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Flexible dynamic riser for subsea well intervention

A flexible dynamic riser comprising: a riser; a coil tubing disposed within the riser, wherein the riser and the coil tubing define an annulus; and a packing material disposed within the annulus.. . ... Shell Oil Company

Process for preparing a grease

The invention provides for a process for preparing a lubricating grease. The process can be carried out in the presence of a base oil and avoids the use of diisocyanate reagents.. ... Shell Oil Company

Electromechanically operated fuel nozzle

An electromechanically operated fuel nozzle having at least four flow rate settings including maximum flow, minimum flow, and a plurality of intermediate flows. The fuel nozzle includes a plurality of solenoid valves, each configured to, upon actuation, permit a predetermined portion of the maximum flow through a fuel-dispensing pipe. ... Shell Oil Company

Separator column

Separator column (1) with at least one demister, such as a swirl deck (17), crossing the flow path, and a coalescer deck (7) crossing the flow path upstream the demister. The coalescer deck carries at least one coalescer (8) comprising an uninterrupted coalescer tube (9) with an upstream open end (11), a downstream open end (12), and a swirler (13) between the two open ends. ... Shell Oil Company

Method and system for processing a liquid natural gas stream at a lng import terminal

The invention relates to a of processing a liquid natural gas stream at a lng import terminal. The method comprises operating a vaporization unit obtaining a pressurized vaporized natural gas stream and operating a slushification unit to obtain a slush of liquid and solids and a cooled vapour phase. ... Shell Oil Company

Method and apparatus for partially solidifying a methane comprising stream

The invention relates to a method and apparatus for partially solidifying a methane comprising stream. The method comprises—providing a liquid methane comprising stream (30) at a first pressure (p1),—passing the liquid methane comprising stream (30) to a slush vessel (300) which is kept at a second pressure (p2), the second pressure (p2) being lower than the first pressure (p1), thereby cooling and at least partially solidifying the methane comprising stream (30) generating a methane comprising slush, and—collecting the methane comprising slush.. ... Shell Oil Company

Process for recovering methane from a gas stream comprising methane and ethylene

The invention relates to a process for recovering methane from a gas stream comprising methane and ethylene, comprising: a sorption step which comprises contacting the gas stream comprising methane and ethylene with a sorption agent which has a lower affinity for methane than for ethylene, wherein the gas stream comprising methane and ethylene also comprises a compound for which the sorption agent has a lower affinity than for methane and ethylene, resulting in sorption of ethylene and methane by the sorption agent and in a gas stream comprising the compound for which the sorption agent has a lower affinity than for methane and ethylene; a first desorption step which comprises desorbing part of the sorbed methane resulting in a gas stream comprising methane in an amount of 1 to 99.9% based on the amount of methane in the gas stream that is subjected to the sorption step; and a second desorption step which comprises desorbing sorbed compounds resulting in a gas stream comprising the desorbed compounds.. . ... Shell Oil Company

Process for the oxidative coupling of methane

The invention relates to a process for the oxidative coupling of methane comprising converting methane to one or more c2+ hydrocarbons in a reactor, wherein said process comprises contacting a reactor feed comprising methane and oxygen with a catalyst composition and wherein the linear gas velocity of said reactor feed in the region above the catalyst bed is at least 0.6 m/s, the linear gas velocity through the catalyst bed is at least 0.6 m/s and the partial pressure of oxygen in the reactor is greater than 0.08 mpa.. . ... Shell Oil Company

Method and system for cooling and separating a hydrocarbon stream

The present invention relates to a method of cooling and separating a hydrocarbon stream: (a) passing an hydrocarbon feed stream (7) through a first cooling and separation stage to provide a methane enriched vapour overhead stream (110) and a methane depleted liquid stream (10); (b) passing the methane depleted liquid stream (10) to a fractionation column (200) to obtain a bottom condensate stream (210), a top stream enriched in c1-c2 (220) and a midstream enriched in c3-c4 (230), (c) cooling the upper part of the fractionation column (201) by a condenser (206), (d) obtaining a split stream (112) from the methane enriched vapour overhead stream (110) and obtaining a cooled split stream (112′) by expansion-cooling the split stream (112), (e) providing cooling duty to the top of the fractionation column (201) using the cooled split stream (112′).. . ... Shell Oil Company

Expansion assembly, top anchor and method for expanding a tubular in a wellbore

An expansion assembly for expanding a tubular in a wellbore, the expansion assembly including a top anchor comprising: a workstring; a pusher ring being coupled to the workstring by a first releasable coupling; a ramp body having one or more ramp surfaces, said ramp body being releasably coupled to the workstring by a second releasable coupling; one or more anchor segments each having one or more wedge surfaces corresponding to and engaging the ramp surfaces of the ramp body, one end of the segments engaging the pusher ring; a release ring enclosing the workstring and arranged at an opposite end of the segments; one or more key merlons connecting the release ring to the pusher ring; and activating means for releasing the first releasable coupling.. . ... Shell Oil Company

Method and system for surplus expansion of a bell section at a lower end of an expanded tubular

A method for expanding a lower bell section of an expandable tubular to a larger diameter than upper parts thereof utilizes an expandable bell cone (1) with circumferentially spaced segments (2) that expand in response to axial force and automatically retract in response to removal of the axial force, wherein gaps (a) are present between the expanded segments (2) and the tailends (2a) at the gauge of the segments are slightly skewed to mitigate the effect of the gaps (a) on the flattening of the expanded bell sections between the segments (2).. . ... Shell Oil Company

Method and system for sealing an annulur space around an expanded well tubular

An annular space surrounding an expandable well tubular (1) is sealed by: —a concave seal pusher assembly (5) with concave pusher elements comprising buckling joints (7) of which assembly (5) a first end is secured at a selected first location (2) of the outer surface of the unexpanded well tubular (1); —an annular elastomeric sealing ring (9) arranged with an inwardly tapered first end thereof against an outwardly tapered second end (8) of the concave seal pusher assembly (5); —a set of staggered and overlapping steel support strips (11) arranged around a second end of the sealing ring (9) and connected at one end thereof to a selected second location (3) of the outer surface of the unexpanded tubular (1); —expanding and thereby shortening the tubular (1) to push the inwardly tapered end of the sealing ring over the outwardly tapered end (8) of the seal pusher assembly (5) and buckling the staggered strips (11) against the outer surface (12) of the annular space surrounding the expanded tubular (1) to compress the sealing ring (9) and seal off the annular space.. . ... Shell Oil Company

Method for start-up and operation of a fischer-tropsch reactor

The invention relates to a method for start-up and operation of a fischer-tropsch reactor comprising the steps of: (a) providing a reactor with a fixed bed of reduced fischer-tropsch catalyst that comprises cobalt as catalytically active metal; (b) supplying a gaseous feed stream comprising carbon monoxide and hydrogen to the reactor, wherein the gaseous feed stream comprises a nitrogen-containing compound other than molecular nitrogen in an initial concentration, wherein the initial concentration in the range of from 10 to 350 ppbv based on the volume of the gaseous feed stream; (c) converting carbon monoxide and hydrogen supplied with the gaseous feed stream to the reactor into hydrocarbons at a reaction temperature and at a set reactor productivity, whilst maintaining the initial concentration of the nitrogen-containing compound and maintaining the set reactor productivity during a first time period by adjusting the reaction temperature; (d) decreasing the concentration of the nitrogen- containing compound to a second concentration in the range of from 0 to 20 ppbv, wherein the second concentration is at least 5 ppbv below the initial concentration, preferably at least 20 ppbv below the initial concentration, and maintaining the reactor productivity by adjusting the reaction temperature.. . ... Shell Oil Company

Apparatus and method for reactive distillation for waste water treatment

The present invention relates to a method for treating a waste water stream. Said waste water comprises hydrocarbons and oxygenates such as alcohols, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids, and has a cod of up to 5 wt %. ... Shell Oil Company

07/12/18 / #20180193823

Catalyst for producing hydrocarbons

A hydropyrolysis catalyst and a process using that catalyst are described. The catalyst comprises a support and an active metal component wherein the catalyst is an eggshell type catalyst having the active metal component located in the outer portion of the support.. ... Shell Oil Company

07/05/18 / #20180187529

Expanding well tubulars interconnected by pin-box assemblies optimized for expansion

. . A pin-box well tubular connector assembly having pin and box connector members (6, 5) with intermeshing external and internal screw thread profiles is optimized for expansion downhole in a wellbore by: a) configuring the box connector member (5) such that it has at least one thread (10) that does not engage a thread on the pin member (6); and optionally: b) configuring the pin and box connectors (6, 5) such that in axial direction a gap of at least 0.2 mm is present between the external and internal screw thread profiles; and/or c) inserting a swellable dope in the gap between the pin and box connector members (6, 5).. . ... Shell Oil Company

