US Patent No: 7,735,935

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In situ thermal processing of an oil shale formation containing carbonate minerals

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A method of treating an oil shale formation in situ includes providing heat directly from one or more heaters to at least a portion of the formation. The heat is controlled to maintain an average temperature of the portion below a dissociation temperature of carbonate minerals in the portion. A first fluid is injected into the portion of the formation. A second fluid is produced from the formation. An in situ conversion process is conducted in the portion of the formation.

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SHELL OIL COMPANYHOUSTON, TX2328

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de, Rouffignac Eric Pierre Houston, US 126 24873
Maher, Kevin Albert Bellaire, US 52 10404
Schoeling, Lanny Gene Katy, US 16 3052
Vinegar, Harold J Bellaire, US 330 66519
Wellington, Scott Lee Bellaire, US 293 34755

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4,683,947 Process and apparatus for monitoring and controlling the flammability of gas from an in-situ combustion oil recovery project 73 1985
4,734,115 Low pressure process for C.sub.3.sup.+ liquids recovery from process product gas 211 1986
5,284,878 Liquid phase methanol process with co-rich recycle 146 1993
 
SHELL OIL COMPANY (267)
4,359,687 Method and apparatus for determining shaliness and oil saturations in earth formations using induced polarization in the frequency domain 293 1980
4,398,151 Method for correcting an electrical log for the presence of shale in a formation 282 1982
4,583,046 Apparatus for focused electrode induced polarization logging 284 1983
4,499,209 Process for the preparation of a Fischer-Tropsch catalyst and preparation of hydrocarbons from syngas 233 1983
4,540,882 Method of determining drilling fluid invasion 295 1983
4,542,648 Method of correlating a core sample with its original position in a borehole 296 1983
4,571,491 Method of imaging the atomic number of a sample 308 1983
4,583,242 Apparatus for positioning a sample in a computerized axial tomographic scanner 286 1983
4,613,754 Tomographic calibration apparatus 304 1983
4,635,197 High resolution tomographic imaging method 279 1983
4,644,283 In-situ method for determining pore size distribution, capillary pressure and permeability 294 1984
4,570,715 Formation-tailored method and apparatus for uniformly heating long subterranean intervals at high temperature 353 1984
4,663,711 Method of analyzing fluid saturation using computerized axial tomography 280 1984
4,572,299 Heater cable installation 322 1984
4,585,066 Well treating process for installing a cable bundle containing strands of changing diameter 294 1984
4,671,102 Method and apparatus for determining distribution of fluids 305 1985
4,626,665 Metal oversheathed electrical resistance heater 331 1985
4,719,423 NMR imaging of materials for transport properties 309 1985
4,728,892 NMR imaging of materials 336 1985
4,640,352 In-situ steam drive oil recovery process 335 1985
4,594,468 Process for the preparation of middle distillates from syngas 149 1985
4,730,162 Time-domain induced polarization logging method and apparatus with gated amplification level 279 1985
4,658,215 Method for induced polarization logging 283 1986
4,616,705 Mini-well temperature profiling process 301 1986
4,769,602 Determining multiphase saturations by NMR imaging of multiple nuclides 303 1986
4,769,606 Induced polarization method and apparatus for distinguishing dispersed and laminated clay in earth formations 285 1986
4,743,854 In-situ induced polarization method for determining formation permeability 280 1986
4,827,761 Sample holder 300 1987
4,856,341 Apparatus for analysis of failure of material 286 1987
5,306,640 Method for determining preselected properties of a crude oil 285 1987
4,886,118 Conductively heating a subterranean oil shale to create permeability and subsequently produce oil 395 1988
4,866,983 Analytical methods and apparatus for measuring the oil content of sponge core 283 1988
4,893,504 Method for determining capillary pressure and relative permeability by imaging 209 1988
4,884,455 Method for analysis of failure of material employing imaging 284 1989
4,987,368 Nuclear magnetism logging tool using high-temperature superconducting squid detectors 306 1989
5,042,579 Method and apparatus for producing tar sand deposits containing conductive layers 118 1990
5,046,559 Method and apparatus for producing hydrocarbon bearing deposits in formations having shale layers 342 1990
5,060,726 Method and apparatus for producing tar sand deposits containing conductive layers having little or no vertical communication 307 1990
