US Patent No: 6,973,967

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Situ thermal processing of a coal formation using pressure and/or temperature control

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A coal formation may be treated using an in situ thermal process. A mixture of hydrocarbons, H2, and/or other formation fluids may be produced from the formation. Heat may be applied to the formation to raise a temperature of a portion of the formation to a pyrolysis temperature. Pressure within the formation may be controlled as a function of temperature or temperature within the formation may be controlled as a function of pressure to yield a desired mixture.

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SHELL OIL COMPANYHOUSTON, TX5076

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Berchenko, Ilya Emil Friendswood, TX 194 16829
de, Rouffignac Eric Pierre Houston, TX 160 19549
Fowler, Thomas David Houston, TX 172 14125
Ryan, Robert Charles Houston, TX 176 14708
Stegemeier, George Leo Houston, TX 199 16231
Vinegar, Harold J Bellaire, TX 544 52023
Wellington, Scott Lee Bellaire, TX 483 26466
Zhang, Etuan Houston, TX 184 16167

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SHELL OIL COMPANY (116)
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4,540,882 Method of determining drilling fluid invasion 267 1983
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4,571,491 Method of imaging the atomic number of a sample 277 1983
4,583,242 Apparatus for positioning a sample in a computerized axial tomographic scanner 263 1983
4,613,754 Tomographic calibration apparatus 272 1983
4,635,197 High resolution tomographic imaging method 257 1983
4,644,283 In-situ method for determining pore size distribution, capillary pressure and permeability 270 1984
4,570,715 Formation-tailored method and apparatus for uniformly heating long subterranean intervals at high temperature 300 1984
4,663,711 Method of analyzing fluid saturation using computerized axial tomography 258 1984
4,572,299 Heater cable installation 285 1984
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4,704,514 Heating rate variant elongated electrical resistance heater 305 1985
4,671,102 Method and apparatus for determining distribution of fluids 278 1985
4,626,665 Metal oversheathed electrical resistance heater 288 1985
4,719,423 NMR imaging of materials for transport properties 284 1985
4,728,892 NMR imaging of materials 309 1985
4,640,352 In-situ steam drive oil recovery process 297 1985
4,594,468 Process for the preparation of middle distillates from syngas 149 1985
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4,616,705 Mini-well temperature profiling process 276 1986
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4,827,761 Sample holder 270 1987
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5,189,283 Current to power crossover heater control 265 1991
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5,226,961 High temperature wellbore cement slurry 276 1992
5,255,742 Heat injection process 319 1992
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5,366,012 Method of completing an uncased section of a borehole 526 1993
5,391,291 Hydrogenation catalyst and process 263 1993
5,392,854 Oil recovery process 301 1993
5,404,952 Heat injection process and apparatus 282 1993
5,411,089 Heat injection process 273 1993
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5,497,087 NMR logging of natural gas reservoirs 297 1994
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5,862,858 Flameless combustor 283 1996
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6,056,057 Heater well method and apparatus 299 1997
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6,094,048 NMR logging of natural gas reservoirs 262 1997
6,023,554 Electrical heater 300 1998
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6,019,172 Flameless combustor 272 1999
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6,588,503 In Situ thermal processing of a coal formation to control product composition 202 2001
6,588,504 In situ thermal processing of a coal formation to produce nitrogen and/or sulfur containing formation fluids 210 2001
6,591,906 In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation with a selected oxygen content 226 2001
6,591,907 In situ thermal processing of a coal formation with a selected vitrinite reflectance 202 2001
6,607,033 In Situ thermal processing of a coal formation to produce a condensate 198 2001
6,609,570 In situ thermal processing of a coal formation and ammonia production 198 2001
6,688,387 In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation to produce a hydrocarbon condensate 210 2001
6,698,515 In situ thermal processing of a coal formation using a relatively slow heating rate 198 2001
6,702,016 In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation with heat sources located at an edge of a formation layer 205 2001
6,708,758 In situ thermal processing of a coal formation leaving one or more selected unprocessed areas 207 2001
6,712,135 In situ thermal processing of a coal formation in reducing environment 197 2001
6,712,136 In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation using a selected production well spacing 238 2001
6,712,137 In situ thermal processing of a coal formation to pyrolyze a selected percentage of hydrocarbon material 196 2001
6,715,546 In situ production of synthesis gas from a hydrocarbon containing formation through a heat source wellbore 219 2001
6,715,547 In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation to form a substantially uniform, high permeability formation 201 2001
6,715,548 In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation to produce nitrogen containing formation fluids 201 2001
