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IN SITU RECOVERY FROM RESIDUALLY HEATED SECTIONS IN A HYDROCARBON CONTAINING FORMATION

United States Patent Application

20160084051
A1
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Methods of treating a tar sands formation is described herein. The methods may include providing heat to a first section of a hydrocarbon layer in the formation from a plurality of heaters located in the first section of the formation. Heat is transferred from the heaters so that at least a first section of the formation reaches a selected temperature. At least a portion of residual heat from the first section transfers from the first section to a second section of the formation. At least a portion of hydrocarbons in the second section are mobilized by providing a solvation fluid and/or a pressurizing fluid to the second section of the formation.
Vinegar, Harold J. (Bellaire, TX), Karanikas, John Michael (Houston, TX), Ryan, Robert Charles (Houston, TX)
Shell Oil Company
14/ 851,607
September 11, 2015
GOVERNMENT INTEREST [0003] The Government has certain rights in the invention pursuant to Agreement Nos. SD 10634 and NFE 062050824 between Sandia National Laboratories (operating under Agreement DE-AC04-94AL85000Sa for the U.S. Department of Energy) and Shell Exploration and Production Company.