5,060,287 Heater utilizing copper-nickel alloy core 338 1990
5,065,818 Subterranean heaters 332 1991
5,189,283 Current to power crossover heater control 301 1991
5,168,927 Method utilizing spot tracer injection and production induced transport for measurement of residual oil saturation 285 1991
5,226,961 High temperature wellbore cement slurry 314 1992
5,255,742 Heat injection process 361 1992
5,297,626 Oil recovery process 339 1992
5,236,039 Balanced-line RF electrode system for use in RF ground heating to recover oil from oil shale 378 1992
5,391,291 Hydrogenation catalyst and process 295 1993
5,392,854 Oil recovery process 333 1993
5,404,952 Heat injection process and apparatus 318 1993
5,411,089 Heat injection process 312 1993
5,433,271 Heat injection process 303 1993
5,409,071 Method to cement a wellbore 292 1994
5,497,087 NMR logging of natural gas reservoirs 320 1994
5,498,960 NMR logging of natural gas in reservoirs 336 1994
RE35696 Heat injection process 199 1995
5,862,858 Flameless combustor 336 1996
5,899,269 Flameless combustor 338 1996
6,056,057 Heater well method and apparatus 356 1997
6,079,499 Heater well method and apparatus 348 1997
6,094,048 NMR logging of natural gas reservoirs 286 1997
6,023,554 Electrical heater 345 1998
6,102,122 Control of heat injection based on temperature and in-situ stress measurement 312 1998
6,019,172 Flameless combustor 322 1999
6,981,553 Controlled downhole chemical injection 157 2001
7,170,424 Oil well casting electrical power pick-off points 155 2001
7,259,688 Wireless reservoir production control 113 2001
6,581,684 In Situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation to produce sulfur containing formation fluids 285 2001
6,588,503 In Situ thermal processing of a coal formation to control product composition 240 2001
6,588,504 In situ thermal processing of a coal formation to produce nitrogen and/or sulfur containing formation fluids 246 2001
6,591,906 In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation with a selected oxygen content 269 2001
6,591,907 In situ thermal processing of a coal formation with a selected vitrinite reflectance 238 2001
6,607,033 In Situ thermal processing of a coal formation to produce a condensate 234 2001
6,609,570 In situ thermal processing of a coal formation and ammonia production 234 2001
* 6,688,387 In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation to produce a hydrocarbon condensate 267 2001
6,698,515 In situ thermal processing of a coal formation using a relatively slow heating rate 235 2001
6,702,016 In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation with heat sources located at an edge of a formation layer 251 2001
6,708,758 In situ thermal processing of a coal formation leaving one or more selected unprocessed areas 237 2001
6,712,135 In situ thermal processing of a coal formation in reducing environment 233 2001
6,712,136 In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation using a selected production well spacing 296 2001
6,712,137 In situ thermal processing of a coal formation to pyrolyze a selected percentage of hydrocarbon material 232 2001
6,715,546 In situ production of synthesis gas from a hydrocarbon containing formation through a heat source wellbore 262 2001
6,715,547 In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation to form a substantially uniform, high permeability formation 237 2001
6,715,548 In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation to produce nitrogen containing formation fluids 237 2001
6,715,549 In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation with a selected atomic oxygen to carbon ratio 193 2001
6,719,047 In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation in a hydrogen-rich environment 246 2001
6,722,429 In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation leaving one or more selected unprocessed areas 260 2001
6,722,430 In situ thermal processing of a coal formation with a selected oxygen content and/or selected O/C ratio 233 2001
6,722,431 In situ thermal processing of hydrocarbons within a relatively permeable formation 263 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 238 2001
6,725,921 In situ thermal processing of a coal formation by controlling a pressure of the formation 159 2001
6,725,928 In situ thermal processing of a coal formation using a distributed combustor 233 2001
6,729,395 In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation with a selected ratio of heat sources to production wells 248 2001
6,729,396 In situ thermal processing of a coal formation to produce hydrocarbons having a selected carbon number range 231 2001
6,729,397 In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation with a selected vitrinite reflectance 237 2001
