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Methods and systems for producing fluid from an in situ conversion process

United States Patent

May 17, 2011
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A system that includes a plurality of heat sources configured to heat a portion of a formation is described. At least one production well is in the formation. A bottom portion of the production well is a sump in an underburden of the formation below the heated portion of the formation. Fluids from the heated portion of the formation are allowed to flow into the sump. A pump system has an inlet in the sump. A production conduit is coupled to the pump system. The production conduit is configured to transport fluids in the sump out of the formation.
Fairbanks; Michael David (Katy, TX), Keltner; Thomas Joseph (Spring, TX), McKinzie, II; Billy John (Houston, TX), Hirshblond; Stephen Palmer (Houston, TX)
Shell Oil Company (Houston, TX)
11/ 409,564
April 21, 2006
GOVERNMENT INTEREST The Government has certain rights in this invention pursuant to Agreement No. ERD-05-2516 between UT-Battelle, LLC, operating under prime contract No. DE-ACO5-00OR22725 for the US Department of Energy and Shell Exploration and Production Company.