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Coupling joint for coupling insulated conductors

A fitting for coupling ends of insulated conductors includes a sleeve to couple an end of a jacket of a first insulated conductor to an end of a jacket of a second insulated conductor. The sleeve is located between end portions of the insulated conductors. ... Shell Oil Company

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

Process for the aromatization of a methane-containing gas stream using zirconium hydrogen acceptor particles

Implementations of the disclosed subject matter provide a process for the aromatization of a methane-containing gas stream that includes contacting the methane-containing gas stream in a reaction zone of an aromatization reactor comprising an aromatization catalyst and a zirconium hydrogen acceptor under methane-containing gas aromatization conditions to produce a product stream comprising aromatics and hydrogen, wherein at least a portion of the produced hydrogen is bound by the zirconium hydrogen acceptor in the reaction zone and removed from the product and the reaction zone as zirconium hydride, and wherein the weight ratio of zirconium hydrogen acceptor to the aromatization catalyst is at least 1:1.. . ... Shell Oil Company

Process for the aromatization of a methane-containing gas stream using titanium hydrogen acceptor particles

Implementations of the disclosed subject matter provide a process for the aromatization of a methane-containing gas stream that includes contacting the methane-containing gas stream in a reaction zone of an aromatization reactor comprising an aromatization catalyst and a titanium hydrogen acceptor under methane-containing gas aromatization conditions to produce a product stream comprising aromatics and hydrogen, wherein at least a portion of the produced hydrogen is bound by the titanium hydrogen acceptor in the reaction zone and removed from the product and the reaction zone as titanium hydride, and wherein the weight ratio of titanium hydrogen acceptor to the aromatization catalyst is at least 1:1.. . ... Shell Oil Company

Process for preparing a fertiliser

A process for preparing a micronutrient-enriched phosphate-based fertiliser is disclosed. An aqueous fertiliser mixture comprising phosphoric acid and/or phosphate rock is prepared and optionally granulated in granulator unit. ... Shell Oil Company

Method and system for lining a tubular

A liner having an outer surface coated with a fluid absorbing coating is cladded to a tubing string by inserting the folded liner into the tubing string and then unfolding the liner against the tubing string. The liner may be a long single thin foil corrosion resistant liner coated with a sticky glue and a hygroscopic and/or other fluid absorbing coating to absorb fluid pockets trapped between the tubing and liner and inhibit corrosion and leakage of, the elongate tubing string.. ... Shell Oil Company

Improved roll stability in a grease composition

A grease composition comprising a base oil and a fatty acid salt of lithium and/or calcium and having improved roll stability is disclosed.. . ... Shell Oil Company

Processes for the preparation of an olefinic product

The invention provides a process for the preparation of an olefinic product, the process comprising the steps of: (a) reacting an oxygenate feedstock, comprising oxygenate, in an oxygenate reaction zone in the presence of a catalyst comprising a molecular sieve, at a temperature in the range of from 350 to 1000° c., to produce a reaction effluent stream, comprising at least oxygenate, olefin, water and acidic by-products; (b) cooling the reaction effluent stream by means of an indirect heat exchange to provide a cooled reaction effluent stream at a temperature greater than the dew point temperature of reaction effluent stream; (c) passing the cooled reaction effluent stream into a quench tower and contacting the cooled reaction effluent stream with a first aqueous liquid in the presence of at least one set of quench tower internals, to produce a quench tower gaseous stream comprising the olefinic product and a quench tower liquid stream comprising condensed material; and (d) separating the quench tower liquid stream into a hydrocarbon quench tower liquid stream and an aqueous quench tower liquid stream in the presence of one or more coalescers.. . ... Shell Oil Company

End termination for three-phase insulated conductors

A fitting for coupling ends of cores of three insulated conductors includes an end termination placed over end portions of the three insulated conductors. The end termination includes three separate openings that pass through the end termination longitudinally. ... Shell Oil Company

Method of treating a subterranean formation with a mortar slurry designed to form a permeable mortar

A method of treating a subterranean formation may include preparing a mortar slurry, injecting the mortar slurry into the subterranean formation at a pressure sufficient to create a fracture in the subterranean formation, allowing the mortar slurry to set, forming a mortar in the fracture, and providing a pulse of pressure sufficient to reopen the fracture and thereby provide cracks in the set mortar. The mortar slurry may be designed to form a pervious mortar, to crack under fracture closure pressure, or both.. ... Shell Oil Company

Method of preventing hydrate formation in open water capture devices

. . An open water capture device comprising a structure, wherein the structure comprises an open bottom, a top, and one or more injection primary ports.. . ... Shell Oil Company

Fertilizer having reduced biuret content

The present invention discloses the use of a lignin compound to prepare a urea fertiliser having reduced biuret content.. . ... Shell Oil Company

Process for preparing a urea-sulphur fertilizer

A process for preparing a urea-sulphur fertiliser is disclosed. Urea and sulphur are supplied to a dispersion mill wherein a rotor turns within a slotted stator, thereby providing a dispersion of molten urea and molten sulphur; and the dispersion of molten urea and molten sulphur is supplied to a forming unit to provide the urea-sulphur fertiliser.. ... Shell Oil Company

System and method for making downhole mesaurements

A system and method for making downhole measurements utilize a neutron source (12) to create a marker (122) in an underground formation (2), a nuclear radiation detector (d, 124)) to detect gamma and/or other nuclear radiation emitted by the marker (122) and a downhole drilling progress monitoring unit (20) which generates real time information about incremental depth and/or associated rate of penetration (rop) of an automated or other drilling assembly (4) based on detection of the nuclear radiation and an axial distance l between the neutron source (120) and the nuclear radiation detector (d, 124) without requiring transmission of the real time incremental depth and/or rop data to surface equipment via a complex wired or wireless data transmission system.. . ... Shell Oil Company

11/10/16 / #20160326864

Steerable drilling method and system

A method for steerable drilling is presented herein. The method includes inducing a drill string rotation modulation system to modulate a rotational speed of a drill string during each revolution of the drill string. ... Shell Oil Company

11/10/16 / #20160326847

Method and system for inhibiting freezing of low salinity water in a subsea low salinity water injection flowline

A method for inhibiting freezing of low salinity water (h2o) in a subsea low salinity water injection flowline comprises providing the flowline with a pressure control system, which may include a high pressure pump and a pair of pressure shut in valves, which maintains an elevated fluid pressure within the flowline throughout low salinity water injection operations and shut in periods, during which periods the flowline remains filled with pressurized non frozen low salinity water (h2o) that may have a temperature of about −2 degrees celsius.. . ... Shell Oil Company

11/10/16 / #20160326824

Wellhead tiedown system

A system including a wellhead tiedown system, with a lock screw configured to move axially within an aperture of a spool, a first gland configured to couple to the spool within the aperture and block axial movement of the lock screw in a first direction, and a second gland configured to couple to the lock screw and block axial movement of the lock screw without rotation.. . ... Shell Oil Company

11/10/16 / #20160326448

Reduced emissions aromatics-containing jet fuels

Reduced emissions in a jet fuel having aromatics content can be achieved by incorporating a quantity of an aromatic kerosene fuel blending component, preferably a bio-derived synthetic aromatic kerosene, comprising at least 90 wt. % of aromatics, less than 10 wt. ... Shell Oil Company

11/10/16 / #20160326441

Process for liquefying a cellulosic material and its products

A process for liquefying a cellulosic material to produce a liquefied product from cellulosic material is provided. Products obtained from such process and use of such products to prepare biofuels is also provided.. ... Shell Oil Company

11/10/16 / #20160326066

Urea fertilizer having improved hardness

The present invention discloses a urea fertiliser having a lignin compound and elemental sulphur dispersed through-out the fertiliser and having improved hardness.. . ... Shell Oil Company