07/05/18 / #20180187528

A method of expanding a tubular and expandable tubular

A tubular member (1) with a relative rough (1.5-10 μm) inner surface (5) coated solid lubricating film (10) which is transformed into a substantially viscous rubbery viscoelasto-plastic phase at temperatures in a range between 50° c. And 110° c. ... Shell Oil Company

07/05/18 / #20180187527

Method and system for switching a functionality of a liner expansion tool

The functionality of a downhole tubular expansion tool is switched by: -providing the unexpanded tubular with an oversized section (7) having a larger internal width than other (non-oversized) sections of the unexpanded tubular (6);-providing the expansion tool with a control sub (1) comprising a trigger assembly (2) that is pushed outward within the oversized section and thereby switches the functionality of the tool, for example by contracting or expanding a collapsible expansion cone and/or opening a valve.. . ... Shell Oil Company

07/05/18 / #20180187526

Method and system for sealing a segmented expandable cone

A well tubular is expanded using an expandable segmented cone (301-303) which is at a large diameter bottom or gauge section of the cone (301-303) provided with a robust sealing assembly (300a-c) comprising a sealing ring or sealing lips that engage(s) an expanded section of the tubular (307).. . ... Shell Oil Company

07/05/18 / #20180187525

Method and system for enhancing the performance of a well tubular expansion assembly

The upward force exerted on an expansion cone (2), which is pulled up by a drill string (3) to expand a well tubular (1), is hydraulically enhanced by:—connecting a bottom plug (10) to a carrier body (11) below the expansion cone (2);—lowering the drill string (3), cone (2), carrier body (11), bottom plug (10) and unexpanded well tubular (1) assembly into a well;—inducing the drill string (3) to pull the expansion cone (2) through a lower edge (13) of the unexpanded well tubular (1) to expand said edge (13) and to subsequently pull the bottom plug (10) into sealing engagement with the expanded edge (13);—releasing the bottom plug (10) from the carrier body (11);—further pulling (f1) the expansion cone (10) through the well tubular (1) and simultaneously injecting fluid through the drill string (3) below the cone (2) to hydraulically increase (f2) the upward force (f=f1+f2) exerted on the expansion cone (2).. . ... Shell Oil Company

07/05/18 / #20180187315

Process for degreasing a chemical plant

A process for degreasing a chemical plant is disclosed. The vessels and process lines are rinsed with a solvent comprising at least 50 wt % dialkyl carbonate, based upon the weight of the solvent.. ... Shell Oil Company

07/05/18 / #20180186921

Improvements relating to polyurethanes

A process for making a flexible polyurethane foam, the process comprising reacting a polyether polyol with foam-forming reactants to provide said polyurethane foam, wherein said polyether polyol comprises a latent aldehyde content of at least 50 ppm, and/or said polyether polyol is obtainable from ring-opening polymerization of alkylene oxide comprising a free aldehyde content of at least 200 ppm. Foams obtainable by the process, and uses of polyether polyols are also disclosed.. ... Shell Oil Company

07/05/18 / #20180186760

Process for the production of 1,4-butanediol and tetrahydrofuran from furan

The present invention provides a method for increasing the molar ratio of tetrahydrofuran to 1,4-butanediol in a process for the production of 1,4-butanediol and tetrahydrofuran, said process comprising contacting furan with hydrogen and water in a reactor vessel at an initial partial pressure of hydrogen, and in the presence of a catalytic composition comprising at least one metal on a solid support, wherein the at least one metal is selected from cobalt, nickel, ruthenium, palladium and platinum and wherein the molar ratio of tetrahydrofuran to 1,4-butanediol is increased by increasing the partial pressure of hydrogen in the reactor vessel above the initial partial pressure of hydrogen.. . ... Shell Oil Company

07/05/18 / #20180185807

Spent catalyst standpipes

A catalyst standpipe comprising a horizontal section, a sloped section, and vertical section, wherein the vertical section comprises one or more ring portions and associated methods and systems.. . ... Shell Oil Company

06/14/18 / #20180164456

Marine seismic surveying

A system for acquiring a marine seismic survey makes use of a propelled vessel (40) towing at least a seismic source assembly (100) behind it. The navigation control system (42) of the propelled vessel is instructed to steer the propelled vessel in response to position information repetitively generated by a source global positioning system (gps, 130) which forms part of the seismic source assembly being towed. ... Shell Oil Company

06/14/18 / #20180163142

Methods and systems for supplying energy to a hydrocatalytic reaction

Systems and methods involving hydrocatalytic reactions that thermal energy obtained from combustion of coke generated by coking of at least a portion of the hydrocatalytic reaction product. Hydrocatalytic reactions can require substantial amounts of thermal energy. ... Shell Oil Company

06/14/18 / #20180163141

Methods and systems for supplying hydrogen to a hydrocatalytic reaction

Systems and methods involving hydrocatalytic reactions that use molecular hydrogen obtained from a biogas generated from at least a portion of the hydrocatalytic reaction product. Hydrocatalytic reactions can require significant quantities of molecular hydrogen, particularly if the molecular hydrogen is being introduced under dynamic flow conditions. ... Shell Oil Company

06/14/18 / #20180161761

Ethylene epoxidation catalysts, associated methods of manufacture, and associated methods for the production of ethylene oxide

An ethylene epoxidation catalyst is disclosed that comprises a fluoride-mineralized carrier having silver and a rhenium promoter deposited thereon, wherein the fluoride-mineralized carrier has: a total fluorine (tf) content less than 5000 ppm as measured by xrf, a water extractable fluorine (wef) content greater than 45 ppm as measured by microwave extraction and ion specific electrode, and wherein the ratio of tf:wef is between 10 and 110. Associated methods of manufacturing such catalysts and epoxidation methods using such catalysts are similarly provided.. ... Shell Oil Company

06/07/18 / #20180157224

System and method for handling equipment service for model predictive controllers and estimators

. . It is advantageous to handle certain conditions when equipment (or equipment components) is taken out-of-service or shutdown for service or maintenance. Equipment service flags may be used to indicate that an individual variable will no longer be propagated as the associated equipment has been taken out of line for service. ... Shell Oil Company

05/31/18 / #20180150292

System and method for replacing a live control/estimation application with a staged application

A staged application may be transitioned, or hot swapped, to live application, that is, the staged version of an application is transited to the live version of an application. The staged version may nm in estimation mode along-side the live version. ... Shell Oil Company

05/31/18 / #20180150039

System and method for controlling ramp imbalances in model predictive controllers

The temporary relaxation of constraints permits the efficient and cost-effective operation of certain process models. Ramp imbalances are controlled using soft-landing constraints. ... Shell Oil Company

05/31/18 / #20180150037

System and method for superior performance with respect to best performance values in model predictive control applications

Model predictive control is used to obtain the best performance value for an objective in a dynamic environment. One or more best performance values for a model predictive application are obtained by utilizing asymmetric dynamic behavior that pushes the process to the edges of the operative window. ... Shell Oil Company

05/31/18 / #20180149012

Method and system for damping vibrations in a tool string system

The invention provides a control system and method for limiting vibrations in a tool string system, comprising a relatively heavy rotatable device, such as a pump system or a bottom hole assembly, connected to a long rotatable tool string driven by a drive system. The control system comprises feedback of both torque and rotational speed signals to correct the set rotational speed. ... Shell Oil Company

05/24/18 / #20180143177

Process comprising analysing a flowing fluid

A process which comprises (a) injecting stripping gas into the fluid flow, (b) taking a sample from the stripping gas containing fluid obtained in step (a) at a point downstream of the injection of the stripping gas, and (c) analyzing the sample taken in step (b).. . ... Shell Oil Company

05/24/18 / #20180142173

Fuel composition

A fuel composition for powering a combustion engine, the composition comprising: a liquid base fuel; and a (co)polymer obtainable by (co)polymerizing at least the following monomers: •at least one bicyclic (meth)acrylate ester •optionally at least one lower-alkyl (meth)acrylate, •optionally at least one aromatic vinyl monomer, and •optionally other ethylenically unsaturated monomers.. . ... Shell Oil Company

05/24/18 / #20180141032

Preparation and use of copper containing hydrogenation catlyst

The invention relates to a process for preparing a catalyst, which comprises: mixing a copper salt containing solution with a silicate salt containing composition resulting in a precipitated solid; and subjecting the precipitated solid to a temperature in the range of from 150 to 500° c. Further, the invention relates to a copper containing catalyst obtainable by said process. ... Shell Oil Company

05/17/18 / #20180136618

System and method for background element switching for models in model predictive estimation and control applications

It is advantageous to switch an active element with a background element. By using a switching mechanism, a background element can be made active while the application remains active. ... Shell Oil Company

05/10/18 / #20180127670

Fuel composition

A fuel composition for powering a combustion engine the composition comprising: a liquid base fuel; and a copolymer obtainable by copolymerizing at least the following monomers: —at least one bicyclic (meth)acrylate ester; —at least one fatty-alkyl (meth)acrylate; —optionally, and preferably, at least one aromatic vinyl monomer; and —optionally other ethylenically unsaturated monomers.. . ... Shell Oil Company

