US Patent No: 5,145,003

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Method for in-situ heated annulus refining process

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Recovery of viscous petroleum such as from tar sands is assisted using a controlled flow of hot fluid and hydrogen-generating gas in a flow path within the formation; thus a solid-wall hollow tubular member in the formation is used for conducting hot fluid to promote hydrogenation in conjunction with a hydrogen-generating gas and reduce viscosity of the petroleum to develop a potential passage in the formation outside the tubular member into which a drive fluid is injected to promote movement of the petroleum to a production position.

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CHEVRON RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY COMPANYSAN FRANCISCO, CA321

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Duerksen, John H Fullerton, CA 11 590

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Chevron Research Company (1)
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Mobil Oil Corporation (1)
4,193,454 Super-active clay catalyst and use thereof 16 1977
 
S-CAL RESEARCH CORPORATION (1)
4,706,751 Heavy oil recovery process 265 1986
 
WORLD ENERGY SYSTEMS, INC. (1)
4,597,441 Recovery of oil by in situ hydrogenation 308 1984

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SHELL OIL COMPANY (179)
7,096,942 In situ thermal processing of a relatively permeable formation while controlling pressure 177 2002
7,055,600 In situ thermal recovery from a relatively permeable formation with controlled production rate 173 2002
7,051,807 In situ thermal recovery from a relatively permeable formation with quality control 113 2002
7,051,811 In situ thermal processing through an open wellbore in an oil shale formation 42 2002
7,040,398 In situ thermal processing of a relatively permeable formation in a reducing environment 151 2002
7,040,399 In situ thermal processing of an oil shale formation using a controlled heating rate 166 2002
7,040,400 In situ thermal processing of a relatively impermeable formation using an open wellbore 177 2002
7,032,660 In situ thermal processing and inhibiting migration of fluids into or out of an in situ oil shale formation 180 2002
7,013,972 In situ thermal processing of an oil shale formation using a natural distributed combustor 27 2002
7,004,247 Conductor-in-conduit heat sources for in situ thermal processing of an oil shale formation 188 2002
7,004,251 In situ thermal processing and remediation of an oil shale formation 188 2002
6,997,518 In situ thermal processing and solution mining of an oil shale formation 175 2002
6,994,169 In situ thermal processing of an oil shale formation with a selected property 156 2002
6,991,032 In situ thermal processing of an oil shale formation using a pattern of heat sources 167 2002
6,991,033 In situ thermal processing while controlling pressure in an oil shale formation 87 2002
6,991,036 Thermal processing of a relatively permeable formation 68 2002
6,981,548 In situ thermal recovery from a relatively permeable formation 156 2002
6,966,374 In situ thermal recovery from a relatively permeable formation using gas to increase mobility 159 2002
6,964,300 In situ thermal recovery from a relatively permeable formation with backproduction through a heater wellbore 184 2002
6,951,247 In situ thermal processing of an oil shale formation using horizontal heat sources 190 2002
6,948,562 Production of a blending agent using an in situ thermal process in a relatively permeable formation 186 2002
6,929,067 Heat sources with conductive material for in situ thermal processing of an oil shale formation 171 2002
6,923,257 In situ thermal processing of an oil shale formation to produce a condensate 173 2002
6,918,442 In situ thermal processing of an oil shale formation in a reducing environment 155 2002
6,918,443 In situ thermal processing of an oil shale formation to produce hydrocarbons having a selected carbon number range 170 2002
6,915,850 In situ thermal processing of an oil shale formation having permeable and impermeable sections 157 2002
6,880,633 In situ thermal processing of an oil shale formation to produce a desired product 202 2002
6,877,555 In situ thermal processing of an oil shale formation while inhibiting coking 186 2002
7,165,615 In situ recovery from a hydrocarbon containing formation using conductor-in-conduit heat sources with an electrically conductive material in the overburden 178 2002
7,156,176 Installation and use of removable heaters in a hydrocarbon containing formation 157 2002
7,128,153 Treatment of a hydrocarbon containing formation after heating 162 2002
7,104,319 In situ thermal processing of a heavy oil diatomite formation 178 2002
7,100,994 Producing hydrocarbons and non-hydrocarbon containing materials when treating a hydrocarbon containing formation 175 2002
7,090,013 In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation to produce heated fluids 178 2002
7,086,465 In situ production of a blending agent from a hydrocarbon containing formation 155 2002
7,077,198 In situ recovery from a hydrocarbon containing formation using barriers 196 2002
7,077,199 In situ thermal processing of an oil reservoir formation 185 2002
7,066,254 In situ thermal processing of a tar sands formation 210 2002
7,066,257 In situ recovery from lean and rich zones in a hydrocarbon containing formation 157 2002
7,063,145 Methods and systems for heating a hydrocarbon containing formation in situ with an opening contacting the earth's surface at two locations 178 2002
7,051,808 Seismic monitoring of in situ conversion in a hydrocarbon containing formation 94 2002