6,715,549 In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation with a selected atomic oxygen to carbon ratio 168 2001
6,719,047 In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation in a hydrogen-rich environment 200 2001
6,722,429 In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation leaving one or more selected unprocessed areas 217 2001
6,722,430 In situ thermal processing of a coal formation with a selected oxygen content and/or selected O/C ratio 197 2001
6,722,431 In situ thermal processing of hydrocarbons within a relatively permeable formation 215 2001
6,725,920 In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation to convert a selected amount of total organic carbon into hydrocarbon products 202 2001
6,725,921 In situ thermal processing of a coal formation by controlling a pressure of the formation 156 2001
6,725,928 In situ thermal processing of a coal formation using a distributed combustor 197 2001
6,729,395 In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation with a selected ratio of heat sources to production wells 201 2001
6,729,396 In situ thermal processing of a coal formation to produce hydrocarbons having a selected carbon number range 195 2001
6,729,397 In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation with a selected vitrinite reflectance 201 2001
6,729,401 In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation and ammonia production 201 2001
6,732,794 In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation to produce a mixture with a selected hydrogen content 201 2001
6,732,796 In situ production of synthesis gas from a hydrocarbon containing formation, the synthesis gas having a selected H2 to CO ratio 221 2001
6,736,215 In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation, in situ production of synthesis gas, and carbon dioxide sequestration 206 2001
6,739,393 In situ thermal processing of a coal formation and tuning production 196 2001
6,739,394 Production of synthesis gas from a hydrocarbon containing formation 203 2001
6,742,587 In situ thermal processing of a coal formation to form a substantially uniform, relatively high permeable formation 196 2001
6,742,588 In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation to produce formation fluids having a relatively low olefin content 226 2001
6,742,589 In situ thermal processing of a coal formation using repeating triangular patterns of heat sources 195 2001
6,742,593 In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation using heat transfer from a heat transfer fluid to heat the formation 202 2001
6,745,831 In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation by controlling a pressure of the formation 219 2001
6,745,837 In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation using a controlled heating rate 201 2001
6,749,021 In situ thermal processing of a coal formation using a controlled heating rate 199 2001
6,752,210 In situ thermal processing of a coal formation using heat sources positioned within open wellbores 212 2001
6,758,268 In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation using a relatively slow heating rate 201 2001
6,761,216 In situ thermal processing of a coal formation to produce hydrocarbon fluids and synthesis gas 197 2001
6,763,886 In situ thermal processing of a coal formation with carbon dioxide sequestration 192 2001
6,769,483 In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation using conductor in conduit heat sources 200 2001
6,769,485 In situ production of synthesis gas from a coal formation through a heat source wellbore 199 2001
6,789,625 In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation using exposed metal heat sources 200 2001
6,805,195 In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation to produce hydrocarbon fluids and synthesis gas 189 2001
6,820,688 In situ thermal processing of coal formation with a selected hydrogen content and/or selected H/C ratio 178 2001
6,866,097 In situ thermal processing of a coal formation to increase a permeability/porosity of the formation 162 2001
2004/0015,023 IN SITU THERMAL PROCESSING OF A HYDROCARBON CONTAINING FORMATION TO PRODUCE A HYDROCARBON CONDENSATE 70 2001
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Mobil Oil Corporation (18)
4,234,230 In situ processing of mined oil shale 102 1979
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4,476,927 Method for controlling H.sub.2 /CO ratio of in-situ coal gasification product gas 143 1982
4,530,401 Method for maximum in-situ visbreaking of heavy oil 259 1982
4,573,530 In-situ gasification of tar sands utilizing a combustible gas 253 1983
4,698,149 Enhanced recovery of hydrocarbonaceous fluids oil shale 185 1983
4,598,772 Method for operating a production well in an oxygen driven in-situ combustion oil recovery process 185 1983
4,598,770 Thermal recovery method for viscous oil 289 1984
4,669,542 Simultaneous recovery of crude from multiple zones in a reservoir 260 1984
4,766,958 Method of recovering viscous oil from reservoirs with multiple horizontal zones 173 1987
4,787,452 Disposal of produced formation fines during oil recovery 272 1987
4,982,786 Use of CO.sub.2 /steam to enhance floods in horizontal wellbores 249 1989
5,211,230 Method for enhanced oil recovery through a horizontal production well in a subsurface formation by in-situ combustion 280 1992
5,339,904 Oil recovery optimization using a well having both horizontal and vertical sections 255 1992
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5,411,086 Oil recovery by enhanced imbitition in low permeability reservoirs 171 1993
5,415,231 Method for producing low permeability reservoirs using steam 263 1994
5,431,224 Method of thermal stimulation for recovery of hydrocarbons 270 1994
 
