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Title: Gas-recovery system

Abstract

Nuclear explosions have been proposed as a means for recovering gas from underground gas-bearing rock formations. In present practice, the nuclear device is positioned at the end of a long pipe which is subsequently filled with grout or concrete. After the device is exploded, the grout is drilled through to provide a flow path for the released gas to the ground surface. As settled grout is brittle, often the compressive shock of the explosion fractures the grout and deforms the pipe so that it may not be removed nor reused. In addition, the pipe is sometimes pinched off completely and the gas flow is totally obstructed. (2 claims)

Inventors:
Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
6305530
Patent Number(s):
3627041
Assignee:
Atomic Energy Commission
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: Filed date 28 Apr 1970
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
02 PETROLEUM; NATURAL GAS WELLS; EXPLOSIVE STIMULATION; ENHANCED RECOVERY; NATURAL GAS; WELL COMPLETION; ENERGY SOURCES; FLUIDS; FOSSIL FUELS; FUEL GAS; FUELS; GAS FUELS; GASES; RECOVERY; STIMULATION; WELL STIMULATION; WELLS; 020300* - Petroleum- Drilling & Production

Citation Formats

Heckman, R A. Gas-recovery system. United States: N. p., 1971. Web.
Heckman, R A. Gas-recovery system. United States.
Heckman, R A. Tue . "Gas-recovery system". United States.
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abstractNote = {Nuclear explosions have been proposed as a means for recovering gas from underground gas-bearing rock formations. In present practice, the nuclear device is positioned at the end of a long pipe which is subsequently filled with grout or concrete. After the device is exploded, the grout is drilled through to provide a flow path for the released gas to the ground surface. As settled grout is brittle, often the compressive shock of the explosion fractures the grout and deforms the pipe so that it may not be removed nor reused. In addition, the pipe is sometimes pinched off completely and the gas flow is totally obstructed. (2 claims)},
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