05/03/18 / #20180119527

Hybrid push and pull method and system for expanding well tubulars

. . . . A hybrid push and pull method for expanding a tubular in a wellbore utilizes an expansion assembly with a sealed and another, optionally expandable, cone, wherein during at least part of the expansion process the sealed cone is moved up through the tubular by a combination of push and pull forces and the push force is generated by pumping fluid at an elevated pressure into a space between the bottom plug and the expansion assembly. This allows staged expansion of the tubular in a hard rock formation and/or of a tubular surrounded by a hardened cement lining and/or of a pair of partially overlapping nested tubular ends.. ... Shell Oil Company

05/03/18 / #20180119504

Method and system for locking an upper end of an expanded tubular within a host casing

A to be expanded tubular (4) can be locked to a previously installed host casing (2) using a self energizing top anchor (seta) tool. This seta tool has an anchoring section with a set of anchoring slips (1), and a centralizer which is connected to the body of the anchoring section. ... Shell Oil Company

05/03/18 / #20180119031

Oil and water emulsion detection and control for desalters

A method for detecting information concerning an emulsion layer within a desalter vessel. Liquid samples are drawn from various depths within the desalter vessel, and each sample is passed through a fluid density and flow measurement device. ... Shell Oil Company

05/03/18 / #20180119000

Method for hydrocarbon recovery

The invention relates to a method of treating a hydrocarbon containing formation comprising providing a hydrocarbon recovery composition to at least a portion of the hydrocarbon containing formation and allowing the hydrocarbon recovery composition to contact the formation wherein the hydrocarbon recovery composition comprises an alcohol alkoxy sulfate and an internal olefin sulfonate.. . ... Shell Oil Company

05/03/18 / #20180117568

Preparation of catalyst

A process for preparing a hydrocarbon conversion catalyst that comprises a specially made silica-alumina composition and a metal or metal compound selected from group vib and group viii metals. The silica-alumina composition is made by preparing an aqueous mixture containing aluminum sulfate followed by adding alkali metal aluminate to the mixture to enhance the ph to within specified range and then adding aluminum sulfate to the mixture to lower the ph. ... Shell Oil Company

05/03/18 / #20180117556

Fluidized solids distributor

A solids distributor (100) comprising: a solids standpipe (110); a gas line (120); a solids transfer line (130) in fluid communication with the solids standpipe (110) and the gas line (120); and a distributor (140) in fluid communication with the solids transfer line (130). A solids distributor system comprising the a vessel and the solids distributor (100) and a method of distributing fluidized solids.. ... Shell Oil Company

04/19/18 / #20180105730

Inducibly degradable polyacetal compositions for use in subterranean formations

Inducibly degradable compositions comprising polyacetal and associated methods and systems.. . ... Shell Oil Company

04/19/18 / #20180104657

Method of making a gold on palladium gas separation membrane

A method is provided for preparing a carbon monoxide resistant gold-alloy gas separation membrane system. A palladium layer is provided upon a surface of a tubular porous substrate, wherein the palladium layer has a mean surface roughness (sa) of less than 2.5 microns, followed by submerging the tubular porous substrate within a solution of chloroauric acid or a salt thereof. ... Shell Oil Company

04/12/18 / #20180099266

Process for the preparation of a catalyst support

Process for preparing a catalyst support which process comprises a) mixing pentasil zeolite having a bulk silica to alumina molar ratio in the range of from 20 to 150 with water, a silica source and an alkali metal salt, b) extruding the mixture obtained in step (a), c) drying and calcining the extrudates obtained in step (b), d) subjecting the calcined extrudates obtained in step (c) to ion exchange to reduce the alkali metal content, and e) drying the extrudates obtained in step (d); process for preparing a catalyst by furthermore impregnating such support with platinum in an amount in the range of from 0.001 to 0.1 wt % and tin in an amount in the range of from 0.01 to 0.5 wt %, each on the basis of total catalyst; ethylbenzene dealkylation catalyst obtainable thereby and a process for dealkylation of ethylbenzene which process comprises contacting feedstock containing ethylbenzene with such catalyst.. . ... Shell Oil Company

03/29/18 / #20180086998

Lubricating oil compositions comprising a heavy high saturates base oil

. . A lubricating oil composition comprising a heavy high saturates base oil is provided. Methods for using said lubricant composition for lubricating an engine, a gear box, and in general industrial lubricant applications, including as a bearing and circulating oil, are also provided.. ... Shell Oil Company

03/22/18 / #20180079702

Process for the separation of clycols

The invention provides a process for the separation of meg and 1,2-bdo from a first mixture comprising meg and 1,2-bdo in a weight ratio of at least 10:1 (meg:1,2- bdo), said process comprising the steps of; (i) providing the first mixture as a feed to a distillation column at a point in the range of from 20 to 80% of the column height; (ii) operating the distillation at a temperature in the range of from 120 to 190° c. And at a pressure in the range of from 5 kpa to atmospheric pressure; (iii) removing an meg stream from the distillation column at a point below the point at which the first mixture is fed; (iv) removing an overheads stream comprising an azeotrope of meg and 1,2-bdo.. ... Shell Oil Company

03/15/18 / #20180073345

Non-obtrusive methods of measuring flows into and out of a subsea well and associated systems

A fluid level monitoring system comprising: a subsea well comprising a wellbore and a wellhead; a subsea well isolation device installed on the wellhead; and a fluid level monitoring device and associated methods.. . ... Shell Oil Company

03/15/18 / #20180072838

Improvements relating to polyols and polyurethanes

A polyether polyol containing composite metal cyanide complex catalyst residue, said polyether polyol having a functionality in the range of from 2.9 to 4.5, a hydroxyl value in the range of from 28 to 42 and containing in the range of from 8 to 60 wt % ethylene oxide moieties randomly distributed throughout the polyether chains.. . ... Shell Oil Company

03/15/18 / #20180072692

Process for the production of 1,4-butanediol and tetrahydrofuran from furan

The present invention provides a process for the production of thf and 1,4-bdo from furan in the presence of a catalytic composition, wherein the catalytic composition contains at least one metal selected from the group consisting of fe, ru, os, co, rh, jr, ni, pd, pt and, optionally, contains one or more additional metal on a solid support, and wherein said process comprises the steps of: i) contacting furan with hydrogen and water in a reactor in the presence of said catalytic composition for a time; ii) stopping the flow of furan and the flow of water to the reactor and removing furan and water from the reactor; iii) subjecting the catalytic composition to a gas stream comprising hydrogen at a temperature of from 200 to 600° c. In the absence of the furan and water; iv) re-starting the flow of furan and the flow of water to the reactor.. ... Shell Oil Company

03/15/18 / #20180071691

Asymmetric modified carbon molecular sieve hollow fiber membranes having improved permeance

The present invention provides an asymmetric modified cms hollow fiber membrane having improved gas separation performance properties and a process for preparing an asymmetric modified cms hollow fiber membrane having improved gas separation performance properties. The process comprises treating a polymeric precursor fiber with a solution containing a modifying agent prior to pyrolysis. ... Shell Oil Company

03/08/18 / #20180065080

Method using carbon monoxide resistant membrance to control h2/co ratio of synthesis gas feed to fischer-tropsch unit

An integrated process for making high molecular weight hydrocarbons from a synthesis gas feed to a fischer-tropsch unit. A carbon monoxide resistant gold-on-palladium membrane system (membrane system) is used to control the hydrogen-to-carbon monoxide molar ratio of a feed to the fischer-tropsch unit. ... Shell Oil Company

03/01/18 / #20180057756

A polar additive-containing hydroprocessing catalyst and method of making and using thereof

. . A method of making a hydroprocessing catalyst composition that includes impregnating a support material with metals and an organic acid compound followed by a controlled drying of the impregnated support and incorporation thereafter of a polar additive into the dried, impregnated support. The hydroprocessing catalyst is made by this method.. ... Shell Oil Company

02/22/18 / #20180052253

Paleogeographic reconstruction of an area ofthe earth crust

A paleo event table creator tool box is described which is induced and/or allows a user to spatially join a selected area of interest of the earth crust to one selected tectonic plate in a tectonic plate model, which selected tectonic plate has an overlap with the area of interest, and to sample a paleogeographic dataset relevant to the area of interest for a series of paleogeographic time steps. A graphical user interface is induced and/or allows the user to create a paleo event table that displays the sampled paleogeographic dataset. ... Shell Oil Company

02/22/18 / #20180051548

A method of performing a reaming operation at a wellsite using reamer performance metrics

