPSTREAM RESEARCH COMPANY (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Cullinane, John, Timothy
  • Northrop, P., Scott

Abrégé

Techniques described herein relate to a subsea dehydration system including two or more solid desiccant dehydration units. Each solid desiccant dehydration unit includes solid desiccant beds arranged as parallel pipes oriented substantially horizontally and packed with solid desiccant material. The solid desiccant dehydration units are configured to perform a cyclic dehydration process in which at least one solid desiccant dehydration unit performs an adsorption function for selectively adsorbing water from a wet natural gas stream, while at least one other solid desiccant dehydration unit simultaneously undergoes a regeneration function for desorbing adsorbed water from corresponding solid desiccant beds and cooling the corresponding solid desiccant beds to a suitable temperature prior to performing the adsorption function. Moreover, the subsea dehydration system is configured to periodically switch the direction of flow such that the solid desiccant dehydration units alternate between performing the adsorption function and undergoing the regeneration function.

Classes IPC  ?

  • B01D 53/26 - Séchage des gaz ou vapeurs
  • B01D 53/04 - SÉPARATION Épuration chimique ou biologique des gaz résiduaires, p.ex. gaz d'échappement des moteurs à combustion, fumées, vapeurs, gaz de combustion ou aérosols par adsorption, p.ex. chromatographie préparatoire en phase gazeuse avec adsorbants fixes

47.

CONTROL OF ACID GAS LOADING WITHIN GAS PROCESSING SYSTEM

      
Numéro d'application US2022070087
Numéro de publication 2022/165451
Statut Délivré - en vigueur
Date de dépôt 2022-01-07
Date de publication 2022-08-04
Propriétaire EXXONMOBIL UPSTREAM RESEARCH COMPANY (USA)
Inventeur(s) Cullinane, John, Timothy

Abrégé

Techniques described herein relate to a method for controlling acid gas loading within a gas processing system. The method includes contacting a sour gas stream including acid gases with a solvent stream within a number of co-current contacting systems to generate a sweetened gas stream and a rich solvent stream including absorbed acid gases. The method also includes measuring the gas flow rate and the solvent flow rate, as well as measuring the liquid and/or gas inlet temperatures and outlet temperatures for each co-current contacting system. The method further includes determining the amount of acid gases absorbed by the solvent stream within each co-current contacting system based on the measured parameters, in combination with the heat of reaction between the acid gases and the solvent stream, as well as adjusting operating parameters corresponding to the gas processing system based on the determined amount of absorbed acid gases.

Classes IPC  ?

  • B01D 53/14 - SÉPARATION Épuration chimique ou biologique des gaz résiduaires, p.ex. gaz d'échappement des moteurs à combustion, fumées, vapeurs, gaz de combustion ou aérosols par absorption
  • C10L 3/00 - Combustibles gazeux; Gaz naturel; Gaz naturel de synthèse obtenu par des procédés non prévus dans les sous-classes , ; Gaz de pétrole liquéfié

48.

Method And System For Generating A Surprisingness Score For Sentences Within Geoscience Text

      
Numéro d'application 17611445
Statut En instance
Date de dépôt 2020-05-18
Date de la première publication 2022-07-28
Propriétaire ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company (USA)
Inventeur(s) Cleverley, Paul H.

Abrégé

The invention is a data processing method and system for suggesting insightful and surprising sentences to geoscientists from unstructured text. The data processing system makes the necessary calculations to assign a surprisingness score to detect sentences containing several signals which when combined exponentially, have tendencies to give rise to surprise. In particularly, the data processing system operates on any digital unstructured text derived from academic literature, company reports, web pages and other sources. Detected sentences can be used to stimulate ideation and learning events for geoscientists in industries such as oil and gas, economic mining, space exploration and Geo-health.

Classes IPC  ?

  • G06F 40/40 - Traitement ou traduction du langage naturel
  • G06F 40/284 - Analyse lexicale, p.ex. segmentation en unités ou cooccurrence
  • G06K 9/62 - Méthodes ou dispositions pour la reconnaissance utilisant des moyens électroniques
  • G06N 20/00 - Apprentissage automatique

49.

PROCESS FOR PROTECTING CARBON STEEL PIPE FROM SULFIDE STRESS CRACKING IN SEVERE SOUR SERVICE ENVIRONMENTS

      
Numéro d'application US2021072892
Numéro de publication 2022/150241
Statut Délivré - en vigueur
Date de dépôt 2021-12-14
Date de publication 2022-07-14
Propriétaire EXXONMOBIL UPSTREAM RESEARCH COMPANY (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Baker, David, A.
  • Gordon, Peter, A.
  • Hallai, Julian
  • Jun, Hyun, Jo
  • Ozekcin, Adnan
  • Srivastava, Vikas
  • Thirumalai, Neeraj, S.

Abrégé

22S and low pH) from experiencing sulfide stress cracking (or "SSC") as defined in the ANSI/NACE/ISO International Standard ANSI/NACE MR0175 / ISO 15156-1:2015. In particular, the present disclosure relates to determining operating conditions of a process fluid to determine minimum safe operating temperature to prevent SSC in carbon steel pipe, equipping the carbon steel pipe with an appropriately designed heating supply, and utilizing the heating supply to ensure that the internal wall of the carbon steel pipe (i.e., the face of the inner pipe which is exposed to the process fluid) is maintained at or above the minimum safe operating temperature to prevent SSC from occurring in the carbon steel pipe materials.

Classes IPC  ?

  • F16L 57/02 - Protection des tuyaux ou d'objets de forme similaire contre les dommages ou les usures internes ou externes contre la fissuration ou le flambement

50.

CALIBRATED MINERALOGY INTERPRETATION METHODS AND RELATED COMPUTER SYSTEMS

      
Numéro d'application US2021072275
Numéro de publication 2022/150230
Statut Délivré - en vigueur
Date de dépôt 2021-11-08
Date de publication 2022-07-14
Propriétaire EXXONMOBIL UPSTREAM RESEARCH COMPANY (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Luycx, Mathilde
  • Ijasan, Olabode
  • Mclendon, Darren, M.
  • Wheelock, Brent, D.

Abrégé

A method for calibrated multi-mineral, multi-fluid interpretation is provided herein. The method includes generating a multi-mineral, multi-fluid interpretation model for a number of log types using core and/or specialized log data acquired from subsurface region(s) that relate to components within the subsurface region(s). Generating the model includes: (1) for each log type, calibrating component end-members for the log type via an inversion of the core and/or specialized log data relating to the components across all depths of interest; and (2) incorporating the resulting calibrated end-members for the log types into the model. The method also includes generating component volume fraction profiles using log data acquired from analogous subsurface region(s) using the model, wherein the log data relate to any of the log types used to generate the model. Each component volume fraction profile includes a range of component volume fractions that accounts for a degree of uncertainty within the model.

Classes IPC  ?

  • G01V 11/00 - Prospection ou détection par des méthodes combinant des techniques spécifiées dans les groupes

51.

NATURAL GAS LIQUEFACTION METHODS AND SYSTEMS FEATURING SECONDARY LIQUID COOLING

      
Numéro d'application US2021072398
Numéro de publication 2022/147385
Statut Délivré - en vigueur
Date de dépôt 2021-11-15
Date de publication 2022-07-07
Propriétaire EXXONMOBIL UPSTREAM RESEARCH COMPANY (USA)
Inventeur(s) Vincentelli, Jorge

Abrégé

Natural gas liquefaction processes may be facilitated by incorporating secondary liquid cooling to facilitate an overall pressure decrease and improved throughput at a fixed compressor power. Natural gas processing methods may comprise: providing a natural gas stream to a first compressor, compressing the natural gas stream in the first compressor and, performing air cooled heat exchange, conveying the resulting cooled, compressed natural gas stream to a multiple stream heat exchanger cooled by first and second gaseous refrigerants in first and second closed refrigerant loops and cooling to form a chilled, compressed natural gas stream, expanding the chilled, compressed natural gas stream to form a chilled natural gas stream, and converted the chilled natural gas stream into liquefied natural gas. Secondary liquid cooling is incorporated in at least one of the first or second closed refrigerant loops, and/or upstream from the multiple stream heat exchanger and downstream from the first compressor.

Classes IPC  ?

  • F25J 1/00 - Procédés ou appareils de liquéfaction ou de solidification des gaz ou des mélanges gazeux

52.

SEISMIC EMBEDDINGS FOR DETECTING SUBSURFACE HYDROCARBON PRESENCE AND GEOLOGICAL FEATURES

      
Numéro d'application US2021072282
Numéro de publication 2022/140717
Statut Délivré - en vigueur
Date de dépôt 2021-11-08
Date de publication 2022-06-30
Propriétaire EXXONMOBIL UPSTREAM RESEARCH COMPANY (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Denli, Huseyin
  • Kovalski, Michael, H.
  • Macdonald, Cody
  • Daves, Jacquelyn, S.

Abrégé

A computer-implemented method for identifying one or more geological features of interest from seismic data is disclosed. Hydrocarbon prospecting attempts to accurately model subsurface geologic structures and to detect fluid presence in those structures. Typically, seismic data of the subsurface is analyzed in order to accurately model the subsurface geologic structures. However, modeling in seismic space can be limiting. As such, a machine learning framework is used to learn a structured and compositional representation space, such as embedding space, where the distinctive features of interests, such as DHI, traps, seals, reservoirs, migration paths, or the like, are separated. In practice, an embedding model is generated, and thereafter tailored, such as by modifying the embedding model or refining the machine learning model using retraining. In this way and in contrast to seismic space, embedding space may better represent the features of interest and measure the adjacency or compositional nature (e.g., distance) of the features from one to another, thereby better modeling subsurface geologic structures.

Classes IPC  ?

  • G01V 1/28 - Traitement des données sismiques, p.ex. pour analyse, pour interprétation, pour correction
  • G01V 1/30 - Analyse
  • G06N 3/02 - Réseaux neuronaux

53.

