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United States Patent Application

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This invention relates to a method of treating a tight gas well that has been fractured with a gel solution to increase the production of hydrocarbons. The gel solutions used for fracturing typically include an aqueous portion and a polymer material. Generally, the first step of the method is to apply a soak solution to the fractured formation to mix with the aqueous portion of the gel solution to increase the volatility of the aqueous portion. The next step is to apply a dry gas treatment to the tight gas well to remove the aqueous portion of the gel solution after the volatility has been increased.
Mahadevan, Jagannathan (Tulsa, OK)
University of Tulsa
13/ 093,531
April 25, 2011
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT [0001] This invention was made with the government support under contract no. DE-AC26-07NT42677 awarded by Department of Energy.