7,011,154 In situ recovery from a kerogen and liquid hydrocarbon containing formation 186 2002
6,991,045 Forming openings in a hydrocarbon containing formation using magnetic tracking 157 2002
6,969,123 Upgrading and mining of coal 190 2002
6,932,155 In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation via backproducing through a heater well 194 2002
8,238,730 High voltage temperature limited heaters 19 2003
8,224,164 Insulated conductor temperature limited heaters 19 2003
8,224,163 Variable frequency temperature limited heaters 0 2003
7,219,734 Inhibiting wellbore deformation during in situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation 170 2003
7,121,341 Conductor-in-conduit temperature limited heaters 154 2003
7,073,578 Staged and/or patterned heating during in situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation 194 2003
7,121,342 Thermal processes for subsurface formations 219 2004
8,355,623 Temperature limited heaters with high power factors 14 2005
7,510,000 Reducing viscosity of oil for production from a hydrocarbon containing formation 107 2005
7,490,665 Variable frequency temperature limited heaters 110 2005
7,481,274 Temperature limited heaters with relatively constant current 105 2005
7,431,076 Temperature limited heaters using modulated DC power 116 2005
7,424,915 Vacuum pumping of conductor-in-conduit heaters 116 2005
7,383,877 Temperature limited heaters with thermally conductive fluid used to heat subsurface formations 110 2005
7,370,704 Triaxial temperature limited heater 116 2005
7,357,180 Inhibiting effects of sloughing in wellbores 123 2005
7,353,872 Start-up of temperature limited heaters using direct current (DC) 109 2005
7,320,364 Inhibiting reflux in a heated well of an in situ conversion system 104 2005
7,225,866 In situ thermal processing of an oil shale formation using a pattern of heat sources 168 2006
8,224,165 Temperature limited heater utilizing non-ferromagnetic conductor 20 2006
8,070,840 Treatment of gas from an in situ conversion process 35 2006
8,027,571 In situ conversion process systems utilizing wellbores in at least two regions of a formation 47 2006
7,986,869 Varying properties along lengths of temperature limited heaters 51 2006
7,942,197 Methods and systems for producing fluid from an in situ conversion process 53 2006
7,860,377 Subsurface connection methods for subsurface heaters 80 2006
7,831,134 Grouped exposed metal heaters 68 2006
7,575,052 In situ conversion process utilizing a closed loop heating system 105 2006
7,575,053 Low temperature monitoring system for subsurface barriers 104 2006
7,546,873 Low temperature barriers for use with in situ processes 80 2006
7,527,094 Double barrier system for an in situ conversion process 117 2006
7,500,528 Low temperature barrier wellbores formed using water flushing 115 2006
7,360,588 Thermal processes for subsurface formations 109 2006
8,606,091 Subsurface heaters with low sulfidation rates 0 2006
7,635,025 Cogeneration systems and processes for treating hydrocarbon containing formations 100 2006
7,591,310 Methods of hydrotreating a liquid stream to remove clogging compounds 111 2006
7,584,789 Methods of cracking a crude product to produce additional crude products 110 2006
7,581,589 Methods of producing alkylated hydrocarbons from an in situ heat treatment process liquid 115 2006
7,562,706 Systems and methods for producing hydrocarbons from tar sands formations 117 2006
7,559,367 Temperature limited heater with a conduit substantially electrically isolated from the formation 118 2006
7,559,368 Solution mining systems and methods for treating hydrocarbon containing formations 117 2006
7,556,095 Solution mining dawsonite from hydrocarbon containing formations with a chelating agent 135 2006
7,556,096 Varying heating in dawsonite zones in hydrocarbon containing formations 122 2006
7,549,470 Solution mining and heating by oxidation for treating hydrocarbon containing formations 135 2006
7,461,691 In situ recovery from a hydrocarbon containing formation 146 2007
8,083,813 Methods of producing transportation fuel 33 2007
7,912,358 Alternate energy source usage for in situ heat treatment processes 54 2007
7,866,385 Power systems utilizing the heat of produced formation fluid 69 2007
7,793,722 Non-ferromagnetic overburden casing 66 2007
7,785,427 High strength alloys 68 2007
7,683,296 Adjusting alloy compositions for selected properties in temperature limited heaters 84 2007
7,673,786 Welding shield for coupling heaters 85 2007
7,635,023 Time sequenced heating of multiple layers in a hydrocarbon containing formation 111 2007
7,631,689 Sulfur barrier for use with in situ processes for treating formations 104 2007
7,610,962 Sour gas injection for use with in situ heat treatment 92 2007
7,604,052 Compositions produced using an in situ heat treatment process 112 2007
7,533,719 Wellhead with non-ferromagnetic materials 120 2007
7,798,221 In situ recovery from a hydrocarbon containing formation 82 2007
7,735,935 In situ thermal processing of an oil shale formation containing carbonate minerals 81 2007
7,845,411 In situ heat treatment process utilizing a closed loop heating system 68 2007
7,841,401 Gas injection to inhibit migration during an in situ heat treatment process 67 2007
7,730,946 Treating tar sands formations with dolomite 75 2007
7,730,945 Using geothermal energy to heat a portion of a formation for an in situ heat treatment process 76 2007
7,730,947 Creating fluid injectivity in tar sands formations 76 2007
7,717,171 Moving hydrocarbons through portions of tar sands formations with a fluid 78 2007