ODOR MANAGEMENT FOR DISULFIDE SOLVENTS AND SURFACES CONTACTED THEREWITH

      
Numéro d'application US2021071795
Numéro de publication 2022/126043
Statut Délivré - en vigueur
Date de dépôt 2021-10-08
Date de publication 2022-06-16
Propriétaire EXXONMOBIL UPSTREAM RESEARCH COMPANY (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Harnsberry, Kevin, A.
  • Northrop, Scott, P.

Abrégé

Disulfide solvents may be particularly effective for dissolving deposits comprising elemental sulfur, but the extreme odor of these solvent may make their use rather problematic. Solvent blends comprising at least one disulfide solvent, amine solvent, ketone solvent, and ester solvent may afford a less obnoxious odor and not appreciably compromise the sulfur dissolution capabilities. Surfaces contacted with such solvent blends or at least partially spent variants thereof may exhibit excessive odor due to loss of one or more of the amine, ketone, or ester solvents. Excessive odor resulting from a solvent residue upon a surface may be alleviated by contacting the surface with at least one oxidant. Odor balance may also be restored to at least partially spent solvent blends by introducing additional ester solvent, which may convert a biphasic mixture into an emulsion comprising the disulfide solvent.

Classes IPC  ?

54.

SOLIDS REMOVAL USING SOLVENT BLENDS COMPRISING A DISULFIDE SOLVENT

      
Numéro d'application US2021071808
Numéro de publication 2022/126044
Statut Délivré - en vigueur
Date de dépôt 2021-10-11
Date de publication 2022-06-16
Propriétaire EXXONMOBIL UPSTREAM RESEARCH COMPANY (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Harnsberry, Kevin, A.
  • Northrop, Scott, P.

Abrégé

Solids dissolution may be promoted using a solvent blend comprising a disulfide solvent, particularly additional solids present in combination with elemental sulfur deposits. The solvent blends may comprise at least one disulfide solvent, at least one amine solvent, at least one ketone solvent, at least one ester solvent, and optionally water. Solids dissolution methods may comprise: identifying one or more solids in addition to elemental sulfur to be contacted by the solvent blend; adjusting a composition of the solvent blend to afford selectivity for dissolution of at least a portion of the one or more solids; and contacting the solvent blend with elemental sulfur and the one or more solids to promote at least partial dissolution thereof.

Classes IPC  ?

  • C10G 75/04 - Inhibition de la corrosion ou des salissures dans des appareils de traitement ou de conversion des huiles d'hydrocarbures, en général par addition d'agents antisalissures
  • C09K 8/532 - Soufre
  • C11D 7/50 - Solvants

55.

METHODS FOR TREATING GAS STREAMS

      
Numéro d'application US2021071699
Numéro de publication 2022/099234
Statut Délivré - en vigueur
Date de dépôt 2021-10-04
Date de publication 2022-05-12
Propriétaire EXXONMOBIL UPSTREAM RESEARCH COMPANY (USA)
Inventeur(s) Cullinane, John, Timothy

Abrégé

Methods for treating a gas stream are provided. The methods include a) passing the gas stream through at least one column, wherein the gas stream comprises one or more acidic components and/or water; b) passing the gas stream in a vertical upflow direction into one or more cyclones located in the at least one column; c) contacting at least one solvent with the gas stream in the one or more cyclones to produce a second gas stream that is substantially free of the one or more acidic components and/or the water; and d) recovering the second gas stream.

Classes IPC  ?

  • B01D 53/18 - Unités d'absorption; Distributeurs de liquides
  • B01D 53/14 - SÉPARATION Épuration chimique ou biologique des gaz résiduaires, p.ex. gaz d'échappement des moteurs à combustion, fumées, vapeurs, gaz de combustion ou aérosols par absorption
  • B01D 53/26 - Séchage des gaz ou vapeurs
  • C10L 3/10 - Post-traitement de gaz naturel ou de gaz naturel de synthèse

56.

NATURAL GAS LIQUEFACTION METHODS AND SYSTEMS FEATURING FEED COMPRESSION, EXPANSION AND RECYCLING

      
Numéro d'application US2021071526
Numéro de publication 2022/099233
Statut Délivré - en vigueur
Date de dépôt 2021-09-21
Date de publication 2022-05-12
Propriétaire EXXONMOBIL UPSTREAM RESEARCH COMPANY (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Liu, Yijun
  • Priedeman, Douglas, K.
  • Pierre, Fritz, Jr.

Abrégé

Natural gas liquefaction processes may be very energy intensive. Even incremental increases in energy efficiency may be very beneficial. Compression-expansion processing of a natural gas stream and return of a recycle stream following natural gas expansion may lower the natural gas temperature and promote easier liquefaction. A compressor-expander may be utilized in combination with another compressor to afford a cooled, compressed natural gas stream, wherein the recycle stream may be optionally expanded and heat exchanged with the cooled, compressed natural gas stream prior to expansion. The compressor-expander may promote natural gas compression upstream or downstream of another compressor in various system and method configurations.

Classes IPC  ?

  • F25J 1/00 - Procédés ou appareils de liquéfaction ou de solidification des gaz ou des mélanges gazeux

57.

Capacitive Cable for a Downhole Electro-Hydraulic Tool

      
Numéro d'application 17228763
Statut En instance
Date de dépôt 2021-04-13
Date de la première publication 2022-03-31
Propriétaire ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • C., Romer Michael
  • Spiecker, P. Matthew
  • Gordon, Peter A.
  • Stojkovic, Dragan

Abrégé

A capacitive cable, as well as a method for operating a downhole electro-hydraulic (EH) tool using the capacitive cable, are described herein. The capacitive cable includes at least one standard conductor and at least one capacitive conductor including integrated wire-shaped capacitors. The method includes inserting a tool string including the capacitive cable and an attached downhole EH tool into a wellbore and conducting power from the surface to the downhole EH tool via the standard conductor(s) of the capacitive cable. The method also includes storing electrical energy downhole within the capacitive conductor(s) of the capacitive cable, and activating the downhole EH tool to provide for the rapid release of the electrical energy from the capacitive conductor(s) into the downhole EH tool, initiating an electro-hydraulic event within the wellbore.

Classes IPC  ?

  • E21B 17/02 - Accouplements; Joints
  • E21B 41/00 - Matériel ou accessoires non couverts par les groupes
  • H01B 17/28 - Isolateurs d'entrée; Isolateurs de traversée du type condensateur

58.

DETECTION OF HYDROCARBON PRESENCE IN SUBSURFACE FROM SEISMIC IMAGES USING RELATIONAL LEARNING

      
Numéro d'application US2021071435
Numéro de publication 2022/061329
Statut Délivré - en vigueur
Date de dépôt 2021-09-13
Date de publication 2022-03-24
Propriétaire EXXONMOBIL UPSTREAM RESEARCH COMPANY (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Liu, Kuang-Hung
  • Denli, Huseyin
  • Johns, Mary
  • Daves, Jacquelyn

Abrégé

A computer-implemented method for detecting geological elements or fluid in a subsurface from seismic images is disclosed. Seismic data may be analyzed to identify one or both of fluid or geologic elements in the subsurface. As one example, the analysis may include unsupervised learning, such as variational machine learning, in order to learn relationships between different sets of seismic data. For example, variational machine learning may be used to learn relationships among partially-stack images or among pre-stack images in order to detect hydrocarbon presence. In this way, an unsupervised learning framework may be used for learning a Direct Hydrocarbon Indicator (DHI) from seismic images by learning relationships among partially-stack or pre-stack images.

Classes IPC  ?

59.

Waveform energy generation systems and methods of enhancing matrix permeability in a subsurface formation

      
Numéro d'application 17444479
Numéro de brevet 11572766
Statut Délivré - en vigueur
Date de dépôt 2021-08-05
Date de la première publication 2022-03-10
Date d'octroi 2023-02-07
Propriétaire ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company (USA)
Inventeur(s) Lonnes, Steve

Abrégé

A waveform energy generation system, the system including at least one joint of production casing, and one or more energy generators residing along the joint of production casing. The energy generators are configured to be in substantial mechanical contact with a subsurface formation within a wellbore. The energy generators may include either explosive devices or a piezo-electric material. The system also includes a signal transmission system. The signal transmission system is used to send control signals from the surface down to the energy generators for activation at the formation's resonant frequency. Methods of enhancing the permeability of a rock matrix within a subsurface formation using the wellbore as an energy generator are also provided.

Classes IPC  ?

  • E21B 41/00 - Matériel ou accessoires non couverts par les groupes
  • E21B 43/263 - Procédés pour activer la production par formation de crevasses ou de fractures en utilisant des explosifs
  • E21B 17/08 - Joints de tubage

60.

System and method for measuring discharge parameters relating to an electric submersible pump

      
Numéro d'application 17336474
Numéro de brevet 11555396
Statut Délivré - en vigueur
Date de dépôt 2021-06-02
Date de la première publication 2022-02-17
Date d'octroi 2023-01-17
Propriétaire ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Romer, Michael C.
  • Manfoumbi, Wilfried

Abrégé

An electric submersible pump (ESP) monitoring system is described herein. The ESP monitoring system includes a base monitoring unit and a discharge monitoring unit that are communicably coupled via a ground path. The discharge monitoring unit is hydraulically coupled to the pump discharge and is configured to measure a discharge parameter relating to the pump discharge and transmit data corresponding to the discharge parameter to the base monitoring unit via the ground path. The base monitoring unit is electrically connected to the motor of the ESP system and is configured to measure a base parameter relating to the motor and/or the pump intake, receive the transmitted data corresponding to the discharge parameter from the discharge monitoring unit, combine the data corresponding to the discharge parameter and the data corresponding to the base parameter, and transmit the combined data to an ESP surface unit via an ESP power cable.

Classes IPC  ?

  • E21B 47/008 - Surveillance des systèmes de pompe de fond de trou, p.ex. pour la détection de conditions appelées "cognement sur le fluide"
  • E21B 43/12 - Procédés ou appareils pour commander l'écoulement du fluide extrait vers ou dans les puits
  • F04B 17/03 - Pompes caractérisées par leur combinaison avec des machines motrices ou moteurs particuliers qui les entraînent ou par leur adaptation à ceux-ci entraînées par des moteurs électriques
  • F04B 47/06 - Pompes ou installations de pompage spécialement adaptées pour élever un fluide à partir d'une grande profondeur, p.ex. pompes de puits dont les ensembles pompe-moteur sont placés à grande profondeur

61.