Methods of performing a reaming operation at a wellsite are disclosed. The method involves measuring surface drilling parameters (e.g., surface torque and surface weight on bit) from surface sensors positioned about a rig, measuring downhole drilling parameters (e.g., downhole weight on bit and downhole torque) from downhole sensors positioned about a downhole tool, generating weight on reamer from the measured surface weight on bit and the measured downhole weight on bit, generating frictional torque by detecting from the surface sensors when the drilling tool is in a rotating off bottom state and selecting a portion of the measured surface torque measured during the rotating off bottom state, generating torque on reamer from the frictional torque, the downhole torque parameters, and the surface torque parameters, and detecting reamer performance by monitoring changes in reamer performance metrics (e.g., reamer aggressiveness) including integrated torque on reamer with weight on reamer.. ... Shell Oil Company

02/15/18 / #20180045705

Methods of measuring hydrogen sulfide concentrations in reservoir fluids

A chemical probe composition comprising a base fluid and a chemical probe, wherein the chemical probe is capable of reacting with hydrogen sulfide to form a fluorophore and associated methods and systems.. . ... Shell Oil Company

02/15/18 / #20180044605

Grease composition

A grease composition comprising a polyalphaolefin and a thickener which is a fatty acid salt of calcium is disclosed. The composition is suitable for use at a seal-metal interface in a sealed bearing.. ... Shell Oil Company

02/15/18 / #20180044178

Method for treating off gas and producing hydrogen

The present invention relates to a method for obtaining a hydrogen rich gas from an off gas. Further, the invention relates to a system for operating said method.. ... Shell Oil Company

02/15/18 / #20180043334

Methane oxidation catalyst, process to prepare the same and method of using the same

The present invention provides a methane oxidation catalyst comprising one or more noble metals supported on zirconia, wherein the zirconia comprises tetragonal zirconia and monoclinic zirconia, and wherein the weight ratio of tetragonal zirconia to monoclinic zirconia is in the range of from 1:1 to 31:1. The invention further provides a process for preparing a methane oxidation catalyst, a methane oxidation catalyst thus prepared and a method of oxidizing methane.. ... Shell Oil Company

02/15/18 / #20180043292

Swirl tube separators

A separation swirl tube comprising: a tubular housing, a gas-solids inlet opening, a gas outlet conduit, a vane, and a vsp vortex stabilizer and associated methods and systems.. . ... Shell Oil Company

02/08/18 / #20180037838

Use of a lubricating composition

The present invention relates to a method for advancing the spark timing of a spark-ignited internal combustion engine, the method comprising lubricating the spark-ignited internal combustion engine with a lubricating composition comprising base oil and an anti-knock additive, wherein the anti-knock additive is an aromatic amine.. . ... Shell Oil Company

02/08/18 / #20180036699

Methods for selecting a loading pressure drop tolerance specification for a multitubular fixed-bed reactor

A method for a selecting a loading pressure drop tolerance specification for a plurality of tubes in a multitubular fixed-bed reactor, wherein the plurality of tubes comprise a packed bed of epoxidation catalyst, the method comprising: defining a first loading pressure drop tolerance range for the plurality of tubes based on a desired maximum variation in outlet oxygen concentration, relative to the mean, for the plurality of tubes; defining a second loading pressure drop tolerance range for the plurality of tubes based on a desired maximum number of tube corrections for the plurality of tubes; and selecting the loading pressure drop tolerance specification for the plurality of tubes such that the entirety of the loading pressure drop tolerance specification falls within the first loading pressure drop tolerance range and the second loading pressure drop tolerance range.. . ... Shell Oil Company

02/01/18 / #20180030800

Well emergency separation tool for use in separating a tubular element

A method of separating a tubular element, comprising providing a tubular element having an inner and an outer surface, a circumference of said outer surface, and a first end and a second end; radially surrounding said tubular element with an explosive material, wherein said explosive material is capable of generating a high-velocity plasma jet in response to an activation signal, and wherein said explosive material comprises an electrically conductive layer; transmitting said activation signal to said explosive material; generating said high-velocity plasma jet; and separating said tubular element into a first portion comprising said first end and a second portion comprising said second end when said high-velocity plasma jet penetrates said outer surface of said tubular element and exits said inner surface of said tubular element.. . ... Shell Oil Company

02/01/18 / #20180030367

Grease composition

A grease composition comprises a base oil and an aluminium complex soap thickener, with graphite, molybdenum di-sulphide, calcium carbonate and bismuth sulphide all included as additives. The composition exhibits advantageous load, wear and friction performance, especially in extreme pressure environments, and is particularly suitable for use on open gears.. ... Shell Oil Company

02/01/18 / #20180030358

Production of higher hydrocarbons from solid biomass

A process for the production of an aromatics-rich hydrocarbons useful as gasoline component from solid biomass is provided. The process provides for longer condensation catalyst life by contacting the stable oxygenated hydrocarbon intermediate produced from digestion and hydrodoxygenation of the solid biomass to a binder-free shaped zsm-5 catalyst.. ... Shell Oil Company

01/25/18 / #20180024260

Method and system for recording seismic signals

A first stationary seismic receiver array is provided in a first non-vertically directed first borehole section of a first array of non-vertically directed first borehole sections, and a second stationary seismic receiver array is provided in a second non-vertically directed first borehole section of the first array of non-vertically directed first borehole sections. A seismic source assembly is moved axially through a first non-vertically directed second borehole section from at least a first position to a second position of a plurality of first borehole positions along a length of the first non-vertically directed second borehole section. ... Shell Oil Company

01/25/18 / #20180023377

Thermally activated strong acids

An acid-generating fluid comprising a thermally activated strong acid precursor.. . ... Shell Oil Company

01/25/18 / #20180022556

Systems and methods for providing feed material to a pressurized system

Methods and systems for transferring feed materials between zones having substantially different pressures, where the transfer can be continuous or semi-continuous. The methods and systems include a plurality of lock hoppers to receive feed material from a low pressure zone and pressurize it with fluid to a pressure of a high pressure zone. ... Shell Oil Company

01/18/18 / #20180017320

Method and apparatus for cooling down a cryogenic heat exchanger and method of liquefying a hydrocarbon stream

The present invention relates to a method and apparatus for cooling down a cryogenic heat exchanger adapted to liquefy a hydrocarbon stream, such as a natural gas stream. The method comprises: (i) receiving one or more refrigerant temperature indications, providing an indication of the temperature of the refrigerant, (ii) comparing the one or more refrigerant temperature indications with one or more associated predetermined threshold values, and (iii) based on the outcome of the comparison under (ii) selecting one of an automated warm cooling down procedure of the cryogenic heat exchanger and an automated cold cooling down procedure of the cryogenic heat exchanger.. ... Shell Oil Company

01/04/18 / #20180002618

Process to prepare paraffin wax

The present invention provides a paraffin wax having a congealing point according to astm d938 of at least 75° c. And a saybolt colour according to astm d156 of at least 25 cm.. ... Shell Oil Company

01/04/18 / #20180002591

Oil production using multistage surfactant polymer chemical flood

A process for recovering oil from an oil-bearing formation is disclosed comprising providing a first oil recovery formulation comprising a first surfactant able to create low interfacial tension with reservoir crude oil; injecting the first oil recovery formulation into the oil-bearing formation via an injection well (201); providing a second oil recovery formulation having a second surfactant with a higher solubility in water than the first formulation; injecting the second oil recovery formulation into the oil-bearing formation via the injection well; and producing oil to a production well (203).. . ... Shell Oil Company

12/28/17 / #20170371057

Method of and system for creating a seismic profile

. . . . . . A seismic source (50) is buried in a multi-layered subsurface formation below a fast layer (30) and above a reflecting interface (10). The seismic source (50) excites a critically refracted (cr) wave that travels laterally along a fast layer bottom interface (35), and emanates downwardly into a slow layer (40) that is below and adjacent to the fast layer (30). ... Shell Oil Company

12/28/17 / #20170370767

Detecting broadside acoustic signals with a fiber optical distributed acoustic sensing (das) assembly

A distributed fiber optic acoustic sensing system comprises an elongate body having an outer surface, an optical fiber disposed on the outer surface at a first predetermined wrap angle, and light transmitting and receiving means optically connected to the fiber for. The elongate body may include at least one substantially flat face, and/or a layer of swellable elastomer surrounding the body, and/or an outer elastomeric tube surrounding the elastomer layer. ... Shell Oil Company

12/28/17 / #20170370011

Method of preparing oxalic acid

The present invention provides a method of preparing oxalic acid (h2c2o4), the method at least comprising the steps of: (a) providing a metal formate (hco2m) containing stream, wherein the metal (m) of the metal formate (hco2m) is a monovalent metal selected from the group consisting of li, na, k, cs, rb and a mixture thereof; (b) heating the metal formate (hco2m) containing stream thereby obtaining a metal oxalate (m2c2o4) containing stream; (c) subjecting the metal oxalate (m2c2o4) containing stream to electrodialysis, thereby obtaining at least oxalic acid (m2c2o4) and a metal hydroxide (moh).. . ... Shell Oil Company

12/28/17 / #20170369812

Lubricant composition inhibiting adsorption of alpha-olefin, and method and agent for inhibiting adsorption of alpha-olefin

