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Heating subsurface formations by oxidizing fuel on a fuel carrier

United States Patent

October 2, 2012
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A method of heating a portion of a subsurface formation includes drawing fuel on a fuel carrier through an opening formed in the formation. Oxidant is supplied to the fuel at one or more locations in the opening. The fuel is combusted with the oxidant to provide heat to the formation.
Costello; Michael (Katy, TX), Vinegar; Harold J. (Bellaire, TX)
Shell Oil Company (Houston, TX)
12/ 250,393
October 13, 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.