11/03/16 / #20160319659

Memory balls for capturing fracturing information

. . The present invention is a method to determine where fractures are created within a wellbore during a formation fracturing operation, the method comprising the steps of: providing at least one sensor within a carrier capable of measuring and recording a pressure difference across the carrier as a function of time; releasing the sensor into fracturing fluids; injecting fracturing fluids into a wellbore during a fracturing operation; after at least one fracture has formed, permitting fluids to flow back from the fractured formation into the wellbore and to a surface facility; capturing at least one sensor from the fluids which flowed back from the fractured formation; reading recorded data from the captured sensor; and determining the relative size of at least two different fractures based on the recorded data.. . ... Shell Oil Company

10/27/16 / #20160313159

Method of interpreting nmr signals to give multiphase fluid flow measurements for a gas/liquid system

A method for assessing a gas phase in a flowing multi-phase fluid comprises flowing the fluid through magnetic resonance and pre-polarization modules and applying to the fluid a radio-frequency pulse sequence at least once with and at least once without a magnetic field gradient. The method further includes measuring an nmr signal. ... Shell Oil Company

10/20/16 / #20160305068

Biomass treatment for hydrothermal hydrocatalytic conversion

A selective removal of metal and its anion species that are detrimental to subsequent hydrothermal hydrocatalytic conversion from the biomass feed prior to carrying out catalytic hydrogenation/hydrogenolysis/hydrodeoxygenation of the biomass in a manner that does not reduce the effectiveness of the hydrothermal hydrocatalytic treatment while minimizing the amount of water used in the process is provided.. . ... Shell Oil Company

10/20/16 / #20160304767

Internal olefin sulfonate composition and use thereof in enhanced oil recovery

The invention relates to an internal olefin sulfonate composition, which comprises an internal olefin sulfonate and a second surfactant which is selected from the group consisting of: (1) a compound of the formula (i) r—o—[r′—o]x—x wherein r is a hydrocarbyl group, r′—o is an alkylene oxide group, x is the number of alkylene oxide groups r′—o, and x is selected from the group consisting of: (i) a hydrogen atom; (ii) a group comprising a carboxylate moiety; and (iii) a group comprising a sulfonate moiety; (2) an alpha olefin sulfonate; and (3) an alkyl aromatic sulfonate; and wherein the weight ratio of the second surfactant to the internal olefin sulfonate is below 1:1. Further, the invention relates to a method of treating a hydrocarbon containing formation wherein said internal olefin sulfonate composition is used.. ... Shell Oil Company

10/20/16 / #20160304766

Use of internal olefin sulfonate composition in enhanced oil recovery

The invention relates to a method of treating a hydrocarbon containing formation wherein an internal olefin sulfonate composition is used, which comprises an internal olefin sulfonate and a second surfactant which is selected from the group consisting of: (1) a compound of the formula (i) r—o—[r′—o]x—x wherein r is a hydrocarbyl group, r′—o is an alkylene oxide group, x is the number of alkylene oxide groups r′—o, and x is selected from the group consisting of: (i) a hydrogen atom; (ii) a group comprising a carboxylate moiety; and (iii) a group comprising a sulfonate moiety; (2) an alpha olefin sulfonate; and (3) an alkyl aromatic sulfonate.. . ... Shell Oil Company

10/20/16 / #20160304432

Alkane oxidative dehydrogenation and/or alkene oxidation

The invention relates to a process of the oxidative dehydrogenation of an alkane containing 2 to 6 carbon atoms and/or the oxidation of an alkene containing 2 to 6 carbon atoms, wherein a gas stream comprising oxygen and the alkane and/or alkene is contacted with a mixed metal oxide catalyst containing molybdenum, vanadium, niobium and optionally tellurium, and wherein the linear velocity of said gas stream is at least 10 cm/sec.. . ... Shell Oil Company

10/20/16 / #20160304414

Alkane oxidative dehydrogenation and/or alkene oxidation

The invention relates to a process of the oxidative dehydrogenation of an alkane containing 2 to 6 carbon atoms and/or the oxidation of an alkene containing 2 to 6 carbon atoms, wherein a gas stream comprising oxygen and the alkane and/or alkene is contacted with a mixed metal oxide catalyst containing molybdenum, vanadium, niobium and optionally tellurium, and wherein the weight hourly space velocity is of from 2.1 to 25.0 hr−1 and the temperature is of from 300 to 500° c.. . ... Shell Oil Company

10/13/16 / #20160298293

Biomass treatment for hyperthermal hydrocatalytic conversion

A selective removal of metal and its anion species that are detrimental to subsequent hydrothermal hydrocatalytic conversion from the biomass feed prior to carrying out catalytic hydrogenation/hydrogenolysis/hydrodeoxygenation of the biomass in a manner that does not reduce the effectiveness of the hydrothermal hydrocatalytic treatment while minimizing the amount of water used in the process is provided.. . ... Shell Oil Company

10/13/16 / #20160298292

Biomass treatment for hydrothermal hydrocatalytic conversion

A selective removal of metal and its anion species that are detrimental to subsequent hydrothermal hydrocatalytic conversion from the biomass feed prior to carrying out catalytic hydrogenation/hydrogenolysis/hydrodeoxygenation of the biomass in a manner that does not reduce the effectiveness of the hydrothermal hydrocatalytic treatment while minimizing the amount of water used in the process is provided.. . ... Shell Oil Company

10/06/16 / #20160291849

Multi-touch interface for virtual manipulation of three-dimensional seismic data

A system for manipulating an image of a three-dimensional data volume comprises a data processing system, a touch screen electrically connected to the processing system so as to recognize a plurality of gestures, and a visual representation of a three-dimensional data volume displayed on the touch screen, wherein the processing system is configured to allow a user to select, view, and move a cross-section of said data volume by tapping a desired portion of the visual representation twice with a contact device and moving the contact device across the touch screen while maintaining contact with the touch screen after the second tap.. . ... Shell Oil Company

10/06/16 / #20160290835

Fiber optic cable system

A fiber optic cable system wherein one or more elongate metal strips extend parallel to each other in a longitudinal direction and at least one fiber optic cable is disposed adjacent to each of the one or more elongate metal strips. The at least one fiber optic cable also extends along the longitudinal direction. ... Shell Oil Company

10/06/16 / #20160290536

Hydraulic tubing system

A hydraulic tubing system wherein one or more elongate metal strips extend parallel to each other in a longitudinal direction and at least one hydraulic tubing line is disposed adjacent to the one or more elongate metal strips. The at least one hydraulic tubing line also extends along the longitudinal direction. ... Shell Oil Company

10/06/16 / #20160290085

Improved tool

A flow restriction device for restricting flow through a conduit.. . ... Shell Oil Company

10/06/16 / #20160289572

Method of making a hydroprocessing catalyst with a single step metal and chelant incorporation, the catalyst, and the use of the catalyst

A hydroprocessing catalyst composition that comprises a metal-incorporated support having incorporated therein a metal component and a chelating agent, and, further comprising a polar additive. The catalyst composition is prepared by incorporating in a single step at least one metal component and a chelating agent into a support material to form a metal-incorporated support followed by drying the metal-incorporated support and thereafter incorporating therein a polar additive.. ... Shell Oil Company

09/29/16 / #20160281488

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

09/29/16 / #20160281482

Circulated heated transfer fluid heating of subsurface hydrocarbon formations

A method of heating a subsurface formation includes introducing a molten salt into a first passageway of a conduit-in-conduit heater at a first location. The molten salt is passed through the conduit-in-conduit heater in the formation to a second location. ... Shell Oil Company

09/29/16 / #20160279566

Process for removing mercaptans from a gas stream

The present invention relates to a process for removing mercaptans from a gas stream. First, a gas stream comprising at least a mercaptan of the general formula r1—sh, wherein r1 is an alkyl group comprising 1 to 4 carbon atoms, may be contacted with an absorption medium comprising a solvent, a substituted disulfide of the general formula r2—ss—r3 wherein r2 and r3 are carbon comprising substituents of which the corresponding r2—sh and r3—sh thiols have a vapour pressure below the vapour pressure of any r1—sh thiol and at least one of r2 and r3 is an electron withdrawing group; and at least a catalytic amount of a base. ... Shell Oil Company