A method for inhibiting adsorption of α-olefin in a lubricant composition to a metal surface is disclosed. The lubricant composition comprises any of oils of group iii, group iv and polyisobutylenes classified into group v according to the api base oil classification or a mixture thereof as a base oil, and the α-olefin coexisting in an amount of 1% by mass or less based on the total amount of the composition. ... Shell Oil Company

12/28/17 / #20170369415

Use of composition comprising titanium or zirconium alkoxide or aryloxide in aromatic carbonate preparation process

The invention relates to a process for preparing an aromatic carbonate, comprising reacting a dialkyl carbonate or an alkyl aryl carbonate with an aryl alcohol or an alkyl aryl carbonate, resulting in an aromatic carbonate which is an alkyl aryl carbonate or a diaryl carbonate, wherein a composition comprising a titanium or zirconium alkoxide or aryloxide, wherein the alkoxy group in the titanium or zirconium alkoxide is a group of formula r-0˜ wherein r is an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms and the aryloxy group in the titanium or zirconium aryloxide is a group of formula ar-0˜ wherein ar is an aryl group having 6 to 12 carbon atoms, and wherein the composition additionally comprises 0.1 to 50 wt. % of an alcohol, based on the total weight of the composition, is mixed with an alcohol or an organic carbonate, and the mixture thus obtained is contacted with said dialkyl carbonate or alkyl aryl carbonate and aryl alcohol or alkyl aryl carbonate to catalyze the preparation of the aromatic carbonate. ... Shell Oil Company

12/21/17 / #20170363525

Pressure testing method and apparatus

The present disclosure provides a method for conducting a pressure test on an apparatus. The method may include selecting a maximum test pressure for the pressure test, providing a first volume of liquid in the enclosed space and estimating a volume of gas in the enclosed space. ... Shell Oil Company

12/21/17 / #20170362905

System and method for positioning of tubular members

A system and method for positioning oilfield tubulars on a drilling floor (2), having an automated tubular handling system, to permit alignment and automated make up and break out of threading operations between a stationary tubular (8) and a moving tubular (34), utilizing image information from radially offset cameras (54, 56), processing the image information to recognize the tubulars within the image and develop position information for said tubulars, combining the position information from the two camera systems to develop three dimensional information for each of the tubulars, developing instructions for the automated tubular handling system to bring the stationary and moving tubulars into vertical alignment and lowering the moving tubular into threaded contact, and engaging an automated hydraulic torque wrench to make up the threaded connection.. . ... Shell Oil Company

12/21/17 / #20170362529

Lubricating oil composition

Lubricating composition comprising (i) base oil and (ii) a verkade base compound having the formula (1): wherein r1, r2 and r3 are each independently selected from hydrogen and saturated or unsaturated, straight chain or branched, c1-c22 alkyl groups. The lubricating composition of the present invention exhibits improved base number retention and oxidative stability, particularly in the presence of a biofuel such as fatty acid alkyl ester.. ... Shell Oil Company

12/21/17 / #20170362493

Process and composition for alkaline surfactant polymer flooding

A process and an oil recovery composition for producing oil from a formation utilizing an oil recovery formulation comprising a surfactant, an ammonia liquid, a chelating agent, a polymer, and water are provided.. . ... Shell Oil Company

12/21/17 / #20170362150

Process for the separation of glycols

The invention provides a process for the separation of meg from a glycol stream comprising meg and 1,2-bdo, said process comprising the steps of: (a) providing the glycol stream and an azeotrope-forming agent to a distillation column, (b) subjecting the glycol stream and the azeotrope-forming agent to distillation at a distillation temperature and a distillation pressure; (c) obtaining a first overhead stream comprising an azeotrope of meg and the azeotrope-forming agent and a first bottoms stream comprising 1,2-bdo; and (d) subjecting the first overhead stream to phase separation in the presence of water to obtain an meg-rich aqueous stream and an azeotrope-forming agent rich stream, wherein the azeotrope-forming agent is an organic solvent that forms a homogeneous azeotrope with meg and does not form an azeotrope with 1,2-bdo at the distillation temperature and pressure.. . ... Shell Oil Company

12/14/17 / #20170358130

Systems and methods for multi-dimensional geophysical data visualization

Example of systems and methods are provided for visualization of multi-dimensional geophysical data visualization. Combining several attributes from multi-dimensional geophysical data or seismic data using color modeling techniques provide for the interpretation of data more efficiently by a user. ... Shell Oil Company

12/14/17 / #20170355852

Process to prepare a heavy paraffin wax

The present invention provides a paraffin wax having a congealing point according to astm d938 of at least 100° c. And a saybolt colour according to astm d156 of at least 25 cm.. ... Shell Oil Company

12/14/17 / #20170355655

Process for liquid-liquid extraction of a blend of non-uniform oligomers and polymers

A process for liquid-liquid extraction of an oil-blend of non-uniform oligomeric and polymeric components comprising: (a) preselecting a desired molecular weight (mw) boundary between heavy and light components; (b) selecting an extractive solvent or an extractive mixture of solvents, which form essentially a single phase with the light components; (c) mixing the oil-blend and the extractive solvent or extractive mixture of solvents selected in step (b) at elevated temperature, which is at least at or above said fractionation temperature, and wherein the extractive solvent/mixture of solvents to oil-blend ratio is from 1:2 to 100:1; (d) allowing a phase split to form between the heavy components fraction and the light components/extractive solvent fraction at the fractionation temperature or at most 10° c. Below the fractionation temperature; (e) followed by separation of said fractions.. ... Shell Oil Company

12/07/17 / #20170349855

Lubricating oil composition for internal combustion engines

A lubricating oil composition for internal combustion engines is disclosed. The composition exhibits a lower coefficient of friction and improved cleaning properties without causing a deterioration in thermal and oxidation stability.. ... Shell Oil Company

12/07/17 / #20170349515

Process for the production of n-butanol and 1,4-butanediol from furan

The present invention provides a process for the production of n-butanoland 1,4-butanediol, said process comprising contacting furan with hydrogen and water in the presence of a catalytic composition, comprising at least one element selected from those in groups 8, 9, 10 and 11 of the periodic table on a solid support comprising an amorphous or crystalline aluminosilicate in an acidic form, wherein the catalyst does not contain metals selected from those in groups 6 and 7 of the periodic table.. . ... Shell Oil Company

12/07/17 / #20170348677

Method for preparing a catalyst

The invention relates to a method for preparing a catalyst or catalyst precursor comprising a catalytically active material and a carrier material. The invention relates to a catalyst particle and catalyst precursor thereof obtainable by said method. ... Shell Oil Company

11/30/17 / #20170342209

Composition comprising titanium or zirconium alkoxide or aryloxide and use thereof

The invention relates to a composition comprising a titanium or zirconium alkoxide or aryloxide, wherein the alkoxy group in the titanium or zirconium alkoxide is a group of formula r-0− wherein r is an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms and the aryloxy group in the titanium or zirconium aryloxide is a group of formula ar-0− wherein ar is an aryl group having 6 to 12 carbon atoms, and wherein the composition additionally comprises 0.1 to 50 wt. % of an organic carbonate, based on the total weight of the composition. ... Shell Oil Company

11/23/17 / #20170335225

Lubricating composition

Lubricating composition comprising (i) base oil and (ii) a metal-free phosphonate compound having the general formula p(═o)(r1)(or2)(or3) wherein r1, r2 and r3 are the same or different and each independently selected from a straight chain or branched, saturated or unsaturated, c4-c22 alkyl group. The lubricating composition of the present invention provides improved engine durability, improved wear and friction reduction, improved fuel economy and excellent oxidative stability.. ... Shell Oil Company

11/23/17 / #20170334816

Process for the separation of glycols

The invention provides a process for the separation of meg and 1,2-bdo from a first mixture comprising meg and 1,2-bdo, said process comprising the steps of: (i) providing said first mixture comprising meg and 1,2-bdo as a feed to a distillation column; (ii) providing a feed comprising glycerol to the distillation column above the first mixture; (iii) operating the distillation column at a temperature in the range of from 50 to 250° c. And a pressure in the range of from 0.1 to 400 kpa; (iv) removing a stream comprising meg and glycerol as a bottoms stream from the distillation column; and (v) (v) removing a stream comprising 1,2-bdo above the point at which the feed comprising glycerol is provided to the distillation column.. ... Shell Oil Company

11/16/17 / #20170328185

Expanding a tubular element in a wellbore

A system for radially expanding a tubular element (2) in an underground borehole (3) comprises an expansion string (16) extending into the tubular element (2) and including an expander (27) and a jack device (24) for pulling the expander (27) through the tubular element (2) so as to radially expand the tubular element (2). The jack device (24) is provided with an anchor (28) having at least one slip element (50) adapted to be radially moved against the inner surface of the tubular element (2). ... Shell Oil Company

