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Title: Substantially self-powered method and apparatus for recovering hydrocarbons from hydrocarbon-containing solid hydrates

Abstract

A method and apparatus are provided for producing gaseous hydrocarbons from formations comprising solid hydrocarbon hydrates located under either a body of land or a body of water. The vast natural resources of such hydrocarbon hydrates can thus now be economically mined. Relatively warm brine or water is brought down from an elevation above that of the hydrates through a portion of the apparatus, and passes in contact with the hydrates, thus melting them. The liquid then continues up another portion of the apparatus carrying entrained hydrocarbon vapors in the form of bubbles, which can easily be separated from the liquid. After a short startup procedure, the process and apparatus are substantially self-powered.

Inventors:
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Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
5628578
Application Number:
ON: DE82004530
Assignee:
TIC; NTS-82-003997; ERA-07-029181; EDB-82-069550
DOE Contract Number:  
W-7405-ENG-36
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
03 NATURAL GAS; GAS CONDENSATE FIELDS; NATURAL GAS; ENHANCED RECOVERY; BRINES; BUBBLES; GAS HYDRATES; HEATING; METHANE; ALKANES; ENERGY SOURCES; FLUIDS; FOSSIL FUELS; FUEL GAS; FUELS; GAS FUELS; GASES; GEOLOGIC DEPOSITS; HYDRATES; HYDROCARBONS; MINERAL RESOURCES; NATURAL GAS DEPOSITS; ORGANIC COMPOUNDS; PETROLEUM DEPOSITS; RECOVERY; RESOURCES; 030900* - Natural Gas- Artificial Stimulation, Plowshare- (-1989)

Citation Formats

Elliott, G.R.B., Barraclough, B.L., and Vanderborgh, N.E. Substantially self-powered method and apparatus for recovering hydrocarbons from hydrocarbon-containing solid hydrates. United States: N. p., 1981. Web.
Elliott, G.R.B., Barraclough, B.L., & Vanderborgh, N.E. Substantially self-powered method and apparatus for recovering hydrocarbons from hydrocarbon-containing solid hydrates. United States.
Elliott, G.R.B., Barraclough, B.L., and Vanderborgh, N.E. Thu . "Substantially self-powered method and apparatus for recovering hydrocarbons from hydrocarbon-containing solid hydrates". United States.
@article{osti_5628578,
title = {Substantially self-powered method and apparatus for recovering hydrocarbons from hydrocarbon-containing solid hydrates},
author = {Elliott, G.R.B. and Barraclough, B.L. and Vanderborgh, N.E.},
abstractNote = {A method and apparatus are provided for producing gaseous hydrocarbons from formations comprising solid hydrocarbon hydrates located under either a body of land or a body of water. The vast natural resources of such hydrocarbon hydrates can thus now be economically mined. Relatively warm brine or water is brought down from an elevation above that of the hydrates through a portion of the apparatus, and passes in contact with the hydrates, thus melting them. The liquid then continues up another portion of the apparatus carrying entrained hydrocarbon vapors in the form of bubbles, which can easily be separated from the liquid. After a short startup procedure, the process and apparatus are substantially self-powered.},
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place = {United States},
year = {1981},
month = {2}
}