6,729,401 In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation and ammonia production 237 2001
6,732,794 In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation to produce a mixture with a selected hydrogen content 238 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 261 2001
6,736,215 In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation, in situ production of synthesis gas, and carbon dioxide sequestration 243 2001
6,739,393 In situ thermal processing of a coal formation and tuning production 232 2001
6,739,394 Production of synthesis gas from a hydrocarbon containing formation 240 2001
6,742,587 In situ thermal processing of a coal formation to form a substantially uniform, relatively high permeable formation 232 2001
6,742,588 In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation to produce formation fluids having a relatively low olefin content 269 2001
6,742,589 In situ thermal processing of a coal formation using repeating triangular patterns of heat sources 231 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 239 2001
6,745,831 In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation by controlling a pressure of the formation 262 2001
6,745,837 In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation using a controlled heating rate 245 2001
6,749,021 In situ thermal processing of a coal formation using a controlled heating rate 235 2001
6,752,210 In situ thermal processing of a coal formation using heat sources positioned within open wellbores 259 2001
6,758,268 In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation using a relatively slow heating rate 237 2001
6,761,216 In situ thermal processing of a coal formation to produce hydrocarbon fluids and synthesis gas 233 2001
6,763,886 In situ thermal processing of a coal formation with carbon dioxide sequestration 216 2001
6,769,483 In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation using conductor in conduit heat sources 248 2001
6,769,485 In situ production of synthesis gas from a coal formation through a heat source wellbore 236 2001
6,789,625 In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation using exposed metal heat sources 238 2001
6,805,195 In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation to produce hydrocarbon fluids and synthesis gas 225 2001
6,820,688 In situ thermal processing of coal formation with a selected hydrogen content and/or selected H/C ratio 215 2001
6,866,097 In situ thermal processing of a coal formation to increase a permeability/porosity of the formation 198 2001
6,871,707 In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation with carbon dioxide sequestration 192 2001
6,877,554 In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation using pressure and/or temperature control 190 2001
6,880,635 In situ production of synthesis gas from a coal formation, the synthesis gas having a selected H2 to CO ratio 195 2001
6,889,769 In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation with a selected moisture content 186 2001
6,896,053 In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation using repeating triangular patterns of heat sources 215 2001
6,902,003 In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation having a selected total organic carbon content 177 2001
6,902,004 In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation using a movable heating element 191 2001
6,910,536 In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation using a natural distributed combustor 179 2001
6,913,078 In Situ thermal processing of hydrocarbons within a relatively impermeable formation 201 2001
6,948,563 In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation with a selected hydrogen content 180 2001
6,953,087 Thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation to increase a permeability of the formation 211 2001
6,959,761 In situ thermal processing of a coal formation with a selected ratio of heat sources to production wells 176 2001
6,966,372 In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation to produce oxygen containing formation fluids 181 2001
6,994,160 In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation to produce hydrocarbons having a selected carbon number range 207 2001
6,994,168 In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation with a selected hydrogen to carbon ratio 174 2001
6,997,255 In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation in a reducing environment 174 2001
7,036,583 In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation to increase a porosity of the formation 200 2001
2002/0040,779 In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation to produce a mixture containing olefins, oxygenated hydrocarbons, and/or aromatic hydrocarbons 235 2001
