Forum Energy Technologies has patented a linear wellhead connection system for pumping fluid into multiple wellheads. The system uses linear movement of an inlet conduit along a track system to transition between discharge conduits connected to different wellheads. This innovation allows for efficient and flexible fluid delivery in oil and gas operations. GlobalData’s report on Forum Energy Technologies gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Forum Energy Technologies, was a key innovation area identified from patents. Forum Energy Technologies's grant share as of February 2024 was 60%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Linear wellhead connection system for pumping fluid into multiple wellheads

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Forum Energy Technologies Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11905781B1) discloses a linear wellhead connection system designed to efficiently pump fluid into multiple wellheads. The system comprises a series of discharge conduits, each with a receiver, connected to at least one wellhead. An inlet conduit, equipped with a connection member, can be moved linearly along a track system to engage and disengage with the receivers on the discharge conduits. The system also includes flexible hoses or rotatable joints to remain coupled during movement, ensuring a continuous flow of pressurized fluid from a fluid source.

Furthermore, the patent details a method for pumping fluid into the wellheads using the described system. The method involves linearly moving the inlet conduit along a track system to engage with a discharge conduit, pump pressurized fluid through the system, and then disengage to move on to the next wellhead. This process can be repeated for multiple wellheads, with the flexibility to move laterally and linearly along the track system. The system's design allows for efficient and seamless fluid transfer, with the option to use flexible hoses, hard pipes, or a combination thereof for coupling the discharge conduits to the wellheads. Additionally, the connection system can be electric, hydraulic, or manual, providing versatility in operation.

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