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Title: Method of condensing vaporized water in situ to treat tar sands formations

Abstract

Methods for treating a tar sands formation are described herein. Methods may include heating at least a section of a hydrocarbon layer in the formation from a plurality of heaters located in the formation. Heat may be allowed to transfer from the heaters to at least a first portion of the formation. Conditions may be controlled in the formation so that water vaporized by the heaters in the first portion is selectively condensed in a second portion of the formation. At least some of the fluids may be produced from the formation.

Inventors:
 [1]
  1. Rijswijk, NL
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Shell Oil Company (Houston, TX)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1014493
Patent Number(s):
7677314
Application Number:
US Patent Application 11/975,737
Assignee:
Shell Oil Company (Houston, TX)
Patent Classifications (CPCs):
C - CHEMISTRY C10 - PETROLEUM, GAS OR COKE INDUSTRIES C10G - CRACKING HYDROCARBON OILS
E - FIXED CONSTRUCTIONS E21 - EARTH DRILLING E21B - EARTH DRILLING, e.g. DEEP DRILLING
DOE Contract Number:  
AC05-00OR22725
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English

Citation Formats

Hsu, Chia-Fu. Method of condensing vaporized water in situ to treat tar sands formations. United States: N. p., 2010. Web.
Hsu, Chia-Fu. Method of condensing vaporized water in situ to treat tar sands formations. United States.
Hsu, Chia-Fu. Tue . "Method of condensing vaporized water in situ to treat tar sands formations". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1014493.
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