SWING ADSORPTION PROCESSES AND SYSTEMS FOR CONTROLLING PRODUCT COMPOSITION

      
Numéro d'application US2021043922
Numéro de publication 2022/035617
Statut Délivré - en vigueur
Date de dépôt 2021-07-30
Date de publication 2022-02-17
Propriétaire EXXONMOBIL UPSTREAM RESEARCH COMPANY (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Vella, Joseph, R.
  • Marshall, Bennett, D.
  • Chen, Chien-Chiang

Abrégé

Provided are apparatus and systems for performing a swing adsorption process. In particular, the method and system involves swing adsorption processes and systems designed to lessen the temperature, pressure and product stream composition fluctuations in the adsorption step of a swing adsorption process, particularly involving preparation of the adsorption bed unit using feed stream cooling in conjunction with splitting the cooled feed stream to the adsorption bed units during adsorption steps while staggering the timing of back- to-back adsorption steps in the swing adsorption process. The process may be utilized for swing adsorption processes, such as rapid cycle TSA and/or rapid cycle PSA, which are utilized to remove one or more contaminants from a gaseous feed stream.

Classes IPC  ?

  • B01D 53/04 - SÉPARATION Épuration chimique ou biologique des gaz résiduaires, p.ex. gaz d'échappement des moteurs à combustion, fumées, vapeurs, gaz de combustion ou aérosols par adsorption, p.ex. chromatographie préparatoire en phase gazeuse avec adsorbants fixes
  • B01D 53/047 - Adsorption à pression alternée

62.

Apparatus and Method for Non-Intrusive Pressure Measurement and Early Identification of Solids Formation using Selected Guided Ultrasonic Wave Modes

      
Numéro d'application 17370414
Statut En instance
Date de dépôt 2021-07-08
Date de la première publication 2022-02-03
Propriétaire ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Zhang, Yibing
  • Song, Limin
  • Wolf, Henry Alan
  • Disko, Mark M.
  • Long, Ted A.
  • Seabrook, Brian C.

Abrégé

A method of measuring a pressure of a fluid adjacent a wall of a pipe or vessel. A transducer is attached to the wall of the pipe or vessel. A signal is transmitted by the transducer at a characteristic frequency via a plurality of guided wave modes. The characteristic frequency is a frequency at which the guided wave modes are separated in time from each other when received. The signal is received after the plurality of guided wave modes travel in or through the wall a predetermined number of times. The signal has a signal receipt time after the predetermined number of times. The pressure of the fluid is calculated using the signal receipt time.

Classes IPC  ?

  • G01L 9/00 - Mesure de la pression permanente, ou quasi permanente d’un fluide ou d’un matériau solide fluent par des éléments électriques ou magnétiques sensibles à la pression; Transmission ou indication par des moyens électriques ou magnétiques du déplacement des éléments mécaniques sensibles à la pression, utilisés pour mesurer la pression permanente ou quasi permanente d’un fluide ou d’un matériau solide fluent

63.

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR NON-INTRUSIVE PRESSURE MEASUREMENT AND EARLY IDENTIFICATION OF SOLIDS FORMATION USING SELECTED GUIDED ULTRASONIC WAVE MODES

      
Numéro d'application US2021040848
Numéro de publication 2022/026146
Statut Délivré - en vigueur
Date de dépôt 2021-07-08
Date de publication 2022-02-03
Propriétaire EXXONMOBIL UPSTREAM RESEARCH COMPANY (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Zhang, Ying
  • Song, Limin
  • Wolf, Henry, Alan
  • Disko, Mark, M.
  • Long, Ted, A.
  • Seabrook, Brian, C.

Abrégé

A method of measuring a pressure of a fluid adjacent a wall of a pipe or vessel. A transducer is attached to the wall of the pipe or vessel. A signal is transmitted by the transducer at a characteristic frequency via a plurality of guided wave modes. The characteristic frequency is a frequency at which the guided wave modes are separated in time from each other when received. The signal is received after the plurality of guided wave modes travel in or through the wall a predetermined number of times. The signal has a signal receipt time after the predetermined number of times. The pressure of the fluid is calculated using the signal receipt time

Classes IPC  ?

  • G01L 11/06 - Mesure de la pression permanente, ou quasi permanente d'un fluide ou d'un matériau solide fluent par des moyens non prévus dans les groupes ou par des moyens acoustiques des moyens ultrasonores

64.

NON-INTRUSIVE DETECTION OF PIPE PARAMETERS USING SELECTED GUIDED ACOUSTIC WAVE MODES

      
Numéro d'application US2021040851
Numéro de publication 2022/026147
Statut Délivré - en vigueur
Date de dépôt 2021-07-08
Date de publication 2022-02-03
Propriétaire EXXONMOBIL UPSTREAM RESEARCH COMPANY (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Zhang, Ying
  • Song, Limin
  • Wolf, Henry, Alan
  • Disko, Mark, M.
  • Seabrook, Brian, C.

Abrégé

Methods and systems for measuring pipe parameters using guided acoustic wave modes are provided. The method includes receiving data corresponding to an acoustic signal, wherein the data are obtained by transmitting an excitation pulse at a specified frequency and detecting the resulting acoustic signal using an acoustic transducer attached to the outer surface of the pipe wall. The method includes analyzing the data to identify guided acoustic wave modes including at least two of: a C-SH acoustic wave mode that travels within the pipe wall; a C-LT acoustic wave mode that travels within the near- surface region of the pipe wall; and/or a CA acoustic wave mode that travels within the pipe cavity. The method includes calibrating the parameter measurement using the C-SH acoustic wave mode and determining the parameter measurement based on the phase velocity and/or the amplitude of the C-LT acoustic wave mode and/or the CA acoustic wave mode.

Classes IPC  ?

  • G01L 11/06 - Mesure de la pression permanente, ou quasi permanente d'un fluide ou d'un matériau solide fluent par des moyens non prévus dans les groupes ou par des moyens acoustiques des moyens ultrasonores
  • G01F 1/66 - Mesure du débit volumétrique ou du débit massique d'un fluide ou d'un matériau solide fluent, dans laquelle le fluide passe à travers un compteur par un écoulement continu en mesurant la fréquence, le déphasage, le temps de propagation d'ondes électromagnétiques ou d'autres types d'ondes, p.ex. en utilisant des débitmètres à ultrasons
  • G01F 15/02 - Compensation ou correction des variations de pression, de poids spécifique ou de température
  • G01F 23/296 - Ondes acoustiques

65.

CONTINUOUS THERMAL COMPRESSION OF HYDROGEN

      
Numéro d'application US2021070608
Numéro de publication 2022/026967
Statut Délivré - en vigueur
Date de dépôt 2021-05-26
Date de publication 2022-02-03
Propriétaire EXXONMOBIL UPSTREAM RESEARCH COMPANY (USA)
Inventeur(s) Staedter, Marcel

Abrégé

A continuous thermal hydrogen compression system, and methods of thermally compressing hydrogen, are disclosed. A hydrogenation module accepts a hydrogen gas stream to be absorbed or adsorbed to a lean carrier stream through heat removal, thereby producing a heat output and a rich carrier stream containing absorbed or adsorbed hydrogen. A pump, connected to an output of the hydrogenation module, increases the pressure of the rich carrier stream to produce a pressurized rich carrier stream. A dehydrogenation module separates, via an addition of heat, a pressurized hydrogen gas stream from the pressurized rich carrier stream to produce a lean carrier stream. A pressure reducing device reduces the pressure of the lean carrier stream before it is returned to the hydrogenation module. The carrier stream is cycled continuously between the hydrogenation module and the dehydrogenation module.

Classes IPC  ?

  • C01B 3/00 - Hydrogène; Mélanges gazeux contenant de l'hydrogène; Séparation de l'hydrogène à partir de mélanges en contenant; Purification de l'hydrogène
  • B01D 19/00 - Dégazage de liquides
  • F17C 11/00 - Utilisation de solvants ou d'absorbants des gaz dans les récipients

66.

CONTAINER SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR USING THE SAME

      
Numéro d'application US2021070688
Numéro de publication 2022/026971
Statut Délivré - en vigueur
Date de dépôt 2021-06-10
Date de publication 2022-02-03
Propriétaire EXXONMOBIL UPSTREAM RESEARCH COMPANY (USA)
Inventeur(s) Nagavarapu, Ananda, K.

Abrégé

Container systems for the transportation and/or storage of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) are provided. The container systems include: a) an outer shell; b) an inner pressurized container, wherein the inner pressurized container comprises a first chamber having a first vent and at least one other chamber having a second vent; c) at least one heat exchange zone in thermal communication between the first chamber and the at least one other chamber; and d) an interstitial space between the outer shell and the inner pressurized container including at least a partial vacuum. Methods for transporting and/or storing LNG using the aforementioned container systems are also provided.

Classes IPC  ?

  • F17C 3/08 - Récipients non sous pression assurant une isolation thermique par des espaces où le vide a été fait, p.ex. vases de Dewar
  • F17C 3/10 - Récipients non sous pression assurant une isolation thermique par des chemises à circulation de liquides ou à circulation de vapeur

67.

Method and system of producing hydrocarbons using data-driven inferred production

      
Numéro d'application 17365004
Numéro de brevet 11555389
Statut Délivré - en vigueur
Date de dépôt 2021-07-01
Date de la première publication 2022-02-03
Date d'octroi 2023-01-17
Propriétaire ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Garrett, Richard D.
  • De Mattia, Marco
  • Holub, Curtis J.
  • Dani, Neeraj R.

Abrégé

A method of predicting hydrocarbon production from one or more artificial lift wells is disclosed. Test data is obtained from the artificial lift well. A decline curve model, representing well performance, is generated for one or more fluids in the artificial lift well. Measurement values are obtained from an artificial lift operation. For each of the obtained measurement values, a measurement model is generated that correlates the measurement values to the decline curve. A Kalman filter is used to predict production outputs of at least one of oil, gas, and water for the well, and to generate an uncertainty range for the predicted production outputs. The Kalman filter uses the decline curves to predict the production outputs, and uses the measurement models to correct and/or update the predicted production outputs. Hydrocarbon production activities are modified using the corrected and/or updated predicted production outputs.