09/22/16 / #20160274257

User suite for interactive optimal stacking of wide azimuth seismic data

A method for generating an improved stack from wide azimuth data. This is accomplished by displaying gather traces in a geometrically sensible way that depends on gather and processing type. ... Shell Oil Company

09/22/16 / #20160273332

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. The system comprises a pump connected to a rotatable tool string driven by a drive system. ... Shell Oil Company

09/22/16 / #20160273329

Thermally activated strong acids

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

09/22/16 / #20160271852

Method for preparing coated binder units and device for use therein

A method for preparing coated binder units wherein the coated binder units comprise a core of binder coated with a layer of coating material, wherein the binder is a bituminous binder or a synthetic binder comprising a resin, an oil and optionally a polymer.. . ... Shell Oil Company

09/22/16 / #20160271594

Process for preparing a hydrotreating catalyst

Process for preparing a hydrotreating catalyst comprising of from 5 wt % to 50 wt % of molybdenum, of from 0.5 wt % to 20 wt % of cobalt, and of from 0 to 5 wt % of phosphorus, all based on total dry weight of catalyst, which process comprises (a) treating a nickel containing carrier with molybdenum, cobalt and of from 1 to 60% wt of gluconic acid, based on weight of carrier, and optionally phosphorus, (b) optionally drying the treated carrier at a temperature of from 40 to 200° c., and (c) calcining the treated and optionally dried carrier at a temperature of from 200 to 650° c. To obtain the calcined treated carrier.. ... Shell Oil Company

09/22/16 / #20160271592

Process for catalyst unloading facilitation

A process for facilitating the unloading of a fixed bed of cobalt/metal oxide catalyst particles from a reactor tube by (i) feeding a gas comprising 10 to 30 (vol/vol) percent of oxygen to the reactor tube with a ghsv for oxygen of 0.5 to 50 nl/l/hr, and (ii) removing the catalyst particles from the reactor tube. In the fixed bed of catalyst particles to which the oxygen comprising gas is fed in step (i) at most 10 mole % of the element cobalt is present in co3o4 and/or coo, calculated on the total amount of moles of cobalt in the catalyst particles.. ... Shell Oil Company

09/15/16 / #20160268753

Compaction of electrical insulation for joining insulated conductors

. . An apparatus and method for coupling ends of two insulated conductors includes coupling a core of a first insulated conductor to a core of a second insulated conductor. Exposed portions of the cores are located inside a box. ... Shell Oil Company

09/15/16 / #20160264879

Process for preparing a hydrotreating catalyst

Process for preparing a hydrotreating catalyst comprising of from 5 wt % to 50 wt % of molybdenum, of from 0.5 wt % to 20 wt % of nickel and of from 0 to 5 wt % of phosphorus, all based on total dry weight of catalyst, which process comprises (a) treating alumina carrier with molybdenum and nickel and of from 1 to 60% wt of gluconic acid, based on weight of carrier, and op tionally phosphorus, (b) optionally drying the treated carrier at a temperature of from 40 to 200° c., and (c) calcining the treated and optionally dried carrier at a temperature of from 200 to 650° c. To obtain the calcined treated carrier.. ... Shell Oil Company

09/15/16 / #20160264490

Process for converting oxygenates to olefins

A process for converting oxygenates to olefins comprising: a) feeding an oxygenate stream to a reactor; b) contacting the oxygenate stream with a molecular sieve catalyst to form products and coke on the catalyst; c) passing the products and entrained catalyst into a first gas/solid separation device to separate the products from the catalyst; d) removing the products from the first gas/solid separation device; e) passing a portion of the catalyst from the reactor to a regenerator; f) regenerating the catalyst in the regenerator by contacting it with a regeneration medium to combust the coke on the catalyst and form combustion products; and g) passing the combustion products and entrained catalyst into a second gas/solid separation device to separate the combustion products from the catalyst wherein the separation efficiency of the first gas/solid separation device is greater than the separation efficiency of the second gas/solid separation device.. . ... Shell Oil Company

09/08/16 / #20160258578

Loading assembly for conveying a pressurized gas stream and a switching system for use in a loading assembly

A loading assembly has a gas conduit that extends between a floating structure and another structure, to convey a pressurized gas stream between the two structures. An emergency disconnection coupler is configured in the gas conduit. ... Shell Oil Company

09/08/16 / #20160257904

Lubricating composition

The present invention provides the use of a lubricating composition for improving anti-foaming properties, in particular as determined according to astm d892, wherein the lubricating composition comprises (i) a base oil comprising fischer-tropsch derived base oil and (ii) from 0.0001 to 10 wt % of an anti-foam agent.. . ... Shell Oil Company

09/08/16 / #20160257626

Process for converting oxygenates to olefins

A process for converting oxygenates to olefins comprising: a) providing an oxygenate containing stream to an oxygenate to olefins conversion reactor; b) passing the oxygenate containing stream through a feed introduction system comprising one or more nozzles and one or more corresponding caps; c) contacting the oxygenate containing stream with a molecular sieve catalyst in the oxygenate to olefins conversion reactor to form an olefin containing product stream; and d) removing the product stream from the reactor.. . ... Shell Oil Company

09/08/16 / #20160257625

Process for converting oxygenates to olefins

A process for converting oxygenates to olefms comprising: a) contacting an oxygenate containing stream with a molecular sieve catalyst under oxygenate to olefms conversion conditions in a reactor to form an effluent comprising olefms; b) separating c3-hydrocarbons from c4+ hydrocarbons in the effluent; c) separating c1 hydrocarbons and other light gases from c2+ hydrocarbons; d) separating c2 hydrocarbons from the c3 hydrocarbons; e) sending the c3 hydrocarbons to a c3 splitter to separate pro pylene from propane; f) removing propylene from the c3 splitter; and g) removing propane from the c3 splitter.. . ... Shell Oil Company

09/08/16 / #20160256858

Zsm-5, its preparation and use in ethylbenzene dealkylation

A new configuration of zsm-5 is provided whereby the crystals have a higher average silica to alumina ratio at the edges of each crystallite than in the centre as determined from a narrow slit line scan profile obtained from sem/edx or tem/edx elemental analysis. Such zsm-5 crystals are obtained by a preparation process using l-tartaric acid. ... Shell Oil Company

09/08/16 / #20160256856

Catalyst and process for hydroconversion of a heavy feedstock

A hydroconversion catalyst comprising a group vib metal component, a group viii metal component and a carrier material is disclosed wherein the catalyst has a total pore volume of 0.5 to 0.9 cc/g; and a pore volume distribution such that greater than 60% of pore volume are in pores present as micropores of diameter between 55 and 115 Å, less than 0.12 cc/g of pore volume are in pores present at pores of diameter greater than 160 Å and greater than 5% of the total pore volume is in pores of diameter greater than 210 Å.. . ... Shell Oil Company

09/01/16 / #20160251931

Riserless completions

. . A downhole barrier system comprising: a wellbore; an upper packer; upper barrier valve; a pressure sensor; a ported sub; a lower packer; a lower pack flow port sliding sleeve; and a lower barrier valve.. . ... Shell Oil Company

09/01/16 / #20160251583

Process for the conversion of a paraffinic feedstock

The invention relates to a process for the conversion of a paraffinic feedstock that comprises at least 50 wt % of compounds boiling above 370° c. And which has a paraffin content of at least 60 wt %, an aromatics content of below 1 wt %, a naphthenic content below 2 wt %, a nitrogen content of below 0.1 wt %, and a sulphur content of below 0.1 wt %, the process comprising: a) subjecting the paraffinic feedstock to a hydroprocessing step to obtain an at least partially isomerised feedstock; b) separating the at least partially isomerised feedstock into one or more middle distillate fractions and a first residual fraction, wherein step a) is carried out by contacting the paraffinic feedstock with a first catalyst having hydrocracking and hydroisomerising activity and then with a second catalyst having hydrocracking and hydroisomerising activity, wherein the second catalyst is more active in hydroisomerisation and less active in hydrocracking than the first catalyst.. ... Shell Oil Company

