Methods and apparatus are disclosed for possibly producing pipeline-ready heavy oil from substantially non-pumpable oil feeds. The methods and apparatus may be designed to produce such pipeline-ready heavy oils in the production field. Such methods and apparatus may involve thermal soaking of liquid hydrocarbonaceous inputs in thermal environments (2) to generate, though chemical reaction, an increased distillate amount as compared with conventional boiling technologies.
ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF GOVERNMENT SUPPORT
This invention was made with federal government support under Cooperative Agreement No. USDOE contract DE-FC26-98FT40323 awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The federal government may have certain rights in this invention.