2002/0040,780 In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation to produce a selected mixture 232 2001
2002/0040,781 In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation using substantially parallel wellbores 109 2001
2002/0049,360 In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation to produce a mixture including ammonia 131 2001
2002/0053,431 In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation to produce a selected ratio of components in a gas 231 2001
2002/0076,212 In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation producing a mixture with oxygenated hydrocarbons 232 2001
6,782,947 In situ thermal processing of a relatively impermeable formation to increase permeability of the formation 293 2002
6,877,555 In situ thermal processing of an oil shale formation while inhibiting coking 226 2002
6,915,850 In situ thermal processing of an oil shale formation having permeable and impermeable sections 197 2002
6,918,442 In situ thermal processing of an oil shale formation in a reducing environment 196 2002
6,918,443 In situ thermal processing of an oil shale formation to produce hydrocarbons having a selected carbon number range 206 2002
6,923,257 In situ thermal processing of an oil shale formation to produce a condensate 217 2002
6,929,067 Heat sources with conductive material for in situ thermal processing of an oil shale formation 214 2002
6,948,562 Production of a blending agent using an in situ thermal process in a relatively permeable formation 219 2002
6,951,247 In situ thermal processing of an oil shale formation using horizontal heat sources 234 2002
6,964,300 In situ thermal recovery from a relatively permeable formation with backproduction through a heater wellbore 225 2002
6,966,374 In situ thermal recovery from a relatively permeable formation using gas to increase mobility 186 2002
6,981,548 In situ thermal recovery from a relatively permeable formation 185 2002
* 6,991,032 In situ thermal processing of an oil shale formation using a pattern of heat sources 209 2002
6,991,033 In situ thermal processing while controlling pressure in an oil shale formation 129 2002
6,991,036 Thermal processing of a relatively permeable formation 101 2002
6,994,169 In situ thermal processing of an oil shale formation with a selected property 197 2002
6,997,518 In situ thermal processing and solution mining of an oil shale formation 217 2002
7,004,247 Conductor-in-conduit heat sources for in situ thermal processing of an oil shale formation 227 2002
7,004,251 In situ thermal processing and remediation of an oil shale formation 232 2002
7,032,660 In situ thermal processing and inhibiting migration of fluids into or out of an in situ oil shale formation 213 2002
7,040,397 Thermal processing of an oil shale formation to increase permeability of the formation 204 2002
7,040,398 In situ thermal processing of a relatively permeable formation in a reducing environment 177 2002
7,040,399 In situ thermal processing of an oil shale formation using a controlled heating rate 202 2002
7,040,400 In situ thermal processing of a relatively impermeable formation using an open wellbore 215 2002
7,051,807 In situ thermal recovery from a relatively permeable formation with quality control 146 2002
7,051,811 In situ thermal processing through an open wellbore in an oil shale formation 88 2002
7,055,600 In situ thermal recovery from a relatively permeable formation with controlled production rate 214 2002
2003/0146,002 Removable heat sources for in situ thermal processing of an oil shale formation 249 2002
6,969,123 Upgrading and mining of coal 230 2002
6,991,045 Forming openings in a hydrocarbon containing formation using magnetic tracking 188 2002
7,011,154 In situ recovery from a kerogen and liquid hydrocarbon containing formation 233 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 212 2002
7,066,254 In situ thermal processing of a tar sands formation 250 2002
7,066,257 In situ recovery from lean and rich zones in a hydrocarbon containing formation 184 2002
7,077,198 In situ recovery from a hydrocarbon containing formation using barriers 242 2002
7,077,199 In situ thermal processing of an oil reservoir formation 227 2002
7,090,013 In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation to produce heated fluids 227 2002
* 7,100,994 Producing hydrocarbons and non-hydrocarbon containing materials when treating a hydrocarbon containing formation 218 2002
7,156,176 Installation and use of removable heaters in a hydrocarbon containing formation 184 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 211 2002
2003/0196,789 In situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation and upgrading of produced fluids prior to further treatment 269 2002