AMOCO CORPORATION (14)
4,274,487 Indirect thermal stimulation of production wells 268 1979
4,537,252 Method of underground conversion of coal 260 1984
4,662,439 Method of underground conversion of coal 260 1985
4,662,443 Combination air-blown and oxygen-blown underground coal gasification process 263 1985
5,059,303 Oil stabilization 194 1989
5,014,788 Method of increasing the permeability of a coal seam 169 1990
5,388,640 Method for producing methane-containing gaseous mixtures 265 1993
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5,388,642 Coalbed methane recovery using membrane separation of oxygen from air 262 1993
5,388,643 Coalbed methane recovery using pressure swing adsorption separation 259 1993
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5,566,756 Method for recovering methane from a solid carbonaceous subterranean formation 184 1995
 
Chevron Research Company (12)
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4,363,361 Substoichiometric combustion of low heating value gases 267 1981
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4,696,345 Hasdrive with multiple offset producers 149 1986
4,828,031 In situ chemical stimulation of diatomite formations 199 1987
 
BOARD OF REGENTS, THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM (9)
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Texaco Inc. (7)
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Cities Service Company (3)
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4,353,418 In situ retorting of oil shale 272 1980
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THOMPSON, GREG H. (3)
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UNIVERSITY OF UTAH (3)
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IIT Research Institute (2)
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JUDD, DANIEL (1)
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Kraftwerk Union Aktiengesellschaft (1)
4,608,818 Medium-load power-generating plant with integrated coal gasification plant 264 1984
 
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4,994,093 Method of producing methanol synthesis gas 261 1990
 
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5,325,918 Optimal joule heating of the subsurface 92 1993
 
LITTMANN, WOLFGANG, OSTENMEER 1 STEINHUDE (1)
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6,467,543 System and process for secondary hydrocarbon recovery 192 2000
 
M.W. KELLOGG COMPANY, THE (1)
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4,457,365 In situ radio frequency selective heating system 292 1981
 
Resource Technology Associates (1)
5,008,085 Apparatus for thermal treatment of a hydrocarbon stream 264 1989
 
RKK, LTD (1)
5,050,386 Method and apparatus for containment of hazardous material migration in the earth 289 1990
 
ROBERT L.MAGNIE AND ASSOCIATES,INC. A CORP OF COLO. (1)
4,183,405 Enhanced recoveries of petroleum and hydrogen from underground reservoirs 277 1978
 
RP INTERNATIONAL PTY LIMITED (1)
4,737,267 Oil shale processing apparatus and method 138 1986
 
RWE-DEA AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT FUR MINERALOEL UND CHEMIE (1)
4,252,191 Method of recovering petroleum and bitumen from subterranean reservoirs 269 1979
 
SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (1)
6,354,373 Expandable tubing for a well bore hole and method of expanding 395 1998
 
Scientific Engineering Instruments, Inc. (1)
5,349,859 Method and apparatus for measuring acoustic wave velocity using impulse response 259 1991
 
SHELL INTERNATIONALE RESEARCH MAATSCHAPPIJ B.V. (1)
4,605,680 Conversion of synthesis gas to diesel fuel and gasoline 266 1985
 
Societe Nationale Elf Aquitaine (1)
4,513,816 Sealing system for a well bore in which a hot fluid is circulated 255 1984
 
TARIM ASSOCIATES FOR SCIENTIFIC MINERAL AND OIL EXPLORATION AG (1)
5,868,202 Hydrologic cells for recovery of hydrocarbons or thermal energy from coal, oil-shale, tar-sands and oil-bearing formations 344 1997
 
Terra Tek, Inc. (1)
4,384,613 Method of in-situ retorting of carbonaceous material for recovery of organic liquids and gases 275 1980
 
The Babcock & Wilcox Company (1)
4,848,924 Acoustic pyrometer 272 1987
 
The Badger Company, Inc. (1)
4,193,451 Method for production of organic products from kerogen 264 1977
 
The Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma (1)
5,201,219 Method and apparatus for measuring free hydrocarbons and hydrocarbons potential from whole core 243 1990
 
THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA (1)
5,525,322 Method for simultaneous recovery of hydrogen from water and from hydrocarbons 316 1994
 
