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In situ recovery from residually heated sections in a hydrocarbon containing formation

United States Patent

December 14, 2010
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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 (Houston, TX)
12/ 106,128
April 18, 2008
GOVERNMENT INTEREST 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.