In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation using exposed metal heat sources

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 6789625
APP PUB NO 20020066565A1
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09841307

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A hydrocarbon containing formation may be treated using an in situ thermal process. Hydrocarbons, H.sub.2, and/or other formation fluids may be produced from the formation. Heat may be applied to the formation from heat sources to raise a temperature of a portion of the formation to a desired temperature. Some of the heat sources may include heater elements. The heater elements may be lengths of bare metal disposed within wellbores within the formation.

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SHELL OIL COMPANYHOUSTON, TX2325

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Carl, Jr Fredrick Gordon Houston, TX 5 1180
de, Rouffignac Eric Pierre Houston, TX 126 24884
Hunsucker, Bruce Gerard Katy, TX 13 2903
Keedy, Charles Robert Houston, TX 11 1934
Vinegar, Harold J Houston, TX 330 66602

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7562706 Systems and methods for producing hydrocarbons from tar sands formations 162 2006
7559367 Temperature limited heater with a conduit substantially electrically isolated from the formation 163 2006
7559368 Solution mining systems and methods for treating hydrocarbon containing formations 166 2006
7556095 Solution mining dawsonite from hydrocarbon containing formations with a chelating agent 182 2006
7556096 Varying heating in dawsonite zones in hydrocarbon containing formations 173 2006
7549470 Solution mining and heating by oxidation for treating hydrocarbon containing formations 192 2006
7461691 In situ recovery from a hydrocarbon containing formation 188 2007
8083813 Methods of producing transportation fuel 53 2007
7912358 Alternate energy source usage for in situ heat treatment processes 74 2007
7866385 Power systems utilizing the heat of produced formation fluid 98 2007
7785427 High strength alloys 95 2007
7683296 Adjusting alloy compositions for selected properties in temperature limited heaters 109 2007
7673786 Welding shield for coupling heaters 110 2007
7635023 Time sequenced heating of multiple layers in a hydrocarbon containing formation 180 2007
7631689 Sulfur barrier for use with in situ processes for treating formations 146 2007
7610962 Sour gas injection for use with in situ heat treatment 133 2007
7604052 Compositions produced using an in situ heat treatment process 161 2007
7533719 Wellhead with non-ferromagnetic materials 166 2007
7798221 In situ recovery from a hydrocarbon containing formation 121 2007
7735935 In situ thermal processing of an oil shale formation containing carbonate minerals 117 2007
7845411 In situ heat treatment process utilizing a closed loop heating system 114 2007
7841401 Gas injection to inhibit migration during an in situ heat treatment process 95 2007
7730946 Treating tar sands formations with dolomite 102 2007
7730945 Using geothermal energy to heat a portion of a formation for an in situ heat treatment process 105 2007
7730947 Creating fluid injectivity in tar sands formations 107 2007
7717171 Moving hydrocarbons through portions of tar sands formations with a fluid 107 2007
7703513 Wax barrier for use with in situ processes for treating formations 117 2007
7681647 Method of producing drive fluid in situ in tar sands formations 122 2007
7677310 Creating and maintaining a gas cap in tar sands formations 102 2007
7677314 Method of condensing vaporized water in situ to treat tar sands formations 98 2007
7673681 Treating tar sands formations with karsted zones 104 2007
7644765 Heating tar sands formations while controlling pressure 111 2007
7635024 Heating tar sands formations to visbreaking temperatures 144 2007
7631690 Heating hydrocarbon containing formations in a spiral startup staged sequence 154 2007
7562707 Heating hydrocarbon containing formations in a line drive staged process 173 2007
7540324 Heating hydrocarbon containing formations in a checkerboard pattern staged process 173 2007
9181780 Controlling and assessing pressure conditions during treatment of tar sands formations 0 2008
8791396 Floating insulated conductors for heating subsurface formations 4 2008
8662175 Varying properties of in situ heat treatment of a tar sands formation based on assessed viscosities 21 2008
8459359 Treating nahcolite containing formations and saline zones 34 2008
8381815 Production from multiple zones of a tar sands formation 44 2008
8327681 Wellbore manufacturing processes for in situ heat treatment processes 23 2008
8042610 Parallel heater system for subsurface formations 72 2008
7950453 Downhole burner systems and methods for heating subsurface formations 93 2008
7931086 Heating systems for heating subsurface formations 92 2008
7849922 In situ recovery from residually heated sections in a hydrocarbon containing formation 106 2008
7841408 In situ heat treatment from multiple layers of a tar sands formation 108 2008
7841425 Drilling subsurface wellbores with cutting structures 100 2008
7832484 Molten salt as a heat transfer fluid for heating a subsurface formation 100 2008
7798220 In situ heat treatment of a tar sands formation after drive process treatment 102 2008
8536497 Methods for forming long subsurface heaters 17 2008
8276661 Heating subsurface formations by oxidizing fuel on a fuel carrier 46 2008
8272455 Methods for forming wellbores in heated formations 17 2008
8240774 Solution mining and in situ treatment of nahcolite beds 44 2008
8196658 Irregular spacing of heat sources for treating hydrocarbon containing formations 58 2008
8162059 Induction heaters used to heat subsurface formations 59 2008
8146661 Cryogenic treatment of gas 59 2008
8146669 Multi-step heater deployment in a subsurface formation 53 2008
