Apparatus and method for managed pressure drilling

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 7866399
APP PUB NO 20070095540A1
SERIAL NO

11584186

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A drilling system employing a main tubular having a plurality of fluid inlet and outlet conduits positioned thereon and a concentric inner tubular having a plurality seals for sealing the annular space between the concentric inner and main tubulars. The fluid inlet and outlet conduits work in cooperation with the annular seals to selectively open and close for effective management of pressure within the tubulars.

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Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
TRANSOCEAN SEDCO FOREX VENTURES LIMITEDGRAND CAYMAN, KY13
TRANSOCEAN OFFSHORE DRILLINGHOUSTON, TX2

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Black, Sandy Scotland, GB 2 65
Juran, Tim Cypress, US 2 65
Kozicz, John Spring, US 5 65
Legault, Andy Houston, US 2 65
Mackay, John Scotland, GB 24 369
Niven, Scott Scotland, GB 2 65
Sneddon, Iain Scotland, GB 2 65

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