09/01/16 / #20160251280

Process for the aromatization of alkanes in an alkane-containing gas stream

A process for the aromatization of alkanes in an alkane-containing gas stream, which alkane-containing gas stream contains at least one alkane selected from the group consisting of ethane, propane or butane and contains essentially no methane, comprising contacting the alkane-containing gas stream in a reaction zone with a moving bed comprising an aromatization catalyst and a hydrogen acceptor under alkane aromatization conditions to produce a product stream comprising aromatics and hydrogen wherein at least a portion of the hydrogen is bound by the hydrogen acceptor in the reaction zone and removed from the product and the reaction zone.. . ... Shell Oil Company

09/01/16 / #20160251279

A process for the aromatization of alkanes in an alkane-containing gas stream

A process for the aromatization of alkanes in an alkane-containing gas stream comprising: contacting the alkane-containing gas stream in a reactor with a fluidized bed comprising an aromatization catalyst and a hydrogen acceptor under alkane aromatization conditions to produce a product stream comprising aromatics and hydrogen wherein the hydrogen is, at least in part, bound by the hydrogen acceptor in the reaction zone and removed from the product and the reaction zone.. . ... Shell Oil Company

09/01/16 / #20160251277

A process for converting oxygenates to olefins

A process for converting oxygenates to olefins comprising: a) contacting an oxygenate containing stream with a molecular sieve catalyst under oxygenate to olefins conversion conditions in a reactor to form an effluent comprising olefins and entrained solids; b) removing the effluent from the reactor; and c) passing the effluent to a cyclone for separation of the olefins from any entrained solids wherein at least one of the inner surfaces of the cyclone is coated with a protective layer.. . ... Shell Oil Company

08/18/16 / #20160238288

Method of monitoring an air operated heat exchanger and an air operated heat exchanger

An air operated heat exchanger has a plurality of process tubes for process fluid, a plurality of rotating fans to move ambient air along an air stream path past the plurality of process tubes. At least one optical fibre is configured within the one or more air stream paths. ... Shell Oil Company

08/18/16 / #20160237360

Biomass conversion systems providing integrated stabilization of a hydrolysate using a slurry catalyst following biomass pretreatment and methods for use thereof

Digestion of cellulosic biomass solids to form a hydrolysate may be conducted with integrated catalytic reduction during digestion to transform soluble carbohydrates in the hydrolysate into a more stable reaction product. Such integrated catalytic reduction may be conducted using a slurry catalyst. ... Shell Oil Company

08/18/16 / #20160237359

Biomass conversion systems providing integrated stabilization of a hydrolysate using a slurry catalyst and methods for use thereof

Digestion of cellulosic biomass solids to form a hydrolysate may be conducted with integrated catalytic reduction during digestion to transform soluble carbohydrates in the hydrolysate into a more stable reaction product. Such integrated catalytic reduction may be conducted using a slurry catalyst. ... Shell Oil Company

08/18/16 / #20160237005

Process for the oxidative dehydrogenation of ethane to ethylene

The present invention provides a process for the oxidative dehydrogenation of ethane to ethylene, the process at least comprising the steps of: (a) providing an ethane-containing stream (10); (b) subjecting the ethane-containing stream (10) provided in step (a) to oxidative dehydrogenation, thereby obtaining a stream (20) containing at least ethylene, water and acetic acid; (c) separating acetic acid from the stream (20) obtained in step (b), thereby obtaining a concentrated acetic acid stream (60) and a first ethylene-enriched stream (40); (d) subjecting the concentrated acetic acid stream (60) obtained in step (c) to hydrogenation thereby obtaining an ethanol-containing stream (80); and (e) subjecting the ethanol-containing stream (80) obtained in step (d) to dehydration thereby obtaining a second ethylene-enriched stream (90).. . ... Shell Oil Company

08/18/16 / #20160236756

Tandem and side-by-side mooring offlaoding systems and associated methods

A mooring system comprising: an offshore structure comprising one or more hawsers; a vessel; a first mooring line; and a second mooring line.. . ... Shell Oil Company

08/11/16 / #20160231523

High temperature fiber optic cable

A fiber optic cable includes an outer tube, a ceramic fiber sleeve within the outer tube, and an optical fiber having a metal plating within the ceramic fiber sleeve. A method of forming a fiber optic cable includes placing a metal plated optical fiber in a ceramic fiber sleeve, and placing the ceramic fiber sleeve in an outer tube.. ... Shell Oil Company

08/11/16 / #20160231219

Method of detecting flow status in an olefin heater tube

A method of indicating flow status of a first of a plurality of tubes of an olefin heater includes obtaining a set of pressure measurements from the tube over a period of time; determining a standard deviation of the tube, based on the set of measurements; obtaining a second set of pressure measurements from the tube over a second period of time; determining a second standard deviation of the tube, based on the second set of measurements; comparing the standard deviation and the second standard deviation to get a deviation change; determining an overall standard deviation of the plurality of tubes; determining whether the deviation change differs from the overall standard deviation by more than a predetermined limit; and responsive to a determination that the deviation change differs from the overall standard deviation by more than the predetermined limit, generating output indicating a flow status of the tube.. . ... Shell Oil Company

08/11/16 / #20160230541

Method and system for monitoring fluid flux in a well

Fluid flux in a fluid injection and/or hydrocarbon fluid production well is monitored in a cost efficient and accurate manner by inducing the fluid flux to move an acoustic emission device in a longitudinal direction through the well, measuring a longitudinal velocity (v) of the acoustic emission device at various longitudinally spaced locations in the well using a fiber optical distributed acoustic sensing (das) assembly which monitors the longitudinal position of the acoustic emission device against time along at least part of the length of the well, and monitoring the fluid flux at various locations along the length of the well on the basis on the measured velocity (v) of the acoustic emission device.. . ... Shell Oil Company

08/11/16 / #20160230109

Fischer-tropsch derived gas oil fraction

The present invention provides a fischer-tropsch derived gas oil fraction having an initial boiling point of at least 300° c. And a final boiling point of at most 365° c. ... Shell Oil Company

08/11/16 / #20160230105

Fischer-tropsch derived gas oil

The present invention provides a fischer-tropsch derived gas oil having an initial boiling point of at least 175° c. And a final boiling point of at most 360° c. ... Shell Oil Company

08/11/16 / #20160230100

Fischer-tropsch derived gas oil fraction

The present invention provides a fischer-tropsch derived gas oil fraction having an initial boiling point of at least 185° c. And a final boiling point of at most 225° c. ... Shell Oil Company

08/04/16 / #20160223695

Producing a hydrocarbon fluid wherein using a fiber optical distributed acoustic sensing (das) assembly

A method of producing a hydrocarbon fluid from a subsurface formation, wherein use is made of a directionally sensitive distributed acoustic sensing (das) fiber optical assembly having adjacent lengths of optical fiber (a,b) with different directional acoustic sensitivities, which are used to detect the direction (α) of acoustic signals relative to the lengths of optical fiber (a,b).. . ... Shell Oil Company

08/04/16 / #20160222307

Fischer-tropsch derived gas oil

The present invention provides a fischer-tropsch derived gas oil having an initial boiling point of at least 165° c. And a final boiling point of at most 360° c. ... Shell Oil Company

08/04/16 / #20160221903

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, wherein the saccharide-containing feedstock in the feed pipe is maintained at a temperature below the degradation temperature of the saccharide contained therein and a section of the wall of the reactor at the point where the feed pipe enters the reactor is cooled to a temperature below the temperature of the bulk of the reactor and the reactor contents.. . ... Shell Oil Company