7,703,513 Wax barrier for use with in situ processes for treating formations 88 2007
7,681,647 Method of producing drive fluid in situ in tar sands formations 85 2007
7,677,310 Creating and maintaining a gas cap in tar sands formations 71 2007
7,677,314 Method of condensing vaporized water in situ to treat tar sands formations 70 2007
7,673,681 Treating tar sands formations with karsted zones 73 2007
7,644,765 Heating tar sands formations while controlling pressure 83 2007
7,635,024 Heating tar sands formations to visbreaking temperatures 101 2007
7,631,690 Heating hydrocarbon containing formations in a spiral startup staged sequence 104 2007
7,562,707 Heating hydrocarbon containing formations in a line drive staged process 118 2007
7,540,324 Heating hydrocarbon containing formations in a checkerboard pattern staged process 120 2007
7,640,980 Thermal processes for subsurface formations 83 2008
8,791,396 Floating insulated conductors for heating subsurface formations 0 2008
8,662,175 Varying properties of in situ heat treatment of a tar sands formation based on assessed viscosities 1 2008
8,459,359 Treating nahcolite containing formations and saline zones 11 2008
8,381,815 Production from multiple zones of a tar sands formation 14 2008
8,327,681 Wellbore manufacturing processes for in situ heat treatment processes 5 2008
8,042,610 Parallel heater system for subsurface formations 47 2008
7,950,453 Downhole burner systems and methods for heating subsurface formations 60 2008
7,931,086 Heating systems for heating subsurface formations 65 2008
7,849,922 In situ recovery from residually heated sections in a hydrocarbon containing formation 70 2008
7,841,408 In situ heat treatment from multiple layers of a tar sands formation 69 2008
7,841,425 Drilling subsurface wellbores with cutting structures 70 2008
7,832,484 Molten salt as a heat transfer fluid for heating a subsurface formation 69 2008
7,798,220 In situ heat treatment of a tar sands formation after drive process treatment 67 2008
8,536,497 Methods for forming long subsurface heaters 0 2008
8,276,661 Heating subsurface formations by oxidizing fuel on a fuel carrier 20 2008
8,272,455 Methods for forming wellbores in heated formations 7 2008
8,240,774 Solution mining and in situ treatment of nahcolite beds 22 2008
8,196,658 Irregular spacing of heat sources for treating hydrocarbon containing formations 29 2008
8,162,059 Induction heaters used to heat subsurface formations 32 2008
8,146,661 Cryogenic treatment of gas 34 2008
8,146,669 Multi-step heater deployment in a subsurface formation 31 2008
8,113,272 Three-phase heaters with common overburden sections for heating subsurface formations 13 2008
8,011,451 Ranging methods for developing wellbores in subsurface formations 38 2008
7,866,386 In situ oxidation of subsurface formations 67 2008
7,866,388 High temperature methods for forming oxidizer fuel 65 2008
8,627,887 In situ recovery from a hydrocarbon containing formation 1 2008
8,752,904 Heated fluid flow in mines and tunnels used in heating subsurface hydrocarbon containing formations 0 2009
8,177,305 Heater connections in mines and tunnels for use in treating subsurface hydrocarbon containing formations 32 2009
8,172,335 Electrical current flow between tunnels for use in heating subsurface hydrocarbon containing formations 27 2009
8,162,405 Using tunnels for treating subsurface hydrocarbon containing formations 29 2009
8,151,907 Dual motor systems and non-rotating sensors for use in developing wellbores in subsurface formations 32 2009
8,353,347 Deployment of insulated conductors for treating subsurface formations 5 2009
8,281,861 Circulated heated transfer fluid heating of subsurface hydrocarbon formations 20 2009
8,267,170 Offset barrier wells in subsurface formations 15 2009
8,267,185 Circulated heated transfer fluid systems used to treat a subsurface formation 18 2009
8,261,832 Heating subsurface formations with fluids 24 2009
8,256,512 Movable heaters for treating subsurface hydrocarbon containing formations 11 2009
8,220,539 Controlling hydrogen pressure in self-regulating nuclear reactors used to treat a subsurface formation 29 2009
8,636,323 Mines and tunnels for use in treating subsurface hydrocarbon containing formations 0 2009
8,562,078 Hydrocarbon production from mines and tunnels used in treating subsurface hydrocarbon containing formations 3 2009
7,942,203 Thermal processes for subsurface formations 62 2010
8,448,707 Non-conducting heater casings 0 2010
8,434,555 Irregular pattern treatment of a subsurface formation 12 2010
8,327,932 Recovering energy from a subsurface formation 13 2010
8,608,249 In situ thermal processing of an oil shale formation 1 2010
8,192,682 High strength alloys 22 2010
8,225,866 In situ recovery from a hydrocarbon containing formation 19 2010
8,233,782 Grouped exposed metal heaters 11 2010
8,151,880 Methods of making transportation fuel 30 2010
8,820,406 Electrodes for electrical current flow heating of subsurface formations with conductive material in wellbore 0 2011
8,739,874 Methods for heating with slots in hydrocarbon formations 0 2011
8,701,768 Methods for treating hydrocarbon formations 0 2011
8,701,769 Methods for treating hydrocarbon formations based on geology 0 2011
8,631,866 Leak detection in circulated fluid systems for heating subsurface formations 0 2011
8,230,927 Methods and systems for producing fluid from an in situ conversion process 12 2011
8,579,031 Thermal processes for subsurface formations 0 2011
8,555,971 Treating tar sands formations with dolomite 2 2012
8,485,252 In situ recovery from a hydrocarbon containing formation 11 2012
8,789,586 In situ recovery from a hydrocarbon containing formation 0 2013
 