Classes IPC  ?

  • E21B 43/12 - Procédés ou appareils pour commander l'écoulement du fluide extrait vers ou dans les puits
  • E21B 47/10 - Localisation des fuites, intrusions ou mouvements du fluide

68.

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR OFFSHORE POWER GENERATION FROM A GAS RESERVOIR

      
Numéro d'application US2021040045
Numéro de publication 2022/015515
Statut Délivré - en vigueur
Date de dépôt 2021-07-01
Date de publication 2022-01-20
Propriétaire EXXONMOBIL UPSTREAM RESEARCH COMPANY (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Wang, Rui
  • Ausborn, Mark, Christian
  • Li, Zhen
  • Chang-Tang, Elliot, M.

Abrégé

Offshore systems and methods may be configured for offshore power generation and carbon dioxide injection for enhanced gas recovery for gas reservoirs. For example, a method may include: providing an offshore facility including a gas turbine, and a gas separator; producing a produced gas from a gas reservoir to the offshore facility; combusting the produced gas in a gas turbine to produce power and a flue gas; at least partially removing nitrogen from the flue gas in a gas separator to produce a carbon dioxide-enriched flue gas and a nitrogen-enriched flue gas; compressing the carbon dioxide-enriched flue gas in a gas compressor to produce a compressed gas; and injecting the compressed gas from the gas compressor into the gas reservoir, wherein 80 mol% or more of hydrocarbon in the produced gas is combusted and/or injected into the gas reservoir.

Classes IPC  ?

  • E21B 43/16 - Procédés de récupération assistée pour l'extraction d'hydrocarbures
  • E21B 43/18 - Procédés par recompression ou par le vide
  • B63B 35/44 - Constructions, magasins, plates-formes de forage ou ateliers flottants, p.ex. portant des appareils séparateurs huile-eau
  • C01C 1/04 - Préparation d'ammoniac par synthèse
  • C10L 3/10 - Post-traitement de gaz naturel ou de gaz naturel de synthèse
  • E21B 43/40 - Séparation associée à la réinjection de matériaux séparés
  • F02C 3/00 - Ensembles fonctionnels de turbines à gaz caractérisés par l'utilisation de produits de combustion comme fluide de travail

69.

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR OFFSHORE POWER GENERATION AND AMMONIA PRODUCTION

      
Numéro d'application US2021040052
Numéro de publication 2022/015516
Statut Délivré - en vigueur
Date de dépôt 2021-07-01
Date de publication 2022-01-20
Propriétaire EXXONMOBIL UPSTREAM RESEARCH COMPANY (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Wang, Rui
  • Ausborn, Mark, Christian
  • Li, Zhen
  • Chang-Tang, Elliot, M.

Abrégé

Offshore systems and methods may be configured for oil production, offshore power generation, ammonia production, and carbon dioxide injection for EOR. For example, a method performed on an offshore facility may include: separating a produced hydrocarbon into a produced gas and a produced oil; combusting the produced gas to produce power and a flue gas; at least partially removing nitrogen from the flue gas to produce a carbon dioxide-enriched flue gas and a nitrogen-enriched flue gas; reforming a portion of the produced gas to produce a stream including hydrogen and carbon dioxide; at least partially separating the carbon dioxide from the stream to yield a carbon dioxide stream and a hydrogen stream; reacting the hydrogen stream and the nitrogen-enriched flue gas to yield ammonia; combining and compressing the carbon dioxide stream and the carbon dioxide-enriched flue gas; and injecting the compressed gas from the gas compressor into the gas reservoir.

Classes IPC  ?

  • C01B 3/38 - Production d'hydrogène ou de mélanges gazeux contenant de l'hydrogène par réaction de composés organiques gazeux ou liquides avec des agents gazéifiants, p.ex. de l'eau, du gaz carbonique, de l'air par réaction d'hydrocarbures avec des agents gazéifiants avec des catalyseurs
  • B01D 53/62 - Oxydes de carbone
  • B63B 35/44 - Constructions, magasins, plates-formes de forage ou ateliers flottants, p.ex. portant des appareils séparateurs huile-eau
  • C01B 3/50 - Séparation de l'hydrogène ou des gaz contenant de l'hydrogène à partir de mélanges gazeux, p.ex. purification
  • E21B 41/00 - Matériel ou accessoires non couverts par les groupes
  • E21B 43/40 - Séparation associée à la réinjection de matériaux séparés
  • F02C 3/04 - Ensembles fonctionnels de turbines à gaz caractérisés par l'utilisation de produits de combustion comme fluide de travail ayant une turbine entraînant un compresseur
  • C01C 1/04 - Préparation d'ammoniac par synthèse

70.

HEAT RECOVERY STEAM GENERATION INTEGRATION WITH HIGH PRESSURE FEED GAS PROCESSES FOR THE PRODUCTION OF LIQUEFIED NATURAL GAS

      
Numéro d'application US2021070585
Numéro de publication 2022/016164
Statut Délivré - en vigueur
Date de dépôt 2021-05-20
Date de publication 2022-01-20
Propriétaire EXXONMOBIL UPSTREAM RESEARCH COMPANY (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Vincentelli, Jorge
  • Liu, Yijun
  • Nagavarapu, Ananda, K.
  • Wright, Xiaoli, Y.

Abrégé

A method of producing LNG. According to the method, a natural gas stream is compressed using first and second compressors. A cooler cools the natural gas stream so that the second compressor produces a cooled, compressed natural gas stream, which is liquefied in a liquefaction process. The liquefaction process uses a refrigerant compressor configured to compress a stream of refrigerant used to chill, condense, or liquefy the cooled, compressed natural gas stream. Using a heat recovery steam generation (HRSG) system, heat is recovered from a power source of the refrigerant compressor. A stream of pressurized steam is generated from the recovered heat. At least one of the first and second compressors is powered using at least part of the stream of pressurized steam.

Classes IPC  ?

  • F25J 1/00 - Procédés ou appareils de liquéfaction ou de solidification des gaz ou des mélanges gazeux
  • F25J 1/02 - Procédés ou appareils de liquéfaction ou de solidification des gaz ou des mélanges gazeux nécessitant l'emploi d'une réfrigération, p.ex. de l'hélium, de l'hydrogène

71.

CLASSIFYING GEOLOGIC FEATURES IN SEISMIC DATA THROUGH IMAGE ANALYSIS BY NEURAL NETWORK

      
Numéro d'application US2021070678
Numéro de publication 2021/258096
Statut Délivré - en vigueur
Date de dépôt 2021-06-09
Date de publication 2021-12-23
Propriétaire EXXONMOBIL UPSTREAM RESEARCH COMPANY (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Miers, Glenn
  • Furlaneto, Dennis
  • Hughes, Brian

Abrégé

Aspects of the technology described herein identify geologic features within seismic data using modern computer analysis. An initial step is the development of training data for the machine classifier. The training data comprises an image of seismic data paired with a label identifying points of interest that the classifier should identify within raw data. Once the training data is generated, a classifier can be trained to identify areas of interest in unlabeled seismic images. The classifier can take the form of a deep neural network, such as a U-net. Aspects of the technology described herein utilize a deep neural network architecture that is optimized to detect broad and flat features in seismic images that may go undetected by typical neural networks in use. The architecture can include a group of layers that perform aspect ratio compression and simultaneous comparison of images across multiple aspect ratio scales.

Classes IPC  ?

  • G01V 1/30 - Analyse
  • G01V 1/28 - Traitement des données sismiques, p.ex. pour analyse, pour interprétation, pour correction

72.

Multiphase Separation System

      
Numéro d'application 17446869
Statut En instance
Date de dépôt 2021-09-03
Date de la première publication 2021-12-23
Propriétaire ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Li, Zhen
  • Olson, Michael D.
  • Gupte, Parag A.

Abrégé

The present techniques are directed to a multiphase separation system. The system includes a liquid-liquid separator configured to receive a separated liquid that is further separated into a separated oil and a separated water within the liquid-liquid separator. An oil pump and a water pump, both with adjustable speeds, are configured to pump the separated oil and the separated water, respectively, from the liquid-liquid separator. An interface level in the liquid-liquid separator is regulated by adjusting the speed of the oil pump and the speed of the water pump.

Classes IPC  ?

  • B01D 17/02 - Séparation de liquides non miscibles
  • B01D 17/12 - Dispositifs auxiliaires spécialement adaptés pour être utilisés avec les appareils pour séparer des liquides, p.ex. circuits de commande
  • C02F 1/00 - Traitement de l'eau, des eaux résiduaires ou des eaux d'égout
  • C02F 1/40 - Dispositifs pour séparer ou enlever les substances grasses ou huileuses, ou les matières flottantes similaires

73.

METHODS OF MONITORING A GEOMETRIC PROPERTY OF A HYDRAULIC FRACTURE WITHIN A SUBSURFACE REGION, WELLS THAT PERFORM THE METHODS, AND STORAGE MEDIA THAT DIRECT COMPUTING DEVICES TO PERFORM THE METHODS

      
Numéro d'application 17228779
Statut En instance
Date de dépôt 2021-04-13
Date de la première publication 2021-12-16
Propriétaire ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Liang, Yueming
  • Bhargava, Peeyush
  • Guice, Kyle

Abrégé

Methods of monitoring a geometric property of a hydraulic fracture within a subsurface region, wells that perform the methods, and storage media that direct computing devices to perform the methods provided. The methods include repeatedly measuring, at a plurality of measurement times, fiber strain as a function of position along a length of an optical fiber. The optical fiber is positioned within a wellbore that extends within a subsurface region and the repeatedly measuring is performed during a change in the geometric property of the hydraulic fracture. For a given measurement time of the plurality of measurement times, the methods also include differentiating the fiber strain as the function of position to generate a strain differential as a function of position along the length of the optical fiber. The methods further include determining the geometric property of the hydraulic fracture based, at least in part, on the strain differential.