07/28/16 / #20160215230

Fischer-tropsch derived gas oil fraction

The present invention provides a fischer-tropsch derived gas oil fraction having an initial boiling point of at least 165° c. And a final boiling point of at most 200° c. ... Shell Oil Company

07/28/16 / #20160215229

Fischer-tropsch derived gas oil fraction

The present invention provides a fischer-tropsch derived gas oil fraction having an initial boiling point of at least 245° c. And a final boiling point of at most 275° c. ... Shell Oil Company

07/28/16 / #20160215225

Fischer-tropsch derived gas oil

The present invention provides a fischer-tropsch derived gas oil having an initial boiling point of at least 165° c. And a final boiling point of at most 360° c. ... Shell Oil Company

07/21/16 / #20160209529

Seismic acquisition method and system

Seismic pulses are emitted are emitted with consecutive time intervals that follow a pattern described by several golomb rulers, wherein at least two of the golomb rulers have at least four marks, such that pair-wise time intervals between seismic pulse emissions are different, to distinguish seismic reflections stemming from different seismic pulses and/or seismic sources from each other. This allows executing seismic surveys with several simultaneously operated seismic source arrays, thereby reducing the survey cost. ... Shell Oil Company

07/21/16 / #20160208185

Fischer-tropsch derived gas oil fraction

The present invention provides a fischer-tropsch derived gas oil fraction having an initial boiling point of at least 215° c. And a final boiling point of at most 250° c. ... Shell Oil Company

07/21/16 / #20160208184

Fischer-tropsch derived gas oil fraction

The present invention provides a fischer-tropsch derived gas oil fraction having an initial boiling point of at least 270° c. And a final boiling point of at most 305° c. ... Shell Oil Company

07/21/16 / #20160207856

Process for the preparation of glycols

The invention provides a process for the preparation of ethylene glycol and 1, 2-propylene glycol from starting material comprising one or more saccharides, wherein the process comprises the steps of i) providing the starting material and hydrogen to a first reactor, which first reactor operates with mixing; ii) reacting said starting material and hydrogen in the first reactor in the presence of solvent and a catalyst system; iii) continuously removing a first reactor product stream from the first reactor; iv) supplying at least a portion of the first reactor product stream to a second reactor, which reactor operates essentially in a plug flow manner; and v) further reacting the first reactor product stream with hydrogen in the presence of a solvent and optionally a catalyst system in the second reactor.. . ... Shell Oil Company

07/21/16 / #20160207593

Offset installation systems

A subsea buoy comprising: a frame comprising one or more winches and a subsea equipment attachment point and one or more buoyancy modules attached to the frame and associated systems and methods.. . ... Shell Oil Company

07/14/16 / #20160199817

Nitrous oxide decomposition catalyst

The present invention provides a catalyst for the decomposition of nitrous oxide, said catalyst comprising oxides of cobalt, zinc and aluminium and an alkali metal promoter.. . ... Shell Oil Company

06/16/16 / #20160169790

System and method for testing exposure of a hydrocarbon on a component

A tester, systems and method for testing hydrocarbons are provided. The tester includes a test module supporting the component thereabout. ... Shell Oil Company

06/16/16 / #20160168490

Process to prepare two or more base oils

The present invention provides a process to prepare two or more base oils, which process at least comprises the following steps: (a) providing a paraffmic hydrocarbon feedstock stream; (b) subjecting a paraffmic hydrocarbon feedstock stream provided in step (a) to a hydrocracking/hydroisomerization step to obtain an at least partially isomerised product stream; (c) separating the product stream of step (b), thereby obtaining a lower boiling fraction and a higher boiling fraction; (d) dewaxing the lower boiling fraction of step (c) to obtain a light base oil; and (e) dewaxing the higher boiling fraction of step (c) to obtain a heavy base oil.. . ... Shell Oil Company

06/16/16 / #20160168448

Enhanced oil recovery by surfactants in wide salinity range

The invention relates to a method of treating a hydrocarbon containing formation, comprising the following steps: a) providing a composition comprising two or more surfactants to at least a portion of the hydrocarbon containing formation having a salinity, wherein said two or more surfactants are selected such that the salinity range within which the interfacial tension between water and the hydrocarbons in the hydrocarbon containing formation can be reduced to a certain level is widened as compared to the cases wherein only one of said two or more surfactants is used; and b) allowing said two or more surfactants from the composition to interact with the hydrocarbons in the hydrocarbon containing formation.. . ... Shell Oil Company

06/09/16 / #20160160614

Subsea containment separator

An open water capture device comprising: a subsea collector and a subsea containment separator connected to the subsea collector, wherein the subsea containment separator comprises a top surface, a bottom surface, an outer surface, a riser comprising a diffuser section, wherein the riser penetrates the bottom surface of the subsea containment separator, and a baffle, wherein the baffle defines a first concentric annular region and a second concentric annular region.. . ... Shell Oil Company

06/09/16 / #20160160128

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

06/02/16 / #20160152917

Lubricating oil additive and lubricating oil composition

A lubricating oil additive comprising an organic molybdenum compound represented by general formula (1) below: wherein in formula (1), r1 denotes a straight chain or branched chain alkyl group represented by the general formula cnh2n+1 (n is a positive integer) or a cyclohexyl group, r2 denotes a methyl group or an ethyl group, and r1 and r2 are different. The lubricating oil additive is suitable for use as a friction modifier in a lubricating composition and is able to adjust frictional properties to a suitable level.. ... Shell Oil Company

05/26/16 / #20160145985

Pyrolysis to pressurise oil formations

Methods and systems for treating a subsurface hydrocarbon formation are described herein. In some embodiments, method for treating a subsurface hydrocarbon formation is provide wherein the hydrocarbon formation comprises a kerogen containing formation that is adjacent to a formation containing liquid hydrocarbons and not having a natural recharging system, the method comprising the steps of: providing heat sources in the kerogen containing formation; energizing the heat sources to heat the kerogen containing formation; heating at least a portion of the kerogen containing formation to a temperature and for a time period sufficient to pyrolyze at least some of the kerogen; limiting production of pyrolyzed hydrocarbons so that the pyrolyzed hydrocarbons increase the pressure within the formation containing liquid hydrocarbons; and producing hydrocarbons from the formation containing liquid hydrocarbons.. ... Shell Oil Company

05/26/16 / #20160145528

Lubricating oil additive and lubricating oil composition

A lubricating oil additive comprising an organic molybdenum compound represented by general formula (1) below: (1) wherein in formula (1), r1 denotes a straight chain or branched chain alkyl group represented by the general formula cnh2n+1 (n is a positive integer) or a cyclohexyl group, r2 denotes a methyl group or an ethyl group, and r1 and r2 are different. The lubricating oil additive is able to adjust frictional properties to a suitable level.. ... Shell Oil Company

05/19/16 / #20160138955

Fluid loss sensor and method

The invention discloses a sensor and method for measuring fluid loss. The fluid loss sensor comprises: a first fluid container, comprising a permeable section, a fluid inlet and a first fluid outlet; a second fluid container enclosing an outer surface of the permeable section and having a second fluid outlet; and a fluid flow sensor for measuring fluid flow in the fluid outlet. ... Shell Oil Company

05/19/16 / #20160138862

Method and apparatus for cooling a hydrocarbon stream

A hydrocarbon stream, such as natural gas, is commonly cooled together with a first refrigerant stream, against an evaporating refrigerant in a series of one or more consecutively arranged common heat exchangers. The series comprises of one or more consecutively arranged common heat exchangers comprise a first common heat exchanger, upstream of which first common heat exchanger the hydrocarbon stream and the first refrigerant stream are not commonly cooled. ... Shell Oil Company

