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United States of America Patent

APP PUB NO 20110265993A1
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13143390

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A method for processing hydrocarbons recovered from a subterranean formation is disclosed. The method includes: feeding a stream including water, sand, and heavy hydrocarbons produced from a subterranean formation to a separation vessel; concurrently in the separation vessel: heating the stream components to an elevated temperature to reduce a viscosity of the heavy hydrocarbons; and separating the sand, the heavy hydrocarbon, and the water to form a water fraction, a hydrocarbon fraction, and a sand fraction comprising sand and at least one of water and heavy hydrocarbons; and recovering the water fraction from the separation vessel; recovering the hydrocarbon fraction from the separation vessel; and withdrawing the sand fraction from the separation vessel. Also disclosed are apparatus suitable for performing the above described method.

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M-I DRILLING FLUIDS CANADA INC700 SECOND STREET S W 5TH FLOOR CALGARY ALBERTA T2P 2W2

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Aldus, David Calgary, CA 1 0
Fout, Gary E Cypress, US 16 66
Williams, Steve Mies, CH 120 777

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