2003/0201,098 In situ recovery from a hydrocarbon containing formation using one or more simulations 263 2002
6,923,258 In situ thermal processsing of a hydrocarbon containing formation to produce a mixture with a selected hydrogen content 202 2003
7,073,578 Staged and/or patterned heating during in situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation 240 2003
7,219,734 Inhibiting wellbore deformation during in situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation 202 2003
2004/0140,096 Insulated conductor temperature limited heaters 192 2003
2004/0144,540 High voltage temperature limited heaters 172 2003
2004/0144,541 Forming wellbores using acoustic methods 125 2003
2005/0006,097 Variable frequency temperature limited heaters 194 2003
7,320,364 Inhibiting reflux in a heated well of an in situ conversion system 132 2005
7,353,872 Start-up of temperature limited heaters using direct current (DC) 140 2005
7,357,180 Inhibiting effects of sloughing in wellbores 157 2005
7,370,704 Triaxial temperature limited heater 143 2005
7,383,877 Temperature limited heaters with thermally conductive fluid used to heat subsurface formations 136 2005
7,424,915 Vacuum pumping of conductor-in-conduit heaters 141 2005
7,431,076 Temperature limited heaters using modulated DC power 143 2005
7,481,274 Temperature limited heaters with relatively constant current 130 2005
7,510,000 Reducing viscosity of oil for production from a hydrocarbon containing formation 143 2005
2005/0269,093 Variable frequency temperature limited heaters 115 2005
2006/0289,536 Subsurface electrical heaters using nitride insulation 171 2005
2006/0178,546 Method and apparatus for making a middle distillate product and lower olefins from a hydrocarbon feedstock 80 2006
2006/0191,820 Hydrocarbon cracking process for converting gas oil preferentially to middle distillate and lower olefins 79 2006
* 7,225,866 In situ thermal processing of an oil shale formation using a pattern of heat sources 202 2006
7,435,037 Low temperature barriers with heat interceptor wells for in situ processes 153 2006
7,500,528 Low temperature barrier wellbores formed using water flushing 141 2006
7,527,094 Double barrier system for an in situ conversion process 157 2006
7,575,052 In situ conversion process utilizing a closed loop heating system 133 2006
7,575,053 Low temperature monitoring system for subsurface barriers 131 2006
2007/0045,266 In situ conversion process utilizing a closed loop heating system 144 2006
2007/0045,267 Subsurface connection methods for subsurface heaters 182 2006
2007/0119,098 Treatment of gas from an in situ conversion process 158 2006
2008/0217,321 Temperature limited heater utilizing non-ferromagnetic conductor 156 2006
7,360,588 Thermal processes for subsurface formations 135 2006
7,549,470 Solution mining and heating by oxidation for treating hydrocarbon containing formations 190 2006
7,556,095 Solution mining dawsonite from hydrocarbon containing formations with a chelating agent 181 2006
7,556,096 Varying heating in dawsonite zones in hydrocarbon containing formations 172 2006
7,559,367 Temperature limited heater with a conduit substantially electrically isolated from the formation 159 2006
7,559,368 Solution mining systems and methods for treating hydrocarbon containing formations 165 2006
7,562,706 Systems and methods for producing hydrocarbons from tar sands formations 160 2006
7,581,589 Methods of producing alkylated hydrocarbons from an in situ heat treatment process liquid 155 2006
2007/0127,897 Subsurface heaters with low sulfidation rates 181 2006
2007/0131,415 Solution mining and heating by oxidation for treating hydrocarbon containing formations 143 2006
2007/0131,427 Systems and methods for producing hydrocarbons from tar sands formations 62 2006
2007/0221,377 Solution mining systems and methods for treating hydrocarbon containing formations 104 2006
2008/0017,370 Temperature limited heater with a conduit substantially electrically isolated from the formation 70 2006
2008/0107,577 Varying heating in dawsonite zones in hydrocarbon containing formations 60 2006
7,461,691 In situ recovery from a hydrocarbon containing formation 188 2007
7,533,719 Wellhead with non-ferromagnetic materials 165 2007
2007/0284,108 Compositions produced using an in situ heat treatment process 87 2007
2007/0289,733 Wellhead with non-ferromagnetic materials 75 2007
2008/0017,380 Non-ferromagnetic overburden casing 121 2007
2008/0035,346 Methods of producing transportation fuel 119 2007
2008/0035,347 Adjusting alloy compositions for selected properties in temperature limited heaters 111 2007
2008/0035,705 Welding shield for coupling heaters 112 2007
2008/0038,144 High strength alloys 114 2007
