Method for in-situ heated annulus refining process

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07733587

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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, CA77

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Duerksen, John H Fullerton, CA 11 637

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