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Title: Moving hydrocarbons through portions of tar sands formations with a fluid

Abstract

A method for treating a tar sands formation is disclosed. The method includes heating a first portion of a hydrocarbon layer in the formation from one or more heaters located in the first portion. The heat is controlled to increase a fluid injectivity of the first portion. A drive fluid and/or an oxidizing fluid is injected and/or created in the first portion to cause at least some hydrocarbons to move from a second portion of the hydrocarbon layer to a third portion of the hydrocarbon layer. The second portion is between the first portion and the third portion. The first, second, and third portions are horizontally displaced from each other. The third portion is heated from one or more heaters located in the third portion. Hydrocarbons are produced from the third portion of the formation. The hydrocarbons include at least some hydrocarbons from the second portion of the formation.

Inventors:
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Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1176297
Patent Number(s):
7,717,171
Application Number:
11/975,679
Assignee:
Shell Oil Company (Houston, TX)
DOE Contract Number:  
AC04-94AL85000; AC05-00OR22725
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 2007 Oct 19
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
04 OIL SHALES AND TAR SANDS

Citation Formats

Stegemeier, George Leo, Mudunuri, Ramesh Raju, Vinegar, Harold J., Karanikas, John Michael, Jaiswal, Namit, and Mo, Weijian. Moving hydrocarbons through portions of tar sands formations with a fluid. United States: N. p., 2010. Web.
Stegemeier, George Leo, Mudunuri, Ramesh Raju, Vinegar, Harold J., Karanikas, John Michael, Jaiswal, Namit, & Mo, Weijian. Moving hydrocarbons through portions of tar sands formations with a fluid. United States.
Stegemeier, George Leo, Mudunuri, Ramesh Raju, Vinegar, Harold J., Karanikas, John Michael, Jaiswal, Namit, and Mo, Weijian. Tue . "Moving hydrocarbons through portions of tar sands formations with a fluid". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1176297.
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