2008/0173,442 Sulfur barrier for use with in situ processes for treating formations 133 2007
2008/0173,444 Alternate energy source usage for in situ heat treatment processes 149 2007
2008/0173,449 Sour gas injection for use with in situ heat treatment 86 2007
2008/0174,115 Power systems utilizing the heat of produced formation fluid 147 2007
2009/0101,346 In situ recovery from a hydrocarbon containing formation 129 2007
7,540,324 Heating hydrocarbon containing formations in a checkerboard pattern staged process 172 2007
7,562,707 Heating hydrocarbon containing formations in a line drive staged process 172 2007
2008/0128,134 Producing drive fluid in situ in tar sands formations 136 2007
2008/0135,244 Heating hydrocarbon containing formations in a line drive staged process 125 2007
2008/0135,253 Treating tar sands formations with karsted zones 161 2007
2008/0135,254 In situ heat treatment process utilizing a closed loop heating system 136 2007
2008/0142,216 Treating tar sands formations with dolomite 146 2007
2008/0142,217 Using geothermal energy to heat a portion of a formation for an in situ heat treatment process 140 2007
2008/0185,147 Wax barrier for use with in situ processes for treating formations 132 2007
2008/0217,003 Gas injection to inhibit migration during an in situ heat treatment process 143 2007
2008/0217,004 Heating hydrocarbon containing formations in a checkerboard pattern staged process 97 2007
2008/0217,015 Heating hydrocarbon containing formations in a spiral startup staged sequence 101 2007
2008/0217,016 Creating fluid injectivity in tar sands formations 154 2007
2008/0236,831 Condensing vaporized water in situ to treat tar sands formations 146 2007
2008/0283,246 Heating tar sands formations to visbreaking temperatures 91 2007
2009/0084,547 DOWNHOLE BURNER SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR HEATING SUBSURFACE FORMATIONS 105 2008
2009/0090,158 WELLBORE MANUFACTURING PROCESSES FOR IN SITU HEAT TREATMENT PROCESSES 129 2008
2009/0095,476 MOLTEN SALT AS A HEAT TRANSFER FLUID FOR HEATING A SUBSURFACE FORMATION 102 2008
2009/0095,477 HEATING SYSTEMS FOR HEATING SUBSURFACE FORMATIONS 105 2008
2009/0095,478 VARYING PROPERTIES OF IN SITU HEAT TREATMENT OF A TAR SANDS FORMATION BASED ON ASSESSED VISCOSITIES 131 2008
2009/0095,479 PRODUCTION FROM MULTIPLE ZONES OF A TAR SANDS FORMATION 133 2008
2009/0126,929 TREATING NAHCOLITE CONTAINING FORMATIONS AND SALINE ZONES 129 2008
2009/0189,617 CONTINUOUS SUBSURFACE HEATER TEMPERATURE MEASUREMENT 136 2008
2009/0194,269 THREE-PHASE HEATERS WITH COMMON OVERBURDEN SECTIONS FOR HEATING SUBSURFACE FORMATIONS 120 2008
2009/0194,333 RANGING METHODS FOR DEVELOPING WELLBORES IN SUBSURFACE FORMATIONS 122 2008
2009/0200,023 HEATING SUBSURFACE FORMATIONS BY OXIDIZING FUEL ON A FUEL CARRIER 135 2008
2009/0200,854 SOLUTION MINING AND IN SITU TREATMENT OF NAHCOLITE BEDS 123 2008
 
Chevron Research Company (9)
4,303,126 Arrangement of wells for producing subsurface viscous petroleum 202 1980
4,273,188 In situ combustion process for the recovery of liquid carbonaceous fuels from subterranean formations 284 1980
4,381,641 Substoichiometric combustion of low heating value gases 319 1980
4,366,668 Substoichiometric combustion of low heating value gases 299 1981
4,363,361 Substoichiometric combustion of low heating value gases 291 1981
4,551,226 Heat exchanger antifoulant 84 1982
4,460,044 Advancing heated annulus steam drive 212 1982
4,696,345 Hasdrive with multiple offset producers 171 1986
4,828,031 In situ chemical stimulation of diatomite formations 231 1987
 
NEW JERSEY INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (2)
5,032,042 Method and apparatus for eliminating non-naturally occurring subsurface, liquid toxic contaminants from soil 95 1990
5,984,578 Apparatus and method for in situ removal of contaminants using sonic energy 76 1997
 
SHELL INTERNATIONALE RESEARCH MAATSCHAPPIJ B.V. (1)
4,605,680 Conversion of synthesis gas to diesel fuel and gasoline 288 1985
 
RRKT COMPANY (1)
5,255,740 Secondary recovery process 71 1992
 
LOS ALAMOS NATIONAL SECURITY, LLC (1)
6,910,537 Canister, sealing method and composition for sealing a borehole 95 2003
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7,802,377 Drying cylinder 1 2007
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8,355,623 Temperature limited heaters with high power factors 39 2005
8,224,165 Temperature limited heater utilizing non-ferromagnetic conductor 46 2006
7,986,869 Varying properties along lengths of temperature limited heaters 76 2006
7,942,197 Methods and systems for producing fluid from an in situ conversion process 75 2006
* 2007/0133,961 Methods and systems for producing fluid from an in situ conversion process 15 2006