05/12/16 / #20160130918

Jumper line configurations for hydrate inhibition

A jumper line system comprising: a first subsea device; a second subsea device; and a jumper line providing fluid communication between the first subsea device and the second subsea device, wherein the jumper line does not comprise a valley.. . ... Shell Oil Company

05/12/16 / #20160130913

Subsea production cooler

A subsea production cooler module comprising: a core; a coiled tubing disposed around the core, wherein the coiled tubing comprises an inlet and an outlet; and a shroud at least partially encasing the core and the coiled tubing.. . ... Shell Oil Company

05/12/16 / #20160129428

Self-activating hydroprocessing catalyst having enhanced activity and self-activation characteristics and its use for treating resid feedstocks

A self-activating catalyst for treating heavy hydrocarbon feedstocks that comprises a calcined particle treated with a sulfoxide compound in the presence of hydrogen. The calcined particle comprises a co-mulled mixture made by co-mulling inorganic oxide powder, molybdenum trioxide powder, and a nickel compound and then forming the co-mulled mixture into a particle that is calcined to thereby provide the calcined particle. ... Shell Oil Company

05/05/16 / #20160123131

Deepwater low-rate appraisal production systems

A method for appraising a deepwater well comprising: producing a first quantity of hydrocarbon from an undersea reservoir; transporting the first quantity of hydrocarbon to a floating vessel; off loading the first quantity of hydrocarbon from the vessel; producing a second quantity of hydrocarbon from the undersea reservoir; and transporting the second quantity of hydrocarbon to the floating vessel.. . ... Shell Oil Company

05/05/16 / #20160123119

Method of upscaling a discrete fracture network model

A discrete fracture network model is upscaled to a simulation grid having effective permeabilities for each grid cell. Prior to computing the effective permeabilities, the grid cells are grouped in distinct grid cell clusters, such that flow via fractures is only possible between grid cells that mutually belong to the same grid cell cluster. ... Shell Oil Company

05/05/16 / #20160122837

Treating biomass to produce materials useful for biofuels

Fermentable sugar useful for the production of biofuels can be produced from biomass by contacting the biomass with a solution containing at least one α-hydroxysulfonic acid. The α-hydroxysulfonic acid can be easily removed from the product and recycled.. ... Shell Oil Company

05/05/16 / #20160122281

Process for producing aromatic carbonates

This invention provides a method for producing an alkylaryl carbonate comprising: a) contacting a stream comprising an aromatic hydroxy compound and a stream comprising a dialkylcarbonate in the presence of a transesterification catalyst in a reactive distillation column; b) withdrawing a first product stream comprising the alkylaryl carbonate from the reactive distillation column; c) withdrawing a second product stream comprising alkyl hydroxy compound and dialkylcarbonate; d) adding fresh dialkylcarbonate to the second product stream; e) separating the dialkylcarbonate from the alkyl hydroxy compound; and f) recycling the dialkylcarbonate from step e) to the reactive distillation column.. . ... Shell Oil Company

04/28/16 / #20160115760

Control systems comprising supplementary closure devices and inwardly inflating pack-off devices

A supplementary closure device system comprising: a tubular, a supplementary closure device disposed in the tubular, wherein the supplementary close device comprises a housing and one or more flapper fingers disposed on the housing, and a pack-off device and associated methods.. . ... Shell Oil Company

04/28/16 / #20160115403

Hydrocracking process integrated with vacuum distillation and solvent dewaxing to reduce heavy polycyclic aromatic buildup

An integrated hydrocracking, vacuum distillation and solvent deasphalting process that provides for controlling the amount of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in a heavy oil recycle stream by separating a portion of the heavy oil recycle stream into various fractions in a vacuum distillation unit, and processing the various fractions in a manner, including solvent deasphalting, that allows for the control of the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in the heavy oil recycle stream.. . ... Shell Oil Company

04/28/16 / #20160114315

Hydroprocessing catalyst composition containing an acetoacetic acid compound, a method of making such a catalyst, and a process of using such catalyst

A composition that comprises a support material having incorporated therein a metal component and impregnated with an additive compound that is an acetoacetic acid compound. The composition includes the support material that is impregnated with the additive compound and is useful in the hydroprocessing of hydrocarbon feedstocks, especially in the denitrogenation and desulfurization of distillate feedstocks to make ultra low sulfur diesel.. ... Shell Oil Company

04/07/16 / #20160097006

Hydrocracking process integrated with solvent deasphalting to reduce heavy polycyclic aromatic buildup in heavy oil hydrocracker recycle stream

An integrated hydrocracking and solvent deasphalting process that provides for removal from the heavy oil recycle stream heavy polycyclic aromatic compounds formed in the hydrocracking step and recycling the resulting deasphalted paraffinic oil as a feed to the hydrocracker reactor of the process for further conversion.. . ... Shell Oil Company

04/07/16 / #20160097005

Systems and processes for separating emulsified water from a fluid stream

Decreasing the water content of an organic phase can often be desirable, but low water levels can be difficult to achieve at high fluxes when the water is present in an emulsified form, such as in a water-in-oil emulsion. Processes for de-emulsifying a fluid stream containing emulsified water, such as water-in-crude oil emulsions, include introduction of the fluid stream into a vessel that defines a coalescence zone. ... Shell Oil Company

04/07/16 / #20160097004

Processes for desalting crude oil under dynamic flow conditions

Presented is a process for desalting crude oil. The process includes mixing a partially dehydrated crude oil, comprising less than 10 vol. ... Shell Oil Company

04/07/16 / #20160097003

Systems and processes for separating emulsified water from a fluid stream

Low-water content organic phases can be difficult to achieve at high fluxes when water is present in an emulsified form, such as in a water-in-oil emulsion. Processes for de-emulsifying a fluid stream containing emulsified water, such as water-in-crude oil emulsions, include introduction of the fluid stream into a vessel that defines a coalescence zone. ... Shell Oil Company

04/07/16 / #20160097000

Methods and systems for processing cellulosic biomass

Digestion of cellulosic biomass solids may be complicated by release of lignin therefrom. Methods and systems for processing a reaction product containing lignin-derived products, such as phenolics, can comprise hydrotreating the reaction product to convert the lignin-derived products to desired higher molecular weight compounds. ... Shell Oil Company

04/07/16 / #20160096999

Methods and systems for processing cellulosic biomass

Digestion of cellulosic biomass solids may be complicated by release of lignin therefrom. Methods and systems for processing a reaction product containing lignin-derived products, such as phenolics, can comprise hydrotreating the reaction product to convert the lignin-derived products to desired higher molecular weight compounds. ... Shell Oil Company

04/07/16 / #20160096995

Methods and systems for processing cellulosic biomass

Digestion of cellulosic biomass solids may be complicated by release of lignin therefrom. Methods and systems for processing a reaction product containing lignin-derived products, such as phenolics, can comprise hydrotreating the reaction product to convert the lignin-derived products to desired higher molecular weight compounds. ... Shell Oil Company

04/07/16 / #20160096790

Process for the separation of 1,4-butanediol

The invention provides a process for the recovery of 1,4-butanediol from an aqueous stream, said process comprising the steps of providing the aqueous stream, providing a first solvent stream, combining said aqueous stream with said first solvent stream and recovering at least a portion of the 1,4-butanediol by liquid-liquid extraction.. . ... Shell Oil Company

04/07/16 / #20160096789

Process for the preparation of monoethylene glycol

The invention provides a process for the preparation of monoethylene glycol from sucrose comprising the steps of: i) hydrolysing sucrose to form a reaction product stream comprising glucose and fructose; ii) separating the reaction product stream comprising glucose and fructose into a fructose or fructose derivative rich stream and a glucose rich stream; and iii) contacting the glucose rich stream with hydrogen in a reactor in the presence of a solvent and a catalyst system with catalytic hydrogenation abilities to produce a product stream comprising monoethylene glycol.. . ... Shell Oil Company

