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Title: Systems and methods for producing hydrocarbons from tar sands formations

Abstract

A system for treating a tar sands formation is disclosed. A plurality of heaters are located in the formation. The heaters include at least partially horizontal heating sections at least partially in a hydrocarbon layer of the formation. The heating sections are at least partially arranged in a pattern in the hydrocarbon layer. The heaters are configured to provide heat to the hydrocarbon layer. The provided heat creates a plurality of drainage paths for mobilized fluids. At least two of the drainage paths converge. A production well is located to collect and produce mobilized fluids from at least one of the converged drainage paths in the hydrocarbon layer.

Inventors:
 [1];  [2]
  1. Katy, TX
  2. Houston, TX
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Shell Oil Company (Houston, TX)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1012650
Patent Number(s):
7562706
Application Number:
11/584,429
Assignee:
Shell Oil Company (Houston, TX)
DOE Contract Number:  
AC05-00OR22725
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
04 OIL SHALES AND TAR SANDS

Citation Formats

Li, Ruijian, and Karanikas, John Michael. Systems and methods for producing hydrocarbons from tar sands formations. United States: N. p., 2009. Web.
Li, Ruijian, & Karanikas, John Michael. Systems and methods for producing hydrocarbons from tar sands formations. United States.
Li, Ruijian, and Karanikas, John Michael. 2009. "Systems and methods for producing hydrocarbons from tar sands formations". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1012650.
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abstractNote = {A system for treating a tar sands formation is disclosed. A plurality of heaters are located in the formation. The heaters include at least partially horizontal heating sections at least partially in a hydrocarbon layer of the formation. The heating sections are at least partially arranged in a pattern in the hydrocarbon layer. The heaters are configured to provide heat to the hydrocarbon layer. The provided heat creates a plurality of drainage paths for mobilized fluids. At least two of the drainage paths converge. A production well is located to collect and produce mobilized fluids from at least one of the converged drainage paths in the hydrocarbon layer.},
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