11/16/17 / #20170328184

Method and system for installing a tubular element in a borehole

A radially expandable tubular element (1) is installed in an underground borehole by:—lowering the tubular element (1) into the borehole a work string (2) and an anchor tool (16) to which the tubular element (1) is connected via a dimple connection (32) to increase the weight carrying capacity of the anchor tool (16);—connecting an expander (14) to the work string (2) at a position below the anchor tool (16); and—radially expanding the tubular element (1) by pulling the expander (14) on the work string (2) through the tubular element (1).. . ... Shell Oil Company

11/16/17 / #20170328157

Anchor system and method for use in a wellbore

An anchoring system for anchoring a tool (24) in a downhole tubular element (2) comprises: an anchor (28) having a central body (40) connected to, or integrally formed with, the tool (24); a slip element (50) radially movable relative to the central body (32) between a retracted and an expanded position against the inner surface of the tubular element (2), a primary spring (56) for moving the slip element to the expanded position; a control device comprising a stop member (60) against which the slip element (50) is pushed by the primary spring (56); and a secondary spring (58) acting on the stop member (60) to move each slip element (50) to its retracted position.. . ... Shell Oil Company

11/16/17 / #20170327764

Lubricating oil composition for sliding glide surface

A lubricating oil composition for a sliding guide surface, which exhibits excellent low friction properties and extreme pressure properties so as to enable high precision machining in a machine tool, is disclosed.. . ... Shell Oil Company

11/16/17 / #20170327762

Lubricating oil composition for sliding glide surface

A lubricating oil composition for a sliding guide surface, which exhibits excellent low friction properties and extreme pressure properties so as to enable high precision machining in a machine tool, is disclosed.. . ... Shell Oil Company

11/16/17 / #20170327730

Hydrocarbon recovery composition and a method for use thereof

The invention relates to a hydrocarbon recovery composition comprising one or more internal olefin sulfonates and/or one or more alkoxylated alcohols and/or alkoxylated alcohol derivatives and a method of recovering hydrocarbons from a hydrocarbon formation comprising feeding a hydrocarbon recovery composition into the formation, allowing the hydrocarbon recovery composition to contact the formation for a period of time, and withdrawing a mixture of the hydrocarbon recovery composition and hydrocarbons from the formation.. . ... Shell Oil Company

11/16/17 / #20170327430

Process for preparing a sulphur-containing soil improver

A process for preparing an elemental sulphur-containing composition for use as a fertilizer and/or soil improver comprises wet milling elemental sulphur in a liquid to produce a micronized sulphur slurry for application to soil, and further comprises adding a preventive scavenging additive for fixating sulphur dioxide and hydrogen sulphide gases that are released downstream of the mill.. . ... Shell Oil Company

11/16/17 / #20170327374

Process for the preparation of syngas

The invention is directed to a process for the preparation of a syngas comprising hydrogen and carbon monoxide from a methane comprising gas, which process comprises the steps of: (a) reacting the methane comprising gas with an oxidising gas in an autothermal reformer to obtain a hot raw syngas comprising carbon monoxide and hydrogen; (b) cooling the hot raw syngas resulting from step (a) to obtain the syngas, wherein step (b) comprises cooling the hot raw syngas by indirect heat exchange against the methane comprising gas used in step (a) and wherein sulphur is added upstream of cooling step (b). The invention also relates to a process for the preparation of hydrocarbon products in which a feed syngas is prepared in the process as described above followed by a desulphurisation treatment and the desulphurised syngas is subsequently converted into hydrocarbon products in a fischer-tropsch process.. ... Shell Oil Company

11/09/17 / #20170321332

Process for producing liquid hydrogen

The invention relates to an integrated process for continuous production of liquid hydrogen, comprising (a) producing gaseous hydrogen by electrolysis; and (b) liquefying said gaseous hydrogen in a hydrogen liquefaction unit, which liquefaction unit is powered by energy essentially from renewable sources; and, (c) when additional power is needed, using electrical energy generated in a process in which electrical energy and hydrogen are co-generated by an integrated electrolysis process comprising: (d) electrolysing a metal salt or mixture of metal salts and water into the corresponding metal or metals, acid or acids, and oxygen (electricity storage phase), and (e) producing gaseous hydrogen and recovering electricity in a regeneration reaction of the metal (s) and acid(s) of step (d) (regeneration phase); wherein at least part of the gaseous hydrogen generated in step (e) is used in step (b) of the process.. . ... Shell Oil Company

11/09/17 / #20170321136

Fuel composition

Use of a liquid fuel composition comprising (a) a gasoline base fuel and (b) from 0.5 to 50% v/v of naphtha as a fuel for a spark ignition internal combustion engine, wherein the spark ignition internal combustion engine is comprised within the powertrain of a hybrid electric vehicle.. . ... Shell Oil Company

11/09/17 / #20170320842

Process for the production of 1,4-butanediol and tetrahydrofuran from furan

The present invention provides a process for the preparation of 1,4-butanediol and tetrahydrofuran said process comprising contacting furan with hydrogen and water in the presence of a supported catalytic composition comprising rhenium and palladium in a weight ratio of at least 1:1 and a total combined weight rhenium and palladium in the catalyst composition in the range of from 0.01 to 20 wt %.. . ... Shell Oil Company

10/26/17 / #20170307774

Seismic lineation mapping method and system

A method for seismic geological lineation mapping, wherein a seismic dataset is collected, with information about minor lineations generated by seismic dataset subtle structural geological features in an underground earth formation. Seismic attribute volumes are identified in the seismic dataset, relating to trace continuity, amplitude, frequency and phase. ... Shell Oil Company

10/26/17 / #20170306254

Fuel composition having low vapour pressure

A liquid fuel composition is provided that is suitable use in a spark ignition engine; the composition comprises a mixture of hydrocarbons and exhibits a vapour pressure of greater than around 25 kpa and below around 50 kpa. The composition provides improvements in fuel 5 economy particularly in hybrid electric vehicles that comprise a gasoline-powered internal combustion engine as part of the powertrain. ... Shell Oil Company

10/26/17 / #20170306250

Ebullated bed process for high conversion of heavy hydrocarbons with a low sediment yield

An ebullated bed process for the hydroconversion of heavy hydrocarbon feedstocks that provides for high conversion of the heavy hydrocarbon with a low sediment yield. The process uses for its catalyst bed an impregnated shaped ebullated bed catalyst having a low macroporosity and a geometry such that its characteristic cross section perimeter-to-cross sectional area is within a specifically defined range.. ... Shell Oil Company

10/26/17 / #20170306249

Method of operating an ebullated bed process to reduce sediment yield

An improved method of operating a conventional ebullated bed process for the hydroconversion of heavy hydrocarbon feedstocks so as to provide for low or reduced sediment content in the conversion product without the loss of hydrodesulfurization function.. . ... Shell Oil Company

10/26/17 / #20170306248

Ebullated bed process for high conversion of heavy hydrocarbons with a low sediment yield

An ebullated bed process for the hydroconversion of heavy hydrocarbon feedstocks that provides for high conversion of the heavy hydrocarbon with a low sediment yield. The process uses for its catalyst bed small particles of a specifically defined shaped hydroprocessing catalyst which is contacted with the heavy hydrocarbon feedstock under hydroconversion conditions and yields a hydrocarbon conversion having a relatively low sediment content.. ... Shell Oil Company

10/26/17 / #20170306182

Superhydrophobic compositions and coating process for the internal surface of tubular structures

A method for depositing a coating includes creating a vacuum within an interior volume of a tubular structure, wherein the tubular structure also includes an internal surface. Gas is supplied to the interior volume of the tubular structure, wherein the gas includes a plasma precursor in the gas phase. ... Shell Oil Company

10/26/17 / #20170305823

Process for reclaiming alcohols

A method of recovering an alcohol from an aqueous stream comprising: providing an aqueous stream comprising an alcohol; extracting at least a portion of the alcohol from the aqueous stream with a solvent to form an extracted solvent stream; extracting at least a portion of the solvent from the extracted solvent stream to form an extracted aqueous stream; and recovering at least a portion of the alcohol from the extracted aqueous stream.. . ... Shell Oil Company

10/12/17 / #20170292355

Process of recovering oil

A process of recovering oil from an oil-bearing formation which process comprises injecting a surfactant containing enhanced oil recovery formulation into the formation via an injection well and recovering oil and optionally gas via a recovery well which process comprises determining the apparent viscosity of the enhanced oil recovery formulation at various ratios of enhanced oil recovery formulation to oil wherein the highest apparent viscosity is at most 4 times the lowest apparent viscosity measured.. . ... Shell Oil Company

10/12/17 / #20170291119

Process and apparatus for the preparation of alkylene glycol

A process for the preparation of an alkylene glycol from an alkene is provided, along with an absorber apparatus. The process comprises: supplying a gas composition to an absorber comprising a column of vertically stacked trays, wherein each of the vertically stacked trays comprises: a perforated gas-liquid contacting member or members, a liquid inlet area, an outlet weir extending vertically above a surface of the tray at an opposite end of the tray from the liquid inlet area and having a height of at least 200 mm and at most 1500 mm, and a downcomer element which, in cooperation with an inner surface of a wall of the column, forms a downcomer for the passage of liquid downwardly to the liquid inlet area of an adjacent vertically stacked tray below, and allowing the gas composition to pass upwards through the alkylene oxide absorber.. ... Shell Oil Company