04/07/16 / #20160096692

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

03/31/16 / #20160090612

Gene distruptants producing fatty acyl-coa derivatives

This invention provides microbial organisms, particularly yeasts such as yarrowia lipolytica, that have one or more disrupted genes. The gene disruption(s) may yield improved production of fatty acyl-coa derivatives.. ... Shell Oil Company

03/31/16 / #20160090342

Glycol recovery with solvent extraction

A method of recovering an alcohol from an aqueous stream comprising: providing an aqueous stream comprising water and an alcohol; providing a solvent stream; combining the aqueous stream and the solvent stream; and recovering at least a portion of the alcohol by liquid-liquid extraction.. . ... Shell Oil Company

03/24/16 / #20160084051

In situ recovery from residually heated sections in a hydrocarbon containing formation

Methods of treating a tar sands formation is described herein. The methods may include providing heat to a first section of a hydrocarbon layer in the formation from a plurality of heaters located in the first section of the formation. ... Shell Oil Company

03/24/16 / #20160084011

Insert and method for directional drilling

An insert to convert a conventional rotary drill bit to a rotary steerable bit for a rotational directional drilling system. The insert comprises a cylindrical body adapted to be arranged within an intermediate space of the drill bit for receiving drilling fluid from a drill string and selectively directing the drilling fluid to nozzles of the drill bit. ... Shell Oil Company

03/24/16 / #20160083318

Process for the preparation of glycols

The invention provides a process for the preparation of ethylene glycol and 1,2-propylene glycol from starting material comprising one or more saccharides, by contacting said starting material with hydrogen in a reactor in the presence of a solvent and a catalyst system with catalytic hydrogenation abilities, wherein the process comprises the steps of: i) introducing a first portion of the starting material into the reactor such that the initial concentration of the saccharide in the solvent in the reactor is no more than 2 wt %; ii) allowing at least 90 wt % of the saccharide in the first portion of the starting material to react; iii) subsequently adding further portions of starting material to the reactor over time; and removing reaction product from the reactor.. . ... Shell Oil Company

03/17/16 / #20160076305

Method and system for directional drilling

A method, system and bit steering assembly for directional drilling of a borehole in a formation is presented. The method includes the steps of: providing a drill string having a central fluid passage extending along a longitudinal axis of the drill string for passing drilling fluid to the drill bit. ... Shell Oil Company

03/17/16 / #20160075936

Formation preconditioning using an aqueous polymer preflush

A method of producing fluid from a formation containing hydrocarbons in which an aqueous polymer preflush fluid is injected into the formation followed by injection of an aqueous polymer displacement fluid, where the aqueous polymer preflush fluid has a total dissolved solids content that is greater than the total dissolved solids content of the aqueous polymer displacement fluid.. . ... Shell Oil Company

03/17/16 / #20160074846

Hydrocracking catalyst

Process for preparing a hydrocracking catalyst carrier which process comprises subjecting a carrier comprising an amorphous binder and zeolite y having a silica to alumina molar ratio of at least 10 to calcination at a temperature of from 700 to 900° c., hydrocracking catalyst carrier comprising amorphous binder and zeolite y having a silica to alumina molar ratio of at least 10, the infrared spectrum of which catalyst has a peak at 3690 cm−1, substantially reduced peaks at 3630 cm−1 and 3565 cm−1 and no peak at 3600 cm−1, hydrocracking catalyst carrier comprising an amorphous binder and zeolite y having a silica to alumina molar ratio of at least 10, which catalyst has an acidity as measured by exchange with perdeuterated benzene of at most 20 micromole/gram, hydrocracking catalyst derived from such carrier and hydrocracking process with the help of such catalyst.. . ... Shell Oil Company

03/10/16 / #20160069609

Method of liquefying a contaminated hydrocarbon-containing gas stream

A method of liquefying a contaminated hydrocarbon-containing gas stream includes cooling the stream in a first heat exchanger and cooling the cooled stream in an expander to obtain a partially liquefied stream. The method further includes separating the partially liquefied stream in a separator to obtain a gaseous stream and a liquid stream. ... Shell Oil Company

03/10/16 / #20160067686

Process for preparing a sulphided catalyst

The invention provides a process for preparing a sulphided catalyst comprising the steps of (a) treating a catalyst carrier with one or more group vib metal components, one or more group viii metal components and a glycolic acid ethoxylate ether compound according to the formula (i) r—(ch2)x—ch2—o—[—(ch2)2—o—]m—ch2—cooh (i) wherein r is a hydrocarbyl group containing of from 5 to 20 carbon atoms, x is in the range of from 1 to 15, and m is in the range of from 1 to 10, and wherein the molar ratio of compound (i) to the group vib and group viii metal content is at least 0.01:1 to 1:0.01; (b) drying the treated catalyst carrier at a temperature of at most 200° c. To form a dried impregnated carrier; and (c) sulphiding the dried impregnated carrier to obtain a sulphided catalyst.. ... Shell Oil Company

03/10/16 / #20160067685

Selenium-containing hydroprocessing catalyst, its use, and method of preparation

A hydroprocessing catalyst composition that comprises a support material and a selenium component and which support material further includes at least one hydrogenation metal component. The hydroprocessing catalyst is prepared by incorporating a selenium component into a support particle and, after calcination thereof, incorporating at least one hydrogenation metal component into the selenium-containing support. ... Shell Oil Company

03/03/16 / #20160063150

Enhanced oil recovery using digital core sample

Performing an enhanced oil recovery (eor) injection operation in an oilfield having a reservoir may include obtaining a eor scenarios that each include a chemical agent, obtaining a three-dimensional (3d) porous solid image of a core sample, and generating a 3d pore scale model from the 3d porous solid image. The core sample is a 3d porous medium representing a portion of the oilfield. ... Shell Oil Company

03/03/16 / #20160061019

Method and system for directional drilling

A system, method and drill string component for directional drilling of a borehole in a formation is presented. The system includes a rotatable drill string, a rotatable drill bit comprising an intermediate space for receiving drilling fluid from the drill string and at least two nozzles for ejecting the drilling fluid. ... Shell Oil Company

03/03/16 / #20160059222

Hydroprocessing catalyst prepared with waste catalyst fines and its use

A hydroprocessing catalyst composition that comprises a shaped support that is formed from a mixture of inorganic oxide powder and catalyst fines and wherein the shaped support has incorporated therein at least one metal component, a chelating agent and a polar additive. The hydroprocessing catalyst composition is prepared by incorporating into the shaped support a metal component, a chelating agent and a polar additive. ... Shell Oil Company

02/25/16 / #20160053609

Leak detection in circulated fluid systems for heating subsurface formations

A method of treating a subsurface formation includes circulating at least one molten salt through at least one conduit of a conduit-in-conduit heater located in the formation to heat hydrocarbons in the formation to at least a mobilization temperature of the hydrocarbons. At least some of the hydrocarbons are produced from the formation. ... Shell Oil Company

02/25/16 / #20160053590

Method and system for surface enhancement of tubulars

The invention discloses a method for surface enhancement of a pipe. The method includes the steps of: introducing the pipe in a wellbore; introducing cement slurry in the pipe from surface; introducing an expander cone in the pipe on top of the cement slurry, the expander cone having a largest outer diameter which is larger than the initial inner diameter of the pipe; pumping the expander cone towards the downhole end of the pipe, thereby moving the cement slurry to the downhole end and out of the downhole end and into an annulus enclosing the pipe, while and at the same time expanding the inner diameter of the pipe.. ... Shell Oil Company

02/25/16 / #20160052843

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 a reaction product is continuously removed from the reactor and wherein the saccharide-containing feedstock is provided through the feed pipe as a pulsed flow and is alternated with a second feed stream comprising a solvent being provided through the same feed pipe.. . ... Shell Oil Company