Classes IPC  ?

  • E21B 47/002 - Relevés dans les trous de forage ou dans les puits par inspection visuelle
  • E21B 47/135 - Moyens pour la transmission de signaux de mesure ou signaux de commande du puits vers la surface, ou de la surface vers le puits, p.ex. pour la diagraphie pendant le forage par énergie électromagnétique, p.ex. gammes de fréquence radio utilisant des ondes lumineuses, p.ex. ondes infrarouges ou ultraviolettes
  • E21B 47/007 - Mesure des contraintes dans le cuvelage ou la tige de forage

74.

METHODS OF INTERPRETING A PLURALITY OF TIME-SERIES DATASETS GENERATED FROM OPERATION OF HYDROCARBON WELLS

      
Numéro d'application US2021026815
Numéro de publication 2021/252070
Statut Délivré - en vigueur
Date de dépôt 2021-04-12
Date de publication 2021-12-16
Propriétaire EXXONMOBIL UPSTREAM RESEARCH COMPANY (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • De Waele, Stijn
  • Kumaran, Krishnan
  • Schmidt, David J.

Abrégé

Methods of facilitating human interpretation of a plurality of time-series datasets generated from operation of hydrocarbon wells. The methods include obtaining the plurality of time-series datasets and displaying a vector map. The plurality of time-series datasets is generated from an operation of the hydrocarbon well and includes a first time-series dataset and a second time-series dataset, and optionally may include a third time-series dataset. The vector map includes a time axis and a plurality of points distributed along the time axis at a plurality of corresponding times. A color of each point of the plurality of points is defined in a plural-component color space and includes a first color component at a first intensity and a second color component at a second color component at a second intensity, and optionally a third color component at a third intensity when the plurality of time-series datasets includes a third time-series dataset.

Classes IPC  ?

  • G06F 16/26 - Exploration de données visuelles; Navigation dans des données structurées

75.

METHODS OF MONITORING A GEOMETRIC PROPERTY OF A HYDRAULIC FRACTURE WITHIN A SUBSURFACE REGION, WELLS THAT PERFORM THE METHODS, AND STORAGE MEDIA THAT DIRECT COMPUTING DEVICES TO PERFORM THE METHODS

      
Numéro d'application US2021026947
Numéro de publication 2021/252071
Statut Délivré - en vigueur
Date de dépôt 2021-04-13
Date de publication 2021-12-16
Propriétaire EXXONMOBIL UPSTREAM RESEARCH COMPANY (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Liang, Yueming
  • Bhargava, Peeyush
  • Guice, Kyle

Abrégé

Methods of monitoring a geometric property of a hydraulic fracture within a subsurface region, wells that perform the methods, and storage media that direct computing devices to perform the methods provided. The methods include repeatedly measuring, at a plurality of measurement times, fiber strain as a function of position along a length of an optical fiber. The optical fiber is positioned within a wellbore that extends within a subsurface region and the repeatedly measuring is performed during a change in the geometric property of the hydraulic fracture. For a given measurement time of the plurality of measurement times, the methods also include differentiating the fiber strain as the function of position to generate a strain differential as a function of position along the length of the optical fiber. The methods further include determining the geometric property of the hydraulic fracture based, at least in part, on the strain differential.

Classes IPC  ?

  • E21B 49/00 - Test pour déterminer la nature des parois des trous de forage; Essais de couches; Procédés ou appareils pour prélever des échantillons du terrain ou de fluides en provenance des puits, spécialement adaptés au forage du sol ou aux puits
  • E21B 43/26 - Procédés pour activer la production par formation de crevasses ou de fractures
  • E21B 47/00 - Relevés dans les trous de forage ou dans les puits

76.

MODELING METHODS FOR MINIMIZING GRID SENSITIVITY FOR NUMERICAL SIMULATION OF FRACTURE PROPAGATION

      
Numéro d'application US2021021666
Numéro de publication 2021/247114
Statut Délivré - en vigueur
Date de dépôt 2021-03-10
Date de publication 2021-12-09
Propriétaire EXXONMOBIL UPSTREAM RESEARCH COMPANY (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Dyadechko, Vadim
  • Valiveti, Dakshina, M.
  • Song, Ting

Abrégé

A computer-implemented geological modeling method is disclosed. Hydraulic fracturing includes pumping fluids through a wellbore/ casing and into a formation through perforations, creating fractures that can improve well productivity. Geological modeling may be used to model pumping of fluids into the subsurface to achieve a desired fracturing result. However, the grid used may affect the fracture propagation calculations used for geological modeling. Thus, a methodology is disclosed which reduces the grid dependence when determining various aspects of fracturing, such as pressure and/or aperture. The methodology uses a first correction factor that is based on the grid used to determine fracture propagation and a second correction factor that is not based on the grid used to determine fracture propagation (such as based on an ideal grid). In this way, the two correction factors are derived from different aspects, which when combined, may be used to reduce grid dependence.

Classes IPC  ?

  • G01V 99/00 - Matière non prévue dans les autres groupes de la présente sous-classe
  • E21B 43/26 - Procédés pour activer la production par formation de crevasses ou de fractures

77.

Methods of stimulating a hydrocarbon well

      
Numéro d'application 17227696
Numéro de brevet 11512572
Statut Délivré - en vigueur
Date de dépôt 2021-04-12
Date de la première publication 2021-12-02
Date d'octroi 2022-11-29
Propriétaire ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Thomas, James B.
  • Hehmeyer, Owen J.
  • Choi, Nancy H.
  • English, Erik N.
  • Grueschow, Eric R.

Abrégé

Methods of stimulating a hydrocarbon well are disclosed herein. The hydrocarbon well includes a wellbore that extends within a subterranean formation and a tubular that extends within the wellbore and defines a tubular conduit. The methods include retaining a sealing structure within the tubular conduit and, during the retaining, stimulating a zone of the subterranean formation. Subsequent to the stimulating, the methods include fluidly isolating the zone of the subterranean formation from the uphole region by at least partially sealing the plurality of perforations. Subsequent to the fluidly isolating, the methods include moving the sealing structure in a downhole direction within the tubular conduit. The methods also include repeating the retaining, the stimulating, the fluidly isolating, and the moving a plurality of times to stimulate a plurality of corresponding zones of the subterranean formation.

Classes IPC  ?

  • E21B 43/26 - Procédés pour activer la production par formation de crevasses ou de fractures
  • E21B 43/267 - Maintien de fractures par étaiement

78.

METHODOLOGY FOR LEARNING A SIMILARITY MEASURE BETWEEN GEOPHYSICAL OBJECTS

      
Numéro d'application 17303012
Statut En instance
Date de dépôt 2021-05-18
Date de la première publication 2021-12-02
Propriétaire ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Aharchaou, Mehdi
  • Matheney, Michael P.
  • Molyneux, Joe B.
  • Neumann, Erik R.

Abrégé

A method for learning and applying a similarity measure between geophysical objects is provided. Similarity measures may be used for a variety of geophysics applications, including inverse problems. For example, an inverse problem may seek to minimize or maximize an associated objective function, which summarizes the degree of similarity between observed data and simulated data. However, when comparing between two or more geophysical objects in the context of the inverse problem, it is difficult to determine whether the observed difference between the two or more geophysical objects is due to noise or intrinsic dissimilarity between the objects. In this regard, an application-specific similarity measure, which may be tailored to the specific application, such as the specific inverse problem, may be generated and applied in order to better solve the inverse problem.

Classes IPC  ?

  • G06K 9/62 - Méthodes ou dispositions pour la reconnaissance utilisant des moyens électroniques
  • G06N 20/00 - Apprentissage automatique
  • G06N 5/04 - Modèles d’inférence ou de raisonnement

79.

GEOLOGICAL REASONING WITH GRAPH NETWORKS FOR HYDROCARBON IDENTIFICATION

      
Numéro d'application US2021070418
Numéro de publication 2021/226612
Statut Délivré - en vigueur
Date de dépôt 2021-04-19
Date de publication 2021-11-11
Propriétaire EXXONMOBIL UPSTREAM RESEARCH COMPANY (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • De Waele, Stijn
  • Denli, Huseyin
  • Xu, Peng
  • Johns, Mary, K.

Abrégé

A method and apparatus for performing geological reasoning, A method includes: obtaining subsurface data for a subsurface region; obtaining a knowledge model; extracting a structured representation from the subsurface data using the knowledge model; and performing geological reasoning with a graph network based on the knowledge model and the structured representation. A method includes performing geological reasoning with a knowledge model that includes a set of geoscience rules or a geoscience ontology. A method includes performing geological reasoning with a structured representation that includes a graph. A method includes performing geological reasoning by one or more of the following: question answering; decision making; assigning ranking; and assessing probability.

Classes IPC  ?

  • G01V 1/34 - Représentation des enregistrements sismiques
  • G01V 99/00 - Matière non prévue dans les autres groupes de la présente sous-classe

80.

STRUCTURED REPRESENTATIONS OF SUBSURFACE FEATURES FOR HYDROCARBON SYSTEM AND GEOLOGICAL REASONING

      
Numéro d'application US2021070419
Numéro de publication 2021/226613
Statut Délivré - en vigueur
Date de dépôt 2021-04-19
Date de publication 2021-11-11
Propriétaire EXXONMOBIL UPSTREAM RESEARCH COMPANY (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Denli, Huseyin
  • De Waele, Stijn
  • Xu, Peng
  • Johns, Mary, K.

Abrégé

A method and apparatus for utilizing a structured representation of a subsurface region. A method includes obtaining subsurface data for the subsurface region; and extracting the structured representation from the seismic data by: identifying geologic and fluid objects in the seismic images, wherein each object corresponds to a node of the structured representation; and identifying relationships among the identified geologic and fluid objects, wherein each relationship corresponds to an edge of the structured representation. A method further includes determining object attributes, edge attributes, and/or global attributes from the subsurface data. A method further includes inferring information from the structured representation.

Classes IPC  ?

  • G01V 1/30 - Analyse
  • G01V 99/00 - Matière non prévue dans les autres groupes de la présente sous-classe
  • G01V 1/34 - Représentation des enregistrements sismiques

81.