10/05/17 / #20170285204

Method and system for acquisition of seismic data

A method may include providing a sensor in a first wellbore segment, providing a sensor in a second wellbore segment, observing upgoing acoustic waves or downgoing acoustic waves with the sensors, and separating the upgoing acoustic waves and/or the downgoing acoustic waves from a total wavefield. The first wellbore segment and the second wellbore segment may be separated by a distance. ... Shell Oil Company

10/05/17 / #20170283709

Method for starting up a fischer tropsch process

The invention relates to a method to start up a fischer-tropsch process. A catalyst with a latent activity is used. ... Shell Oil Company

09/28/17 / #20170275555

Lubricating composition

A lubricating composition for use in the crankcase of an engine comprising (i) a base oil; (ii) one or more organo-molybdenum compounds at a level sufficient to provide from 100 to 1000 ppmw of molybdenum; and (iii) from 0.2 wt % to 5.0 wt %, by weight of the lubricating composition, of one or more organic polymeric friction reducing additives, wherein the one or more organic polymeric friction reducing additives has a molecular weight ranging from 1000 to 30000 daltons and is the reaction product of: a) a hydrophobic polymeric sub unit which comprises a hydrophobic polymer selected from polyolefins, polyacrylics and polystyrenyls; b) a hydrophilic polymeric sub unit which comprises a hydrophilic polymer selected from polyethers, polyesters, polyamides; c) optionally at least one backbone moiety capable of linking together polymeric sub units; and d) optionally a chain terminating group. The lubricating composition provides improvements in terms of reduced friction and wear, in addition to improved fuel economy performance.. ... Shell Oil Company

09/28/17 / #20170274360

High metals content hydrolysis catalyst for use in the catalytic reduction of sulfur contained in a gas stream, and a method of making and using such composition

Disclosed is a composition useful in the hydrolysis of sulfur compounds that are contained in a gas stream. The composition comprises a calcined co-mulled mixture of psuedoboehmite, a cobalt compound, and a molybdenum compound such that the composition comprises gamma-alumina, at least 7.5 wt. ... Shell Oil Company

09/21/17 / #20170267914

Alkoxylated alcohol composition and preparation of same

The invention relates to an alkoxylated alcohol composition, wherein the composition comprises an alkoxylated alcohol which is of the formula (i) formula (i) r—o—[po]x[eo]y—h wherein r is a hydrocarbyl group which has a weight average carbon number of from 5 to 32, po is a propylene oxide group, eo is an ethylene oxide group, x is the number of propylene oxide groups and is of from 0 to 40, y is the number of ethylene oxide groups and is of from 0 to 50, and the sum of x and y is of from 5 to 60; and wherein the composition additionally comprises a stabilizer which is a phenolic antioxidant. Further, the invention relates to a process for preparing said alkoxylated alcohol composition.. ... Shell Oil Company

09/14/17 / #20170260822

Methods and systems for drilling

A method of controlling a direction of drilling of the drill string used to form an opening in a subsurface formation, comprises varying a speed of the drill string during rotational drilling such that the drill string is at a first speed during a first portion of the rotational cycle and at a second speed during a second portion of the rotational cycle wherein the first speed is higher than the second speed, and wherein operating at the second speed in the second portion of the rotational cycle causes the drill string to change the direction of drilling.. . ... Shell Oil Company

09/07/17 / #20170256159

Suppressing nuisance alarms of a floating production, storage and offloading (fpso) surveillance system

A floating production, storage and offloading (fpso) surveillance system (7) is equipped with an adjustable alarm threshold that suppresses nuisance alarms if liquid level variations in fpso crude oil and/or other liquid storage tanks (6) monitored by the system do not exceed estimated oscillating liquid level variations due to oscillating motions of the fpso unit (1) during severe weather conditions.. . ... Shell Oil Company

09/07/17 / #20170254920

Chemically-selective imager for imaging fluid of a subsurface formation and method of using same

An imager and method for imaging fluid of a subsurface formation is disclosed. The imager includes a housing having a sidewall defining a passage to receive a core sample of the subsurface formation therethrough. ... Shell Oil Company

09/07/17 / #20170252728

Catalyst for alkane oxidative dehydrogenation and/or alkene oxidation

The invention relates to a process for treating a catalyst for alkane oxidative dehydrogenation and/or alkene oxidation, which catalyst is a mixed metal oxide catalyst containing molybdenum, vanadium and niobium, wherein the process comprises: contacting the catalyst with a gas mixture comprising an inert gas and oxygen (o2), wherein the amount of oxygen is of from 10 to less than 10,000 parts per million by volume (ppmv), based on the total volume of the gas mixture, at an elevated temperature.. . ... Shell Oil Company

08/31/17 / #20170248711

Integrated seismic monitoring system and method

An integrated seismic system and method for monitoring seismic parameters of a subsurface structure is provided. The integrated seismic system includes a base station; a plurality of mobile satellite nodes, each of the plurality of mobile satellite nodes having sensor stations for collecting seismic data from the subsurface structure; and a fiber optic cable extending from the base station to the plurality of mobile satellite nodes and operatively linking the plurality of mobile satellite nodes and the sensor stations; the base station comprising: a light source for sending a light through the fiber optic cable, the light being distributed to the sensor stations and, in the sensor stations, experiencing a change or phase shift related to a physical property being measured; and a seismic acquisition unit for receiving seismic signals from the plurality of mobile satellite nodes via the fiber optic cable and generating seismic parameters therefrom.. ... Shell Oil Company

08/31/17 / #20170248418

Method of detecting flow line deposits using gamma ray densitometry

A method of measuring a flow line deposit comprising: providing a pipe comprising the flow line deposit; measuring unattenuated photon counts across the pipe; and analyzing the measured unattenuated photon counts to determine the thickness of the flow line deposit and associated systems.. . ... Shell Oil Company

08/31/17 / #20170247604

Process for oil recovery

A process for recovering oil and gas from an underground formation by injecting an ammonia containing enhanced oil recovery formulation into the oil-bearing formation, which process comprises (i) reacting steam with methane containing gas, (ii) combining the reaction mixture obtained with further steam, (iii) removing carbon dioxide to obtain hydrogen, (iv) reacting at least part of the hydrogen with nitrogen, (v) separating off ammonia, (vi) mixing ammonia with water and injecting it into the underground formation, (vii) recovering oil and gas, (viii) separating methane from the fluid recovered from the recovery well, (ix) removing sulfur compounds, and (ix) using in step (i) the methane obtained in step (viii).. . ... Shell Oil Company

08/31/17 / #20170247603

Method of treating a hydrocarbon containing formation

The invention relates to a method of treating a hydrocarbon containing formation, comprising: a) providing an aqueous composition which comprises i) an internal olefin sulfonate (ios) surfactant; ii) an acid which has a pka between 4 and 12; and iii) the conjugate base of the acid mentioned under ii), to at least a portion of the hydrocarbon containing formation, by combining the aqueous composition with a hydrocarbon removal fluid to produce an injectable fluid, wherein the hydrocarbon removal fluid comprises 1) water and 2) divalent cations in a concentration of 50 or more parts per million by weight (ppmw), and injecting the injectable fluid into the hydrocarbon containing formation; and b) allowing the surfactant from the injectable fluid to interact with the hydrocarbons in the hydrocarbon containing formation.. . ... Shell Oil Company

08/31/17 / #20170246590

Process for removing nitrous oxide from a gas stream

A process for the removal of nitrous oxide from a gas stream having a contaminating concentration of nitrous oxide to provide a gas stream with a significantly reduced concentration of nitrous oxide is described. The process includes the use of a process system having multiple n2o decomposition reactors each of which contain a nitrous oxide decomposition catalyst and heat transfer units each of which contain a heat sink media that are operatively connected in a particular order and arrangement for use in the process. ... Shell Oil Company

08/31/17 / #20170246589

Process for removing nitrous oxide from a gas stream

A process for the removal of nitrous oxide from a gas stream having a contaminating concentration of nitrous oxide to provide a gas stream with a significantly reduced concentration of nitrous oxide is described. The process includes the use of a process system having multiple n2o decomposition reactors each of which contain a nitrous oxide decomposition catalyst and heat transfer units each of which contain a heat sink media that are operatively connected in a particular order and arrangement for use in the process. ... Shell Oil Company

08/24/17 / #20170240518

Process for preparing furfural from biomass

Furfural is produced from biomass material containing pentosan, in high yields, in a production process comprising treating the biomass with a solution containing at least one α-hydroxysulfonic acid thereby hydrolyzing the biomass to produce a product stream containing at least one c5-carbohydrate compound in monomeric and/or oligomeric form, and dehydrating the c5-carbohydrate compound in the presence of an acid, in a biphasic reaction medium comprising an aqueous phase and a water-immiscible organic phase, at a temperature in the range of from about 100° c. To about 250° c. ... Shell Oil Company

