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Title: Heating hydrocarbon containing formations in a spiral startup staged sequence

Abstract

Methods for treating a hydrocarbon containing formation are described herein. Methods may include treating a first zone of the formation. Treatment of a plurality of zones of the formation may be begun at selected times after the treatment of the first zone begins. The treatment of at least two successively treated zones may begin at a selected time after treatment of the previous zone begins. At least two of the successively treated zones may be adjacent to the zone treated previously. The successive treatment of the zones proceeds in an outward, substantially spiral sequence from the first zone so that the treatment of the zones may move substantially spirally outwards towards a boundary of the treatment area.

Inventors:
 [1];  [2]
  1. Bellaire, TX
  2. Katy, TX
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Shell Oil Company (Houston, TX)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1013692
Patent Number(s):
7,631,690
Application Number:
US Patent Application 11/975,701
Assignee:
Shell Oil Company (Houston, TX)
DOE Contract Number:  
AC05-00OR22725
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE

Citation Formats

Vinegar, Harold J, and Miller, David Scott. Heating hydrocarbon containing formations in a spiral startup staged sequence. United States: N. p., 2009. Web.
Vinegar, Harold J, & Miller, David Scott. Heating hydrocarbon containing formations in a spiral startup staged sequence. United States.
Vinegar, Harold J, and Miller, David Scott. Tue . "Heating hydrocarbon containing formations in a spiral startup staged sequence". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1013692.
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