FRAMEWORK FOR INTEGRATION OF GEO-INFORMATION EXTRACTION, GEO-REASONING AND GEOLOGIST-RESPONSIVE INQUIRIES

      
Numéro d'application US2021070420
Numéro de publication 2021/226614
Statut Délivré - en vigueur
Date de dépôt 2021-04-19
Date de publication 2021-11-11
Propriétaire EXXONMOBIL UPSTREAM RESEARCH COMPANY (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Xu, Peng
  • Denli, Huseyin
  • De Waele, Stijn
  • Johns, Mary K.

Abrégé

A computer-implemented method for analyzing geophysical data is disclosed. Interpretation of geophysical data, such as seismic data, can be performed in multiple stages, such as at an information extraction stage and an information analysis stage. Typically, the information analysis stage is performed by geologists or interpreters, which may be laborious and inconsistent. The disclosed method includes using an information extractor that extracts information indicative of geo-features in a subsurface and an inference engine that analyzes the information indicative of geo-features in a subsurface to generate an output, with the information extractor and the inference engine being integrated and acting in combination. For example, the information extractor may generate summaries of the geo-features or answers to questions. In this way, the information extractor and the inference engine in combination may act synergistically, such as in the context of reasoning, natural language processing, and the outputs generated.

Classes IPC  ?

  • G01V 1/30 - Analyse
  • G01V 3/38 - Traitement de données, p.ex. pour l'analyse, pour l'interprétation ou pour la correction
  • G06N 5/04 - Modèles d’inférence ou de raisonnement

82.

Chelating acid blends for stimulation of a subterranean formation, methods of utilizing the chelating acid blends, and hydrocarbon wells that include the chelating acid blends

      
Numéro d'application 17166053
Numéro de brevet 11459501
Statut Délivré - en vigueur
Date de dépôt 2021-02-03
Date de la première publication 2021-10-21
Date d'octroi 2022-10-04
Propriétaire ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Lo Cascio, Mauro
  • Entchev, Pavlin B.
  • Hall, Timothy J.
  • Spiecker, P. Matthew

Abrégé

Chelating acid blends for stimulation of a subterranean formation, methods of utilizing the chelating acid blends, and hydrocarbon wells that include the chelating acid blends are disclosed herein. The chelating acid blends include an acid mixture and a chelating agent or set of chelating agents. The acid mixture includes hydrochloric acid and hydrofluoric acid. The methods include providing the chelating acid blends to a wellbore of a hydrocarbon well, flowing the chelating acid blends into a subterranean formation, dissolving a fraction of a formation mineralogy of the subterranean formation with the acid mixture, and chelating poly-valent metal ions with the chelating agent. The hydrocarbon wells include a wellbore that extends within a subterranean formation, a downhole tubular that extends within the wellbore, a fracture that extends into the subterranean formation, and a chelating acid blend positioned within the fracture.

Classes IPC  ?

  • E21B 43/27 - Procédés pour activer la production par formation de crevasses ou de fractures par emploi de produits chimiques érosifs, p.ex. d'acides
  • C09K 8/74 - Produits chimiques érosifs, p.ex. acides combinés avec des additifs ajoutés à des fins spécifiques

83.

LOCK MANDREL WITH SPRING-LOADED LOCKING COLLAR

      
Numéro d'application US2021021644
Numéro de publication 2021/211230
Statut Délivré - en vigueur
Date de dépôt 2021-03-10
Date de publication 2021-10-21
Propriétaire EXXONMOBIL UPSTREAM RESEARCH COMPANY (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Romer, Michael, C.
  • Ortiz, Santos
  • King, George

Abrégé

A lock mandrel is described herein. The lock mandrel includes an upper connector and a lower connector. The upper connector includes locking keys configured to attach the lock mandrel to a landing nipple on a tubing within a hydrocarbon well. The upper connector also includes a spring-loaded locking collar configured to prevent the locking keys from disengaging from the landing nipple by pressing radially against the locking keys from the inside when in a seated position, and allow the locking keys to disengage from the landing nipple by retracting away from the locking keys when in an unseated position. The lower connector includes a tool adaptor configured to attach a downhole tool to the lock mandrel.

Classes IPC  ?

  • E21B 23/02 - Appareils pour déplacer, mettre en place, verrouiller, libérer ou retirer, les outils, les packers ou autres éléments dans les trous de forage pour verrouiller les outils ou autres éléments sur des supports ou dans des retraits entre sections adjacentes du tubage

84.

Lock mandrel with spring-loaded locking collar

      
Numéro d'application 17197385
Numéro de brevet 11414941
Statut Délivré - en vigueur
Date de dépôt 2021-03-10
Date de la première publication 2021-10-14
Date d'octroi 2022-08-16
Propriétaire ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Romer, Michael C.
  • Ortiz, Santos
  • King, George

Abrégé

A lock mandrel is described herein. The lock mandrel includes an upper connector and a lower connector. The upper connector includes locking keys configured to attach the lock mandrel to a landing nipple on a tubing within a hydrocarbon well. The upper connector also includes a spring-loaded locking collar configured to prevent the locking keys from disengaging from the landing nipple by pressing radially against the locking keys from the inside when in a seated position, and allow the locking keys to disengage from the landing nipple by retracting away from the locking keys when in an unseated position. The lower connector includes a tool adaptor configured to attach a downhole tool to the lock mandrel.

Classes IPC  ?

  • E21B 23/03 - Appareils pour déplacer, mettre en place, verrouiller, libérer ou retirer, les outils, les packers ou autres éléments dans les trous de forage pour mettre en place des outils sur les supports ou dans les retraits ou poches excentrées ou pour les en retirer
  • E21B 4/06 - Moyens de percussion mis en œuvre au fond du trou, p.ex. marteaux
  • E21B 23/01 - Appareils pour déplacer, mettre en place, verrouiller, libérer ou retirer, les outils, les packers ou autres éléments dans les trous de forage pour ancrer les outils ou similaires
  • E21B 23/02 - Appareils pour déplacer, mettre en place, verrouiller, libérer ou retirer, les outils, les packers ou autres éléments dans les trous de forage pour verrouiller les outils ou autres éléments sur des supports ou dans des retraits entre sections adjacentes du tubage
  • E21B 43/12 - Procédés ou appareils pour commander l'écoulement du fluide extrait vers ou dans les puits

85.

CASING ATTACHMENT SYSTEM FOR ATTENUATING ANNULAR PRESSURE BUILDUP

      
Numéro d'application US2021025499
Numéro de publication 2021/207011
Statut Délivré - en vigueur
Date de dépôt 2021-04-02
Date de publication 2021-10-14
Propriétaire EXXONMOBIL UPSTREAM RESEARCH COMPANY (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Petersen, Thomas, A.
  • Datta, Sudhin
  • White, Spencer, A.
  • Veselka, Andy, J.
  • Morris, William, C.
  • Narhi, Ward, E.

Abrégé

A method of attenuating annular pressure buildup within a wellbore. The method includes running first and second strings of casing into a wellbore, wherein the first string of casing surrounds an upper portion of the second string of casing forming an annular region. The method also includes providing a packing of compressible material within the annular region. The compressible material comprises a plurality of carbonaceous particles. The particles may reside within a porous sleeve or filter, or they may be packed together in a matrix using a cross- linked polymer or binder. The packing is fixed at a selected depth within the annular region, and is designed so that the compressible material absorbs pressure in response to thermal expansion of wellbore fluids during the production of hydrocarbon fluids from the wellbore. The method further includes placing a wellhead over the wellbore, thereby forming a trapped annulus in the wellbore over the annular region.

Classes IPC  ?

  • E21B 41/00 - Matériel ou accessoires non couverts par les groupes
  • E21B 43/00 - Procédés ou dispositifs pour l'extraction de pétrole, de gaz, d'eau ou de matériaux solubles ou fusibles ou d'une suspension de matières minérales à partir de puits

86.

Self-destructible frac ball enclosed within a destructible ball retainer

      
Numéro d'application 17207937
Numéro de brevet 11555378
Statut Délivré - en vigueur
Date de dépôt 2021-03-22
Date de la première publication 2021-10-14
Date d'octroi 2023-01-17
Propriétaire ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Romer, Michael C.
  • Hall, Timothy J.

Abrégé

A self-destructible frac ball is described herein. The self-destructible frac ball is configured to seal a hydraulic flow path through a fluid conduit of a frac plug when engaged on a ball seat of the frac plug. The self-destructible frac ball includes an activation mechanism configured to activate a destructive medium in response to the satisfaction of at least one predetermined condition. The self-destructible frac ball also includes the destructive medium, which is configured to destroy the self-destructible frac ball and a corresponding destructible ball retainer when activated by the activation mechanism. The destruction of the self-destructible frac ball and the corresponding destructible ball retainer reestablishes the hydraulic flow path through the fluid conduit of the frac plug.

Classes IPC  ?

  • E21B 29/00 - Découpage ou destruction de tubes, packers, bouchons ou câbles, situés dans les trous de forage ou dans les puits, p.ex. découpage de tubes endommagés, de fenêtres; Déformation des tubes dans les trous de forage; Remise en état des tubages de puits sans les retirer du sol
  • E21B 33/128 - Packers; Bouchons avec un organe dilaté radialement par pression axiale
  • E21B 34/14 - Aménagements des vannes pour les trous de forage ou pour les puits dans les puits actionnés par le mouvement des outils, p.ex. obturateurs à manchons actionnés par des pistons ou par des outils à câble
  • E21B 34/06 - Aménagements des vannes pour les trous de forage ou pour les puits dans les puits
  • E21B 33/13 - Procédés ou dispositifs de cimentation, de bouchage des trous, des fissures ou analogues
  • E21B 43/26 - Procédés pour activer la production par formation de crevasses ou de fractures
  • E21B 47/06 - Mesure de la température ou de la pression
  • E21B 33/124 - Unités à bouchons espacés longitudinalement pour isoler les espaces intermédiaires

87.