8113272 Three-phase heaters with common overburden sections for heating subsurface formations 37 2008
8011451 Ranging methods for developing wellbores in subsurface formations 58 2008
7866386 In situ oxidation of subsurface formations 108 2008
7866388 High temperature methods for forming oxidizer fuel 93 2008
8627887 In situ recovery from a hydrocarbon containing formation 22 2008
8752904 Heated fluid flow in mines and tunnels used in heating subsurface hydrocarbon containing formations 0 2009
8177305 Heater connections in mines and tunnels for use in treating subsurface hydrocarbon containing formations 59 2009
8172335 Electrical current flow between tunnels for use in heating subsurface hydrocarbon containing formations 50 2009
8162405 Using tunnels for treating subsurface hydrocarbon containing formations 50 2009
8151907 Dual motor systems and non-rotating sensors for use in developing wellbores in subsurface formations 55 2009
9129728 Systems and methods of forming subsurface wellbores 0 2009
9051829 Perforated electrical conductors for treating subsurface formations 0 2009
9022118 Double insulated heaters for treating subsurface formations 0 2009
8881806 Systems and methods for treating a subsurface formation with electrical conductors 4 2009
8353347 Deployment of insulated conductors for treating subsurface formations 23 2009
8281861 Circulated heated transfer fluid heating of subsurface hydrocarbon formations 46 2009
8267170 Offset barrier wells in subsurface formations 36 2009
8267185 Circulated heated transfer fluid systems used to treat a subsurface formation 43 2009
8261832 Heating subsurface formations with fluids 52 2009
8256512 Movable heaters for treating subsurface hydrocarbon containing formations 32 2009
8220539 Controlling hydrogen pressure in self-regulating nuclear reactors used to treat a subsurface formation 65 2009
8636323 Mines and tunnels for use in treating subsurface hydrocarbon containing formations 20 2009
8562078 Hydrocarbon production from mines and tunnels used in treating subsurface hydrocarbon containing formations 20 2009
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8851170 Heater assisted fluid treatment of a subsurface formation 1 2010
8448707 Non-conducting heater casings 0 2010
8434555 Irregular pattern treatment of a subsurface formation 32 2010
8327932 Recovering energy from a subsurface formation 40 2010
8608249 In situ thermal processing of an oil shale formation 7 2010
8192682 High strength alloys 43 2010
8225866 In situ recovery from a hydrocarbon containing formation 46 2010
8233782 Grouped exposed metal heaters 36 2010
9466896 Parallelogram coupling joint for coupling insulated conductors 0 2010
8816203 Compacted coupling joint for coupling insulated conductors 2 2010
8356935 Methods for assessing a temperature in a subsurface formation 25 2010
8257112 Press-fit coupling joint for joining insulated conductors 29 2010
8151880 Methods of making transportation fuel 54 2010
9127523 Barrier methods for use in subsurface hydrocarbon formations 1 2011
9127538 Methodologies for treatment of hydrocarbon formations using staged pyrolyzation 0 2011
9033042 Forming bitumen barriers in subsurface hydrocarbon formations 0 2011
8967259 Helical winding of insulated conductor heaters for installation 0 2011
8939207 Insulated conductor heaters with semiconductor layers 2 2011
8833453 Electrodes for electrical current flow heating of subsurface formations with tapered copper thickness 0 2011
8820406 Electrodes for electrical current flow heating of subsurface formations with conductive material in wellbore 0 2011
8739874 Methods for heating with slots in hydrocarbon formations 0 2011
8701768 Methods for treating hydrocarbon formations 8 2011
8701769 Methods for treating hydrocarbon formations based on geology 8 2011
8631866 Leak detection in circulated fluid systems for heating subsurface formations 18 2011
8502120 Insulating blocks and methods for installation in insulated conductor heaters 16 2011
8485256 Variable thickness insulated conductors 16 2011
8230927 Methods and systems for producing fluid from an in situ conversion process 36 2011
8943686 Compaction of electrical insulation for joining insulated conductors 5 2011
8857051 System and method for coupling lead-in conductor to insulated conductor 1 2011
8732946 Mechanical compaction of insulator for insulated conductor splices 2 2011
8586866 Hydroformed splice for insulated conductors 2 2011
8586867 End termination for three-phase insulated conductors 1 2011
9048653 Systems for joining insulated conductors 0 2012
9016370 Partial solution mining of hydrocarbon containing layers prior to in situ heat treatment 0 2012
8555971 Treating tar sands formations with dolomite 18 2012
8485252 In situ recovery from a hydrocarbon containing formation 35 2012
8485847 Press-fit coupling joint for joining insulated conductors 22 2012
9309755 Thermal expansion accommodation for circulated fluid systems used to heat subsurface formations 0 2012
9226341 Forming insulated conductors using a final reduction step after heat treating 0 2012
9080409 Integral splice for insulated conductors 0 2012
9080917 System and methods for using dielectric properties of an insulated conductor in a subsurface formation to assess properties of the insulated conductor 0 2012
8857506 Alternate energy source usage methods for in situ heat treatment processes 0 2013
8789586 In situ recovery from a hydrocarbon containing formation 1 2013
8859942 Insulating blocks and methods for installation in insulated conductor heaters 0 2013
9337550 End termination for three-phase insulated conductors 0 2013
9022109 Leak detection in circulated fluid systems for heating subsurface formations 1 2014
9528322 Dual motor systems and non-rotating sensors for use in developing wellbores in subsurface formations 0 2014
9399905 Leak detection in circulated fluid systems for heating subsurface formations 0 2015
 
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