02/18/16 / #20160046567

Process for treating biomass to produce materials useful for biofuels

Since biomass is always accompanied by caustic inorganic materials, we have found that the formation of the anion salt of α-hydroxysulfonic acid represent the largest “loss” of the α-hydroxysulfonic acid in the potential reversible acid pretreatment process. By titrating the α-hydroxysulfonic acid salt with strong mineral acid and then reverting the alfa-hydroxysulfonic acid as its primary components, the acid components can be recovered substantially quantitatively.. ... Shell Oil Company

02/18/16 / #20160046554

Process for producing styrene

The invention relates to a process for producing styrene, comprising reacting benzene and acetic acid into methyl phenyl ketone and converting the methyl phenyl ketone into styrene. Preferably, the methyl phenyl ketone is converted into styrene by converting the methyl phenyl ketone into methyl phenyl carbinol and converting the methyl phenyl carbinol into styrene.. ... Shell Oil Company

02/18/16 / #20160045910

Process for rejuvenation of a used hydrotreating catalyst

The invention provides a process for rejuvenation of a used hydrotreating catalyst comprising at least 8% wt of coke and one or more non-noble group viii and/or group vib metals, which process comprises the steps of: (i) removing coke from the used hydrotreating catalyst; and (ii) treating the catalyst obtained in step (i) with of from 2 to 60% wt of gluconic acid, based on weight of dry catalyst.. . ... Shell Oil Company

02/11/16 / #20160040521

Methods for separating oil and/or gas mixtures

A method for producing oil, comprising injecting water and a solvent into a formation; producing a mixture comprising water, solvent, oil, and gas from the formation; separating the mixture into a first stream comprising oil, water, and a first portion of the solvent, and a second stream comprising gas and a second portion of the solvent, and exposing the second stream to water to remove the second portion of the solvent from the gas.. . ... Shell Oil Company

02/11/16 / #20160040494

Method and system for surface enhancement of tubulars

The invention discloses a method and system for surface enhancement of a pipe. The method includes the steps of: introducing the pipe in a wellbore; and applying a ribbed pattern to the inner surface of the pipe. ... Shell Oil Company

02/11/16 / #20160040139

Pentose fermentation by a recombinant microorganism

The present invention provides methods and compositions suitable for use in the conversion of xylose to xylitol and xylulose, including nucleic acid constructs, recombinant fungal host cells, and related materials.. . ... Shell Oil Company

02/11/16 / #20160040038

Coating composition and method

The invention concerns a method of applying a coating in a liquid state to wellbore tubing, such as threaded connector parts or casing sections, before running the tubing downhole. The coating only cures while running downhole. ... Shell Oil Company

02/11/16 / #20160038922

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, during a period of time from 30 minutes to shorter than 5 hours, the catalyst with a gas mixture comprising an inert gas and oxygen (o2), wherein the amount of oxygen is of from 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

02/04/16 / #20160032912

Device for pumping fluid from a wellbore

A pump device for pumping fluid from a wellbore, comprising: a piston member (38) movably arranged in a pump chamber (36) between a first position and a second position, in a manner allowing the piston member to perform a series of pump strokes, whereby at each pump stroke a volume of said fluid is pumped out of the pump chamber (36) by the piston member; a fluid conduit (20) arranged to move the piston member (38) from the first position to the second position by a selected fluid pressure increase in the fluid conduit; an inlet channel (60) connecting the pump chamber to a storage chamber (52) for receiving said volume of fluid from the pump chamber (36); first valve means (62) arranged in the inlet channel for allowing fluid flow from the pump chamber (36) to the storage chamber (52) and for preventing fluid flow from the storage chamber to the pump chamber; pressurising means (57) for applying hydraulic pressure to the volume of fluid in the storage chamber (52); an outlet channel (64) for discharging the volume of fluid from the storage chamber (52) into the fluid conduit (20); second valve means (68) for allowing fluid flow from the storage chamber (52) to the pump chamber (36) and for preventing fluid flow from the pump chamber to the fluid conduit (20); a fluid inlet (46) for inflow of said volume of fluid from the wellbore into the pump chamber (36); and third valve means (50) to prevent outflow of fluid from the pump chamber (36) to the fluid inlet (46).. . ... Shell Oil Company

02/04/16 / #20160032171

Composition for enhanced hydrocarbon recovery from a formation

A hydrocarbon recovery composition which comprises a first blend of c24-28 internal olefin sulfonates and an injectable fluid composition comprising the hydrocarbon recovery composition, water and/or brine wherein the hydrocarbon recovery composition is present in an amount of from 0.05 to 1.0 wt % of the total injectable fluid composition can be used for enhanced hydrocarbon recovery from a formation.. . ... Shell Oil Company

02/04/16 / #20160031774

Random ring packing for biomass digester

A method comprises introducing cellulosic biomass solids to a digester comprising a reactor, gas feed line, biomass feed system, fluid circulation system including a fluid inlet, a pump, and an injector, a screen positioned within the reactor and defining a lower zone therebelow, and a bed of reactor packing material resting on the screen and defining thereby a packed zone; providing a liquid phase digestion medium containing a slurry catalyst in the digester, the catalyst being capable of activating molecular hydrogen; circulating the liquid phase digestion medium through the fluid circulation system; supplying an upwardly directed flow of molecular hydrogen through the cellulosic biomass solids; and maintaining the cellulosic biomass solids and slurry catalyst at a temperature sufficient to cause digestion of cellulosic biomass solids into an alcoholic component.. . ... Shell Oil Company

01/28/16 / #20160024418

Lubricating composition

The present invention provides a lubricating composition comprising: (i) a base oil; (ii) a non-silicone anti-foam agent; and (iii) one or more performance additives; wherein the composition has a kinematic viscosity at 100° c. (according to astm d445) of 16.3 mm2/s or less, a low temperature cranking viscosity of at most 6600 cp at −30° c. ... Shell Oil Company

01/21/16 / #20160020595

Systems for joining insulated conductors

Systems and methods for heaters used in treating a subsurface formation are described herein. Certain embodiments relate to systems for insulated conductors used in heater elements. ... Shell Oil Company

01/21/16 / #20160017207

Internal olefin sulfonate compostion

The present invention provides an internal olefin sulfonate composition, comprising water and an internal olefin sulfonate mixture having an average carbon number of at least 20, wherein the internal olefin sulfonate mixture comprises hydroxy sulfonates and alkene sulfonates in a weight ratio of hydroxy sulfonates to alkene sulfonates of at least 3.25. The invention further provides a method of treating a crude oil containing formation.. ... Shell Oil Company

01/14/16 / #20160010023

Lubricating composition

Use of a comb polymer for reducing the loss in viscosity of a lubricating composition for the crankcase of an internal combustion engine, wherein the internal combustion engine is fuelled by a fuel composition comprising a fatty acid alkyl ester.. . ... Shell Oil Company

01/14/16 / #20160008795

Hydroprocessing catalyst for treating a hydrocarbon feed having an arsenic concentration and a method of making and using such catalyst

A catalyst that is useful for the removal of arsenic from hydrocarbon feedstocks. The catalyst comprises an alumina support, underbedded molybdenum and phosphorus components, and an overlayer of a nickel component. ... Shell Oil Company

01/07/16 / #20160003474

Power plant

A process and a power plant comprising a combustor with a flue gas outlet and one or more water selective separators downstream the flue gas outlet to separate water from the flue gas. Optionally, a water return line returns separated water from the water selective separator to a water inlet of a co shift cell with an outlet feeding h2 enriched syngas to the combustor.. ... Shell Oil Company

01/07/16 / #20160002557

Process for preparing a urea grease

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

01/07/16 / #20160001280

Composition having an active metal or precursor, an amine component and a non-amine containing polar additive useful in the catalytic hydroprocessing of hydrocarbons, a method of making such catalyst, and a process of using such catalyst

A composition that comprises a support material that is loaded with an active metal or metal precursor, an amine component, and a non-amine containing polar additive. The composition is useful in the hydroprocessing of hydrocarbon feedstocks. ... Shell Oil Company








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