Assessing wellbore characteristics using high frequency tube waves

      
Numéro d'application 17166045
Numéro de brevet 11560792
Statut Délivré - en vigueur
Date de dépôt 2021-02-03
Date de la première publication 2021-09-30
Date d'octroi 2023-01-24
Propriétaire ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Zhang, Yibing
  • Deckman, Harry W.
  • Benish, Timothy G.
  • Gordon, Peter A.

Abrégé

A hydrocarbon well includes a wellbore with a surface casing string that couples the wellbore to a wellhead located at the surface and a production casing string that extends through a reservoir within the subsurface. A fluid column is present within the wellbore. The hydrocarbon well also includes a high-frequency tube wave generator that is hydraulically coupled to the wellbore and is configured to generate high-frequency tube waves that propagate within the fluid column. The high-frequency tube waves include a selected waveform containing a specific bandwidth of high-frequency components. The hydrocarbon well further includes a receiver that is hydraulically coupled to the wellbore and is configured to record data corresponding to the generated and reflected high-frequency tube waves propagating within the fluid column, wherein the recorded data relate to characteristics of the wellbore. Moreover, such techniques may also be applied to a pipeline.

Classes IPC  ?

  • E21B 47/16 - Moyens pour la transmission de signaux de mesure ou signaux de commande du puits vers la surface, ou de la surface vers le puits, p.ex. pour la diagraphie pendant le forage utilisant des ondes acoustiques le long du train de tiges ou du tubage
  • E21B 43/26 - Procédés pour activer la production par formation de crevasses ou de fractures

88.

Method for attenuation compensation utilizing non-stationary matching filters

      
Numéro d'application 17247527
Numéro de brevet 11231514
Statut Délivré - en vigueur
Date de dépôt 2020-12-15
Date de la première publication 2021-09-30
Date d'octroi 2022-01-25
Propriétaire ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Tan, Sirui
  • Sun, Junzhe

Abrégé

A method and apparatus for generating attenuation-compensated images of subsurface region, including: computing an image of the region utilizing elastic wave propagation, based on field data and subsurface model; generating forward-modeled data utilizing forward viscoelastic wave propagation, based on the image; computing secondary image by migration; computing NMF based on the images; and applying the NMF to the image to generate the attenuation-compensated image. A method and apparatus includes: iteratively computing attenuation-compensated gradient of the region utilizing an elastic wave propagation operator in the back-propagation and a viscoelastic wave propagation operator in the forward modelling, based on field data and subsurface model; computing search direction based on the attenuation-compensated gradient, searching for an improved model, and checking the improved model for convergence.

Classes IPC  ?

  • G01V 1/28 - Traitement des données sismiques, p.ex. pour analyse, pour interprétation, pour correction
  • G01V 1/34 - Représentation des enregistrements sismiques

89.

Method for Generating Initial Models For Least Squares Migration Using Deep Neural Networks

      
Numéro d'application 17247608
Statut En instance
Date de dépôt 2020-12-17
Date de la première publication 2021-08-26
Propriétaire ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Kaur, Harpreet
  • Sun, Junzhe
  • Aharchaou, Mehdi

Abrégé

A method and apparatus for generating a high-resolution seismic image, including extracting a reflectivity distribution from a geological model; utilizing the reflectivity distribution to label features of the model; generating forward-modeled data from the model; migrating the forward-modeled data to create a migrated image; and training a deep neural network with the labeled synthetic geological model and the migrated image to create a reflectivity prediction network. A method and apparatus includes: selecting a first subset of the field data; applying a low-pass filter to the first subset to generate a first filtered dataset; migrating the first filtered dataset to create a first migrated image; applying a high-pass filter to the first subset to generate a second filtered dataset; migrating the second filtered dataset to create a second migrated image; and training a deep neural network to predict a target distribution of high-frequency signal.

Classes IPC  ?

  • E21B 43/16 - Procédés de récupération assistée pour l'extraction d'hydrocarbures
  • G01V 1/30 - Analyse
  • G01V 99/00 - Matière non prévue dans les autres groupes de la présente sous-classe
  • G06N 3/08 - Méthodes d'apprentissage

90.

Method and System for Performing Communications During Cementing Operations

      
Numéro d'application 17242422
Statut En instance
Date de dépôt 2021-04-28
Date de la première publication 2021-08-12
Propriétaire ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Kent, David K.
  • Yi, Xiaohua

Abrégé

A method and system are described for communicating within a system, which may be along tubular members and used during cementing installation operations. The method includes constructing a communication network and installing the communication nodes along a wellbore. The communication nodes are used to monitor the fluids adjacent to the communication nodes during the cementing installation operations. Once the cement is installed, the cementing installation operations may be used for hydrocarbon operations, such as hydrocarbon exploration, hydrocarbon development, and/or hydrocarbon production.

Classes IPC  ?

  • E21B 47/005 - Surveillance ou contrôle de la qualité ou du niveau de cimentation
  • E21B 33/13 - Procédés ou dispositifs de cimentation, de bouchage des trous, des fissures ou analogues
  • E21B 33/14 - Procédés ou dispositifs de cimentation, de bouchage des trous, des fissures ou analogues pour la cimentation des tubes dans les trous de forage ou de sondage
  • E21B 47/16 - Moyens pour la transmission de signaux de mesure ou signaux de commande du puits vers la surface, ou de la surface vers le puits, p.ex. pour la diagraphie pendant le forage utilisant des ondes acoustiques le long du train de tiges ou du tubage
  • E21B 47/18 - Moyens pour la transmission de signaux de mesure ou signaux de commande du puits vers la surface, ou de la surface vers le puits, p.ex. pour la diagraphie pendant le forage utilisant des ondes acoustiques à travers le fluide du puits

91.

Discontinuous Interpolation Using Continuous Formulation, C1 or C0 FEM Discretization, and Scalable Solver

      
Numéro d'application 17248470
Statut En instance
Date de dépôt 2021-01-26
Date de la première publication 2021-08-05
Propriétaire ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company (USA)
Inventeur(s) Akcelik, Volkan

Abrégé

A methodology for discontinuous smooth interpolation in order to generate a curve of a discontinuous volume due to one or more faults in a subsurface is disclosed. Faults in a subsurface result in discontinuities in the subsurface. Hydrocarbon management may seek to determine various surfaces in the subsurface, including across the faults in the subsurface. To generate the various surfaces, a continuous formulation of the interpolation method is followed in which discontinuous smooth interpolation is viewed as a variational optimization problem (such as an energy optimization problem) for the surface curvature function. In this way, the methodology does not require that the input data be located at grid points and discretized with a structured regular grid. Rather, because a continuous function is used, an unstructured grid may also be used to discretize the resulting equation.

Classes IPC  ?

  • G06F 30/23 - Optimisation, vérification ou simulation de l’objet conçu utilisant les méthodes des éléments finis [MEF] ou les méthodes à différences finies [MDF]
  • G06F 17/17 - Opérations mathématiques complexes Évaluation de fonctions par des procédés d'approximation, p.ex. par interpolation ou extrapolation, par lissage ou par le procédé des moindres carrés
  • G06F 17/11 - Opérations mathématiques complexes pour la résolution d'équations

92.

Method for Approximating An Inverse Hessian Using Non-Stationary Regression

      
Numéro d'application 17247503
Statut En instance
Date de dépôt 2020-12-14
Date de la première publication 2021-07-22
Propriétaire ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Sun, Junzhe
  • Brytik, Valeriy V.
  • Zhang, Lingxiao
  • Neumann, Erik R.

Abrégé

A method for approximating an inverse Hessian is provided. One methodology to generate the inverse Hessian is to precondition the gradient, such as by using point-spread function deconvolution, T-power, or source-illumination compensation, prior to using non-stationary matching filters (NMF) to generate the inverse Hessian. Various types of NMF are contemplated, including using filters for different windows in the subsurface or using filters assigned to specific locations in the subsurface. Further, the number of filters for NMF may vary from iteration to iteration. For example, the filters assigned to the specific locations in the subsurface may be generated in a multi-scale manner, in which an initial iteration uses longer scale/longer wavelength features for inversion and subsequent iterations use finer scale/smaller wavelength features for inversion.

Classes IPC  ?

  • G01V 1/28 - Traitement des données sismiques, p.ex. pour analyse, pour interprétation, pour correction
  • G01V 1/36 - Exécution de corrections statiques ou dynamiques sur des enregistrements, p.ex. correction de l'étalement; Etablissement d'une corrélation entre signaux sismiques; Elimination des effets produits par un excès d'énergie
  • G06F 30/20 - Optimisation, vérification ou simulation de l’objet conçu

93.

Bandwith Extension of Geophysical Data

      
Numéro d'application 17247501
Statut En instance
Date de dépôt 2020-12-14
Date de la première publication 2021-07-15
Propriétaire ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Aharchaou, Mehdi
  • Baumstein, Anatoly
  • Sun, Junzhe
  • Lu, Rongrong
  • Neumann, Erik

Abrégé

A methodology for extending bandwidth of geophysical data is disclosed. Geophysical data, obtained via a towed streamer, may have significant noise in a certain band (such as less than 4 Hz), rendering the data in the certain band unreliable. To remedy this, geophysical data, from a band that is reliable, may be extended to the certain band, resulting in bandwidth extension. One manner of bandwidth extension comprises using machine learning to generate a machine learning model. Specifically, because bandwidth may be viewed as a sequence, machine learning configured to identify sequences, such as recurrent neural networks, may be used to generate the machine learning model. In particular, machine learning may use a training dataset acquired via ocean bottom nodes in order to generate the machine learning model. After which, the machine learning model may be used to extend the bandwidth of a test dataset acquired via a towed streamer.

Classes IPC  ?

  • G01V 1/30 - Analyse
  • G06N 3/08 - Méthodes d'apprentissage
  • G06N 3/04 - Architecture, p.ex. topologie d'interconnexion
  • G01V 1/38 - Séismologie; Prospection ou détection sismique ou acoustique spécialement adaptées aux zones recouvertes d'eau
  • G01V 1/34 - Représentation des enregistrements sismiques
  • E21B 49/00 - Test pour déterminer la nature des parois des trous de forage; Essais de couches; Procédés ou appareils pour prélever des échantillons du terrain ou de fluides en provenance des puits, spécialement adaptés au forage du sol ou aux puits
  • E21B 47/002 - Relevés dans les trous de forage ou dans les puits par inspection visuelle

94.