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8,450,536 Methods of higher alcohol synthesis 2 2009
8,616,294 Systems and methods for generating in-situ carbon dioxide driver gas for use in enhanced oil recovery 1 2010
8,047,007 Methods for generating electricity from carbonaceous material with substantially no carbon dioxide emissions 7 2011
8,785,699 Methods of higher alcohol synthesis 0 2013
 
GEOSIERRA LLC (7)
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7,591,306 Enhanced hydrocarbon recovery by steam injection of oil sand formations 2 2007
7,520,325 Enhanced hydrocarbon recovery by in situ combustion of oil sand formations 3 2007
7,404,441 Hydraulic feature initiation and propagation control in unconsolidated and weakly cemented sediments 7 2007
7,866,395 Hydraulic fracture initiation and propagation control in unconsolidated and weakly cemented sediments 0 2007
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7,809,538 Real time monitoring and control of thermal recovery operations for heavy oil reservoirs 8 2006
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7,770,643 Hydrocarbon recovery using fluids 0 2006
8,151,874 Thermal recovery of shallow bitumen through increased permeability inclusions 0 2008
7,950,456 Casing deformation and control for inclusion propagation 0 2010
 
WORLD ENERGY SYSTEMS, INC. (3)
6,016,867 Upgrading and recovery of heavy crude oils and natural bitumens by in situ hydrovisbreaking 308 1998
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7,984,759 Diluent-enhanced in-situ combustion hydrocarbon recovery process 1 2007
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DYNAMIC PRODUCTION, INC. (2)
7,451,814 System and method for producing fluids from a subterranean formation 26 2006
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PRATS, MICHAEL (2)
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BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED (1)
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8,191,630 Creating fluid injectivity in tar sands formations 30 2010
 
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