Uentech International Corporation (1)
6,353,706 Optimum oil-well casing heating 205 2000
 
Union Oil Company of California (1)
5,126,037 Geopreater heating method and apparatus 280 1990
 
UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION (1)
4,524,113 Direct use of methanol fuel in a molten carbonate fuel cell 139 1984
 
UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY RESEARCH FOUNDATION (1)
4,776,638 Method and apparatus for conversion of coal in situ 292 1987
 
UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING RESEARCH CORPORATION D/B/A WESTERN RESEARCH INSTITUTE (1)
6,244,338 System for improving coalbed gas production 144 1999
 
UOP LLC (1)
4,448,251 In situ conversion of hydrocarbonaceous oil 183 1982
 
Westinghouse Electric Corp. (1)
5,955,039 Coal gasification and hydrogen production system and method 234 1996
 
WORCESTER POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE (1)
6,152,987 Hydrogen gas-extraction module and method of fabrication 300 1998
 
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4,243,101 Coal gasification method 264 1978
4,375,302 Process for the in situ recovery of both petroleum and inorganic mineral content of an oil shale deposit 112 1980
4,306,621 Method for in situ coal gasification operations 264 1980
4,423,311 Electric heating apparatus for de-icing pipes 266 1981
4,444,255 Apparatus and process for the recovery of oil 260 1981
4,344,483 Multiple-site underground magnetic heating of hydrocarbons 269 1981
4,444,258 In situ recovery of oil from oil shale 269 1981
4,479,541 Method and apparatus for recovery of oil, gas and mineral deposits by panel opening 245 1982
4,762,425 System for temperature profile measurement in large furnances and kilns and method therefor 269 1987
4,883,582 Vis-breaking heavy crude oils for pumpability 88 1988
4,895,206 Pulsed in situ exothermic shock wave and retorting process for hydrocarbon recovery and detoxification of selected wastes 266 1989
5,027,896 Method for in-situ recovery of energy raw material by the introduction of a water/oxygen slurry 170 1990
5,082,054 In-situ tuned microwave oil extraction process 351 1990
5,217,076 Method and apparatus for improved recovery of oil from porous, subsurface deposits (targevcir oricess) 369 1991
5,624,188 Acoustic thermometer 265 1994
6,112,808 Method and apparatus for subterranean thermal conditioning 253 1997