Downhole completion assemblies and methods of completing a hydrocarbon well

      
Numéro d'application 17087708
Numéro de brevet 11268358
Statut Délivré - en vigueur
Date de dépôt 2020-11-03
Date de la première publication 2021-06-24
Date d'octroi 2022-03-08
Propriétaire ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Jabari, Rami
  • Spiecker, P. Matthew
  • Romer, Michael C.
  • Hecker, Michael T.
  • Hall, Timothy J.

Abrégé

Methods include positioning a downhole completion assembly in a tubular conduit of a downhole tubular of a hydrocarbon well. The downhole completion assembly includes a downhole sub-assembly and an uphole sub-assembly. The methods also include forming a fluid seal within the tubular conduit with the downhole sub-assembly, decoupling the uphole sub-assembly from the downhole sub-assembly, translating the uphole sub-assembly in an uphole direction, perforating the downhole tubular with the uphole sub-assembly, translating the uphole sub-assembly in a downhole direction, coupling the uphole sub-assembly to the downhole sub-assembly, ceasing the fluid seal, and translating the downhole completion assembly in the uphole direction.

Classes IPC  ?

  • E21B 43/117 - Perforateurs à charge profilée
  • E21B 43/119 - Perforateurs; Perméators - Parties constitutives, p.ex. pour localiser l'emplacement ou la direction de la perforation
  • E21B 43/14 - Extraction d'un puits à horizons multiples
  • E21B 47/13 - Moyens pour la transmission de signaux de mesure ou signaux de commande du puits vers la surface, ou de la surface vers le puits, p.ex. pour la diagraphie pendant le forage par énergie électromagnétique, p.ex. gammes de fréquence radio

95.

HIERARCHICAL BUILDING AND CONDITIONING OF GEOLOGICAL MODELS WITH MACHINE LEARNING PARAMETERIZED TEMPLATES AND METHODS FOR USING THE SAME

      
Numéro d'application US2020070747
Numéro de publication 2021/127670
Statut Délivré - en vigueur
Date de dépôt 2020-11-04
Date de publication 2021-06-24
Propriétaire EXXONMOBIL UPSTREAM RESEARCH COMPANY (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Forouzanfar, Fahim
  • Cheng, Mulin
  • Imhof, Matthias
  • Sain, Ratnanabha
  • Harris, Matthew, W.
  • El-Bakry, Amr S.
  • Wu, Xiao-Hui

Abrégé

A hierarchical conditioning methodology for building and conditioning a geological model is disclosed. In particular, the hierarchical conditioning may include separate levels of conditioning of template instances using larger-scale data (such as conditioning using large-scale data and conditioning using medium-scale data) and using smaller-scale data (such as fine-scale data). Further, one or more templates, to be instantiated to generate the geological bodies in the model, may be selected from currently available templates and/or machine-learned templates. For example, the templates may be generated using unsupervised or supervised learning to re-parameterize the functional form parameters, or may be generated using statistical generative modeling.

Classes IPC  ?

  • G01V 99/00 - Matière non prévue dans les autres groupes de la présente sous-classe
  • G01V 1/50 - Analyse des données

96.

Downhole production fluid fractionation system

      
Numéro d'application 17077910
Numéro de brevet 11506042
Statut Délivré - en vigueur
Date de dépôt 2020-10-22
Date de la première publication 2021-06-17
Date d'octroi 2022-11-22
Propriétaire ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Lo Cascio, Mauro
  • Troshko, Andrey A.
  • Hecker, Michael T.
  • Jackson, Matthew S.
  • Stojkovic, Dragan

Abrégé

An oil-water fractionation system is positioned within a wellbore on a subsurface end of a production tubing proximate to a production region. The fractionation system includes a permeable hydrophobic media for preferentially conveying an oil-enriched stream (reduced water-cut presence) from the production region into the production tubing, and a permeable oleophobic media for preferentially conveying a water-enriched stream (reduced oil-cut presence) into a second flow path. The permeable hydrophobic media and the permeable oleophobic media are in simultaneous hydraulic communication with the production region. The permeable hydrophobic media is manufactured with a relatively high effective permeability to oil, allowing the oil-enriched stream to flow through the permeable hydrophobic media into the production tubing. In contrast, the permeable oleophobic media is manufactured with a relatively high effective permeability to water, allowing the water-enriched stream to flow through the permeable oleophobic media into the second flow path.

Classes IPC  ?

  • E21B 43/38 - Aménagements pour séparer les matériaux produits par le puits dans le puits
  • E21B 33/124 - Unités à bouchons espacés longitudinalement pour isoler les espaces intermédiaires

97.

SEMI-ELIMINATION METHODOLOGY FOR SIMULATING HIGH FLOW FEATURES IN A RESERVOIR

      
Numéro d'application US2020058652
Numéro de publication 2021/118714
Statut Délivré - en vigueur
Date de dépôt 2020-11-03
Date de publication 2021-06-17
Propriétaire EXXONMOBIL UPSTREAM RESEARCH COMPANY (USA)
Inventeur(s) Yang, Yahan

Abrégé

A semi-elimination methodology for simulating high flow features in a reservoir and wells is disclosed. The reservoir and wells may be divided into a plurality of cells, including small cells in wells and the reservoir and bulk cells in the bulk of the reservoir, where the small cells are smaller (e.g., by pore volume) than the bulk cells. Processing of all of the cells, including all of the small cells, may be too computationally expensive, particularly when processing is iterative. In that regard, at least some of the small cells are partly processed in an iteration, such as for flow rates, compositions, or flow derivatives. After which, some or all of the small cells are eliminated from further processing in the iteration. In that way, high flow features in a reservoir and wells may be simulated effectively.

Classes IPC  ?

  • E21B 41/00 - Matériel ou accessoires non couverts par les groupes
  • G01V 99/00 - Matière non prévue dans les autres groupes de la présente sous-classe

98.

Semi-Elimination Methodology for Simulating High Flow Features in a Reservoir

      
Numéro d'application 17087948
Statut En instance
Date de dépôt 2020-11-03
Date de la première publication 2021-06-17
Propriétaire ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company (USA)
Inventeur(s) Yang, Yahan

Abrégé

A semi-elimination methodology for simulating high flow features in a reservoir and wells is disclosed. The reservoir and wells may be divided into a plurality of cells, including small cells in wells and the reservoir and bulk cells in the bulk of the reservoir, where the small cells are smaller (e.g., by pore volume) than the bulk cells. Processing of all of the cells, including all of the small cells, may be too computationally expensive, particularly when processing is iterative. In that regard, at least some of the small cells are partly processed in an iteration, such as for flow rates, compositions, or flow derivatives. After which, some or all of the small cells are eliminated from further processing in the iteration. In that way, high flow features in a reservoir and wells may be simulated effectively.

Classes IPC  ?

  • G06F 30/28 - Optimisation, vérification ou simulation de l’objet conçu utilisant la dynamique des fluides, p.ex. les équations de Navier-Stokes ou la dynamique des fluides numérique [DFN]

99.

Engineered production liner for a hydrocarbon well

      
Numéro d'application 17027956
Numéro de brevet 11346181
Statut Délivré - en vigueur
Date de dépôt 2020-09-22
Date de la première publication 2021-06-03
Date d'octroi 2022-05-31
Propriétaire ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company (USA)
Inventeur(s) Morrow, Timothy I.

Abrégé

Techniques described herein relate to a well completion including an engineered production liner extending into a reservoir. The engineered production liner includes limited-entry liner (LEL) valves configured to open to allow an acid solution to jet into the reservoir during an acid stimulation process, and close to prevent production fluid from flowing through the LEL valves when the well completion is put into production. The engineered production liner also includes pre-packed chemically-infused material (CIM) cartridges including production chemicals, and openings that align with the pre-packed CIM cartridges. The openings are plugged during the acid stimulation process to force the acid solution to flow through the LEL valves. The pre-packed CIM cartridges and the openings are configured to allow the production fluid to absorb a portion of the production chemicals as it flows from the reservoir into the engineered production liner when the well completion is put into production.

Classes IPC  ?

  • E21B 34/10 - Aménagements des vannes pour les trous de forage ou pour les puits dans les puits actionnés par un fluide de commande provenant de l'extérieur du trou de forage
  • E21B 43/08 - Tubes filtres ou crépines
  • E21B 34/06 - Aménagements des vannes pour les trous de forage ou pour les puits dans les puits
  • E21B 43/27 - Procédés pour activer la production par formation de crevasses ou de fractures par emploi de produits chimiques érosifs, p.ex. d'acides

100.

MACHINE ANALYSIS OF HYDROCARBON STUDIES

      
Numéro d'application US2020070746
Numéro de publication 2021/097474
Statut Délivré - en vigueur
Date de dépôt 2020-11-04
Date de publication 2021-05-20
Propriétaire EXXONMOBIL UPSTREAM RESEARCH COMPANY (USA)
Inventeur(s)
  • Furlaneto, Dennis C.
  • Johnsgard, Scott K.
  • Hughes, Brian D.
  • Fillault, Pierre

Abrégé

Aspects of the technology described herein make legacy hydrocarbon studies accessible to modern computer analysis. Whatever the initial format, the technology described herein analyzes the studies to identify characteristics that are interesting to people who study hydrocarbon environments. As an initial process, various segments within a hydrocarbon study received by the technology described herein are identified. The various segments can include text, maps, charts, and tables. Within each of these segments, specific types of text segments, maps, charts, and tables may be identified. For each segment identified, characteristics of interest may be determined through analysis of the segment. In one aspect, segment-specific analysis is performed on each type of segment. Different technologies may be used for different segments. Once the characteristics are identified, they may be stored in association with both the overall document and with a segment of the document from which the characteristic of interest was extracted.

Classes IPC  ?

  • G06K 9/00 - Méthodes ou dispositions pour la lecture ou la reconnaissance de caractères imprimés ou écrits ou pour la reconnaissance de formes, p.ex. d'empreintes digitales
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