Patent Number: 8,714,262

Title: Methods of limiting or reducing the amount of oil in a sea using a fluid director

Abstract: According to an embodiment, a method of limiting the amount of oil in a sea comprises: positioning a device for directing the flow of a fluid adjacent to a wellhead, wherein the device comprises: a first fluid passageway; a second fluid passageway; a third fluid passageway, wherein the first fluid passageway is operatively connected to the second and third fluid passageways; and a fluid director, wherein the fluid director is operatively connected to the first, second, and third fluid passageways, and wherein depending on at least one of the properties of a fluid, the fluid director directs the fluid to increasingly flow into the second or third fluid passageways. This embodiment is useful in limiting the amount of oil when a blowout has occurred. According to another embodiment, a method of reducing the amount of oil in a sea comprises: inserting at least one component of the device for directing the flow of a fluid into a portion of a sea, wherein the portion of the sea comprises the oil, and wherein depending on at least one of the properties of a fluid, the fluid director directs the fluid to increasingly flow into the second or third fluid passageways. This embodiment is useful for reducing the amount of oil in a sea when an oil slick has occurred.

Inventors: Fripp; Michael L. (Carrollton, TX), Dykstra; Jason D. (Carrollton, TX)

Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc

International Classification: E21B 43/36 (20060101); F17D 3/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 5/06/12018