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SHELL OIL COMPANY (133)
7,156,176 Installation and use of removable heaters in a hydrocarbon containing formation 147 2002
8,238,730 High voltage temperature limited heaters 10 2003
8,224,164 Insulated conductor temperature limited heaters 10 2003
8,224,163 Variable frequency temperature limited heaters 0 2003
8,200,072 Temperature limited heaters for heating subsurface formations or wellbores 10 2003
7,219,734 Inhibiting wellbore deformation during in situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation 158 2003
7,121,341 Conductor-in-conduit temperature limited heaters 143 2003
8,355,623 Temperature limited heaters with high power factors 6 2005
7,510,000 Reducing viscosity of oil for production from a hydrocarbon containing formation 96 2005
7,490,665 Variable frequency temperature limited heaters 100 2005
7,481,274 Temperature limited heaters with relatively constant current 94 2005
7,431,076 Temperature limited heaters using modulated DC power 106 2005
7,424,915 Vacuum pumping of conductor-in-conduit heaters 106 2005
7,383,877 Temperature limited heaters with thermally conductive fluid used to heat subsurface formations 101 2005
7,370,704 Triaxial temperature limited heater 106 2005
7,357,180 Inhibiting effects of sloughing in wellbores 111 2005
7,353,872 Start-up of temperature limited heaters using direct current (DC) 98 2005
7,320,364 Inhibiting reflux in a heated well of an in situ conversion system 93 2005
8,224,165 Temperature limited heater utilizing non-ferromagnetic conductor 11 2006
8,070,840 Treatment of gas from an in situ conversion process 29 2006
8,027,571 In situ conversion process systems utilizing wellbores in at least two regions of a formation 38 2006
7,986,869 Varying properties along lengths of temperature limited heaters 41 2006
7,942,197 Methods and systems for producing fluid from an in situ conversion process 45 2006
7,860,377 Subsurface connection methods for subsurface heaters 69 2006
7,831,133 Insulated conductor temperature limited heater for subsurface heating coupled in a three-phase WYE configuration 58 2006
7,831,134 Grouped exposed metal heaters 58 2006
7,575,052 In situ conversion process utilizing a closed loop heating system 94 2006
7,575,053 Low temperature monitoring system for subsurface barriers 94 2006
7,546,873 Low temperature barriers for use with in situ processes 67 2006
7,527,094 Double barrier system for an in situ conversion process 103 2006
7,500,528 Low temperature barrier wellbores formed using water flushing 106 2006
7,435,037 Low temperature barriers with heat interceptor wells for in situ processes 116 2006
8,606,091 Subsurface heaters with low sulfidation rates 0 2006
7,635,025 Cogeneration systems and processes for treating hydrocarbon containing formations 90 2006
7,591,310 Methods of hydrotreating a liquid stream to remove clogging compounds 101 2006
7,584,789 Methods of cracking a crude product to produce additional crude products 99 2006
7,581,589 Methods of producing alkylated hydrocarbons from an in situ heat treatment process liquid 105 2006
7,562,706 Systems and methods for producing hydrocarbons from tar sands formations 106 2006
7,559,367 Temperature limited heater with a conduit substantially electrically isolated from the formation 108 2006
7,559,368 Solution mining systems and methods for treating hydrocarbon containing formations 106 2006
7,556,095 Solution mining dawsonite from hydrocarbon containing formations with a chelating agent 124 2006
7,556,096 Varying heating in dawsonite zones in hydrocarbon containing formations 111 2006
7,549,470 Solution mining and heating by oxidation for treating hydrocarbon containing formations 123 2006
7,461,691 In situ recovery from a hydrocarbon containing formation 133 2007
8,083,813 Methods of producing transportation fuel 28 2007
7,912,358 Alternate energy source usage for in situ heat treatment processes 48 2007
7,866,385 Power systems utilizing the heat of produced formation fluid 58 2007
7,793,722 Non-ferromagnetic overburden casing 56 2007
7,785,427 High strength alloys 58 2007
7,683,296 Adjusting alloy compositions for selected properties in temperature limited heaters 74 2007
7,673,786 Welding shield for coupling heaters 75 2007
7,635,023 Time sequenced heating of multiple layers in a hydrocarbon containing formation 97 2007
7,631,689 Sulfur barrier for use with in situ processes for treating formations 93 2007
7,610,962 Sour gas injection for use with in situ heat treatment 82 2007
7,604,052 Compositions produced using an in situ heat treatment process 101 2007
7,533,719 Wellhead with non-ferromagnetic materials 110 2007
7,798,221 In situ recovery from a hydrocarbon containing formation 70 2007
7,845,411 In situ heat treatment process utilizing a closed loop heating system 57 2007
7,841,401 Gas injection to inhibit migration during an in situ heat treatment process 57 2007
7,730,946 Treating tar sands formations with dolomite 65 2007
7,730,945 Using geothermal energy to heat a portion of a formation for an in situ heat treatment process 66 2007
7,730,947 Creating fluid injectivity in tar sands formations 66 2007
7,717,171 Moving hydrocarbons through portions of tar sands formations with a fluid 68 2007
7,703,513 Wax barrier for use with in situ processes for treating formations 77 2007
7,681,647 Method of producing drive fluid in situ in tar sands formations 75 2007
7,677,310 Creating and maintaining a gas cap in tar sands formations 61 2007
7,677,314 Method of condensing vaporized water in situ to treat tar sands formations 60 2007
7,673,681 Treating tar sands formations with karsted zones 63 2007