08/24/17 / #20170240491

Process for the conversion of saccharide-containing feedstock

The invention provides a process for the catalytic conversion of a saccharide-containing feedstock in a reactor, wherein saccharide-containing feedstock is provided to the reactor as a feed stream through a feed pipe and is contacted with a catalyst system in the reactor and wherein, as the saccharide-containing feedstock is fed through the feed pipe, a solvent stream, initially comprising essentially no saccharide, is fed along the internal walls of the feed pipe.. . ... Shell Oil Company

08/17/17 / #20170233662

Saturator and method for reusing water from a fischer-tropsch reactor

The present invention relates to a saturator. The present invention further relates to a method for reusing a waste water stream from a fischer-tropsch reactor. ... Shell Oil Company

08/17/17 / #20170233362

One-step production of furfural from biomass

Methods and processes for the production of valuable organic products and alcohols from biomass using a single-step dehydration extraction process having numerous advantages over prior production methods are described.. . ... Shell Oil Company

08/17/17 / #20170233361

Process for the manufacture of furural and furfural derivatives

The present invention provides a process for preparing furfural and furfural derivatives using a furfural-derived solvent.. . ... Shell Oil Company

08/17/17 / #20170233360

Closed-loop production of furfural from biomass

Methods and processes for the production of valuable organic products and alcohols from biomass material using a closed-loop process having numerous advantages over prior production methods are described. In the process, the biomass is subjected to acid-catalyzed digestion, followed by a separation of the digestion product stream into a solid product stream and a liquid product stream, the liquid product stream thereafter undergoing acid-catalyzed dehydration in the presence of an organic solvent, and thereafter separating the organic products in the organic layer from the aqueous layer. ... Shell Oil Company

08/10/17 / #20170226831

Downhole lift gas injection system

A downhole lift gas injection valve is retrievably connected to a downhole hanger device from which a lift gas injection conduit is suspended within a production tubing of a hydrocarbon fluid production well, wherein the valve receives the lift gas from an annular space surrounding the tubing via a side inlet in the production tubing and a tubular packer device is retrievably connected to an upper end of the hanger device to seal the side inlet from a space in the production tubing above the packer device.. . ... Shell Oil Company

08/10/17 / #20170226828

Assembly and method for creating an expanded tubular element in a borehole

In an assembly for lowering and expanding a tubular element in a borehole on an expansion string, at least part of the weight of the tubular element is transmitted to the expansion string via an internal upset and support means protruding from an outer surface of the expansion string below the internal upset.. . ... Shell Oil Company

08/10/17 / #20170226443

Lubricating oil composition

A lubricating oil composition for automotive transmissions is disclosed. It offers an automotive transmission (especially a fuel-saving type) which satisfies all requirements as regards the properties of resistance to churning, maintenance of the oil film and low-temperature viscosity. ... Shell Oil Company

08/10/17 / #20170226076

Process for preparing furfural from biomass

Furfural is produced from biomass material containing pentosan, in high yields, in a production process comprising treating the biomass with a solution containing at least one α-hydroxysulfonic acid thereby hydrolyzing the biomass to produce a product stream containing at least one c5-carbohydrate compound in monomeric and/or oligomeric form, and dehydrating the c5-carbohydrate compound in the presence of a heterogeneous solid acid catalyst, in a biphasic reaction medium comprising an aqueous phase and a water-immiscible organic phase, at a temperature in the range of from about 100° c. To about 250° c. ... Shell Oil Company

08/03/17 / #20170218717

Kinetic shear ram

The present disclosure relates to a blowout preventer having a body and a kinetic shear ram disposed within the body, and associated systems and methods.. . ... Shell Oil Company

08/03/17 / #20170218282

Process for preparing a high purity fischer-tropsch gasoil fraction

The present invention provides a process for preparing fischer-tropsch gasoil fraction, comprising: a) providing a fischer-tropsch-derived gasoil feedstock containing one or more contaminants; b) providing the fischer-tropsch-derived gasoil feedstock to a pretreatment zone to be pretreated to remove at least part of the one or more contaminants in the fischer-tropsch-derived gasoil feedstock; c) retrieving from the pretreatment zone a purified fischer-tropsch gasoil, which purified fischer-tropsch gasoil is contaminant-depleted with respect to the fischer-tropsch-derived gasoil feedstock; and d) providing the purified fischer-tropsch gasoil to fractionation zone and fractionating the purified fischer-tropsch gasoil into two or more high purity fischer-tropsch gasoil fractions. The invention further provides for the use of the purified fischer-tropsch gasoil fraction.. ... Shell Oil Company

08/03/17 / #20170218280

Fischer-tropsch catalysts

The invention relates to the preparation of a fischer-tropsch catalyst support and of a fischer-tropsch catalyst. A silica comprising support is subjected to hydrothermal treatment. ... Shell Oil Company

07/27/17 / #20170212061

Methods of detecting flow line deposits using gamma ray densitometry

A method of measuring a flow line deposit comprising: providing a pipe comprising the flow line deposit; measuring unattenuated photon counts across the pipe; and analyzing the measured unattenuated photon counts to determine the thickness of the flow line deposit and associated systems.. . ... Shell Oil Company

07/27/17 / #20170211370

Method and system for transmitting information in a jet drilling system

An abrasive jet drilling system is employed for transmitting information from a downhole location to a surface location. A jet drilling system is provided, with a drill string extending from surface to a downhole location in a borehole. ... Shell Oil Company

07/27/17 / #20170210997

Hydrocarbon condensate stabilizer and a method for producing a stabilized hydrocarbon condenstate stream

A mixed phase unstabilized hydrocarbon stream is created by partially evaporating an unstabilized hydrocarbon condensate stream, including indirectly heat exchanging the unstabilized hydrocarbon condensate stream against an effluent stream in a feed-effluent heat exchanger. The mixed phase unstabilized hydrocarbon stream is fed into a stabilizer column. ... Shell Oil Company

07/27/17 / #20170210675

Process for preparing a urea-sulphur fertiliser

A process for the manufacture of a urea-sulphur fertiliser composition, the process comprising providing feeds comprising elemental sulphur, urea, and optionally a surfactant, such as a multifunctional ionic surfactant; merging the feeds in order to obtain a combined feed; passing the combined feed through a mixing stage in order to obtain a mixed feed; and passing the mixed feed through a processing stage in order to obtain the urea-sulphur fertiliser composition. Compositions obtained by the process are also provided.. ... Shell Oil Company

07/20/17 / #20170204683

Low break out safety joint and method for releasably connecting a tubing expansion assembly to a drill string

A low break out screw threaded safety joint for releasably connecting a bottom hole assembly (bha) of a well tubular expansion assembly to a drill string comprises a pair of intermeshing toothed mate (toma) rings (24) with intermeshing sawtooth profiles (25,26) teethed profiles that have a low break out performance upon reverse rotation of the drill string relative to the bha, which may be stuck within the wellbore.. . ... Shell Oil Company

07/13/17 / #20170198550

Injector fill displacement tubes

A well bore system comprising: a well bore (110); a tubular (130) disposed within the well bore (110), wherein the tubular (130) and the well bore (110) define an annulus; a first conduit (140) disposed within the tubular (130); and a second conduit (160) disposed within the annulus and associated methods.. . ... Shell Oil Company

07/13/17 / #20170198549

Hydraulic lock compensating dummy valve

A dummy valve comprising a housing and a rupture disc disposed within the housing, wherein the housing and the rupture disc define a first internal chamber and associated systems and methods.. . ... Shell Oil Company

07/13/17 / #20170198224

Fischer-tropsch gasoil fraction

The present invention provides a fischer-tropsch gasoil fraction having: (a) an initial boiling point of at least 220° c.; (b) a final boiling point of at most 360° c.; (c) a kinematic viscosity at 25° c. According to astm d445 of from 3.8 to 4.4 cst; and (d) of a flash point according to astm d93 of at least 100° c. ... Shell Oil Company

07/13/17 / #20170198222

Process for producing hydrocarbons

A process for converting biomass to products is described. Biomasss is contacted with hydrogen in the presence of a fluidized bed of hydropyrolysis catalyst in a reactor vessel under hydropyrolysis conditions; and products and char are removed from the reactor vessel. ... Shell Oil Company

07/06/17 / #20170191748

A hydrocarbon condensate stabilizer and a method for producing a stabilized hydrocarbon condenstate stream

A mixed phase pressurized unstabilized hydrocarbon stream is fed into a stabilizer column at a feed pressure. A liquid phase of stabilized hydrocarbon condensate is discharged from a bottom end of the stabilizer column, while a vapour phase of volatile components from the pressurized unstabilized hydrocarbon condensate stream is discharged from a top end of the stabilizer column. ... Shell Oil Company








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