7,644,765 Heating tar sands formations while controlling pressure 73 2007
7,635,024 Heating tar sands formations to visbreaking temperatures 91 2007
7,631,690 Heating hydrocarbon containing formations in a spiral startup staged sequence 93 2007
7,562,707 Heating hydrocarbon containing formations in a line drive staged process 107 2007
7,540,324 Heating hydrocarbon containing formations in a checkerboard pattern staged process 109 2007
7,640,980 Thermal processes for subsurface formations 72 2008
8,662,175 Varying properties of in situ heat treatment of a tar sands formation based on assessed viscosities 0 2008
8,459,359 Treating nahcolite containing formations and saline zones 2 2008
8,381,815 Production from multiple zones of a tar sands formation 4 2008
8,327,681 Wellbore manufacturing processes for in situ heat treatment processes 3 2008
8,042,610 Parallel heater system for subsurface formations 38 2008
7,950,453 Downhole burner systems and methods for heating subsurface formations 50 2008
7,931,086 Heating systems for heating subsurface formations 55 2008
7,849,922 In situ recovery from residually heated sections in a hydrocarbon containing formation 59 2008
7,841,408 In situ heat treatment from multiple layers of a tar sands formation 58 2008
7,841,425 Drilling subsurface wellbores with cutting structures 60 2008
7,832,484 Molten salt as a heat transfer fluid for heating a subsurface formation 59 2008
7,798,220 In situ heat treatment of a tar sands formation after drive process treatment 57 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 11 2008
8,272,455 Methods for forming wellbores in heated formations 4 2008
8,240,774 Solution mining and in situ treatment of nahcolite beds 13 2008
8,196,658 Irregular spacing of heat sources for treating hydrocarbon containing formations 19 2008
8,162,059 Induction heaters used to heat subsurface formations 23 2008
8,146,661 Cryogenic treatment of gas 25 2008
8,146,669 Multi-step heater deployment in a subsurface formation 23 2008
8,113,272 Three-phase heaters with common overburden sections for heating subsurface formations 5 2008
8,011,451 Ranging methods for developing wellbores in subsurface formations 33 2008
7,866,386 In situ oxidation of subsurface formations 55 2008
7,866,388 High temperature methods for forming oxidizer fuel 55 2008
8,627,887 In situ recovery from a hydrocarbon containing formation 0 2008
8,177,305 Heater connections in mines and tunnels for use in treating subsurface hydrocarbon containing formations 23 2009
8,172,335 Electrical current flow between tunnels for use in heating subsurface hydrocarbon containing formations 21 2009
8,162,405 Using tunnels for treating subsurface hydrocarbon containing formations 22 2009
8,151,907 Dual motor systems and non-rotating sensors for use in developing wellbores in subsurface formations 25 2009
8,353,347 Deployment of insulated conductors for treating subsurface formations 2 2009
8,281,861 Circulated heated transfer fluid heating of subsurface hydrocarbon formations 10 2009
8,267,170 Offset barrier wells in subsurface formations 9 2009
8,267,185 Circulated heated transfer fluid systems used to treat a subsurface formation 10 2009
8,261,832 Heating subsurface formations with fluids 15 2009
8,256,512 Movable heaters for treating subsurface hydrocarbon containing formations 5 2009
8,220,539 Controlling hydrogen pressure in self-regulating nuclear reactors used to treat a subsurface formation 16 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 0 2009
7,942,203 Thermal processes for subsurface formations 51 2010
8,448,707 Non-conducting heater casings 0 2010
8,434,555 Irregular pattern treatment of a subsurface formation 4 2010
8,327,932 Recovering energy from a subsurface formation 3 2010
8,608,249 In situ thermal processing of an oil shale formation 0 2010
8,192,682 High strength alloys 17 2010
8,225,866 In situ recovery from a hydrocarbon containing formation 9 2010
8,233,782 Grouped exposed metal heaters 3 2010
8,356,935 Methods for assessing a temperature in a subsurface formation 2 2010
8,257,112 Press-fit coupling joint for joining insulated conductors 4 2010
8,151,880 Methods of making transportation fuel 21 2010
8,631,866 Leak detection in circulated fluid systems for heating subsurface formations 0 2011
8,502,120 Insulating blocks and methods for installation in insulated conductor heaters 0 2011
8,485,256 Variable thickness insulated conductors 0 2011
8,230,927 Methods and systems for producing fluid from an in situ conversion process 3 2011
8,579,031 Thermal processes for subsurface formations 0 2011
8,586,866 Hydroformed splice for insulated conductors 0 2011
8,586,867 End termination for three-phase insulated conductors 0 2011
8,555,971 Treating tar sands formations with dolomite 1 2012
8,485,252 In situ recovery from a hydrocarbon containing formation 2 2012
8,485,847 Press-fit coupling joint for joining insulated conductors 1 2012
 
COMPANY, SHELL OIL (1)
8,191,630 Creating fluid injectivity in tar sands formations 20 2010
 
CONOCOPHILLIPS COMPANY (1)
8,002,034 Recovery of hydrocarbons from oil shale deposits 0 2010
 
CUMMINS FILTRATION IP, INC. (1)
8,071,037 Catalytic devices for converting urea to ammonia 0 2008
 
ENERGY, UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF (1)
7,597,147 Temperature limited heaters using phase transformation of ferromagnetic material 99 2007
 
HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC. (1)
7,909,094 Oscillating fluid flow in a wellbore 9 2008
 
MOUNTAIN WEST ENERGY INC. (1)
8,205,674 Apparatus, system, and method for in-situ extraction of hydrocarbons 0 2007

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