8,381,806 Joint used for coupling long heaters 22 2007
8,083,813 Methods of producing transportation fuel 53 2007
7,912,358 Alternate energy source usage for in situ heat treatment processes 74 2007
7,845,411 In situ heat treatment process utilizing a closed loop heating system 113 2007
9,181,780 Controlling and assessing pressure conditions during treatment of tar sands formations 0 2008
8,791,396 Floating insulated conductors for heating subsurface formations 4 2008
8,662,175 Varying properties of in situ heat treatment of a tar sands formation based on assessed viscosities 21 2008
8,459,359 Treating nahcolite containing formations and saline zones 34 2008
8,381,815 Production from multiple zones of a tar sands formation 44 2008
8,327,681 Wellbore manufacturing processes for in situ heat treatment processes 23 2008
8,042,610 Parallel heater system for subsurface formations 72 2008
7,950,453 Downhole burner systems and methods for heating subsurface formations 92 2008
7,931,086 Heating systems for heating subsurface formations 92 2008
7,849,922 In situ recovery from residually heated sections in a hydrocarbon containing formation 106 2008
8,536,497 Methods for forming long subsurface heaters 17 2008
8,276,661 Heating subsurface formations by oxidizing fuel on a fuel carrier 46 2008
8,272,455 Methods for forming wellbores in heated formations 17 2008
8,240,774 Solution mining and in situ treatment of nahcolite beds 44 2008
8,196,658 Irregular spacing of heat sources for treating hydrocarbon containing formations 57 2008
8,162,059 Induction heaters used to heat subsurface formations 59 2008
8,146,661 Cryogenic treatment of gas 59 2008
8,146,669 Multi-step heater deployment in a subsurface formation 53 2008
8,113,272 Three-phase heaters with common overburden sections for heating subsurface formations 37 2008
8,627,887 In situ recovery from a hydrocarbon containing formation 22 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 59 2009
8,172,335 Electrical current flow between tunnels for use in heating subsurface hydrocarbon containing formations 50 2009
8,162,405 Using tunnels for treating subsurface hydrocarbon containing formations 50 2009
8,151,907 Dual motor systems and non-rotating sensors for use in developing wellbores in subsurface formations 55 2009
8,450,540 Compositions produced using an in situ heat treatment process 34 2009
9,129,728 Systems and methods of forming subsurface wellbores 0 2009
9,051,829 Perforated electrical conductors for treating subsurface formations 0 2009
9,022,118 Double insulated heaters for treating subsurface formations 0 2009
8,881,806 Systems and methods for treating a subsurface formation with electrical conductors 4 2009
8,353,347 Deployment of insulated conductors for treating subsurface formations 23 2009
8,281,861 Circulated heated transfer fluid heating of subsurface hydrocarbon formations 46 2009
8,267,170 Offset barrier wells in subsurface formations 35 2009
8,267,185 Circulated heated transfer fluid systems used to treat a subsurface formation 43 2009
8,261,832 Heating subsurface formations with fluids 51 2009
8,256,512 Movable heaters for treating subsurface hydrocarbon containing formations 32 2009
8,220,539 Controlling hydrogen pressure in self-regulating nuclear reactors used to treat a subsurface formation 65 2009
* 2010/0101,794 HEATING SUBSURFACE FORMATIONS WITH FLUIDS 67 2009
8,636,323 Mines and tunnels for use in treating subsurface hydrocarbon containing formations 18 2009
8,562,078 Hydrocarbon production from mines and tunnels used in treating subsurface hydrocarbon containing formations 19 2009
7,942,203 Thermal processes for subsurface formations 93 2010
8,851,170 Heater assisted fluid treatment of a subsurface formation 1 2010
8,448,707 Non-conducting heater casings 0 2010
8,434,555 Irregular pattern treatment of a subsurface formation 32 2010
8,327,932 Recovering energy from a subsurface formation 39 2010
8,192,682 High strength alloys 43 2010
8,225,866 In situ recovery from a hydrocarbon containing formation 46 2010
8,233,782 Grouped exposed metal heaters 35 2010
9,466,896 Parallelogram coupling joint for coupling insulated conductors 0 2010
8,816,203 Compacted coupling joint for coupling insulated conductors 2 2010
8,356,935 Methods for assessing a temperature in a subsurface formation 25 2010
8,257,112 Press-fit coupling joint for joining insulated conductors 29 2010
9,127,523 Barrier methods for use in subsurface hydrocarbon formations 1 2011
9,127,538 Methodologies for treatment of hydrocarbon formations using staged pyrolyzation 0 2011
9,033,042 Forming bitumen barriers in subsurface hydrocarbon formations 0 2011
8,967,259 Helical winding of insulated conductor heaters for installation 0 2011
8,939,207 Insulated conductor heaters with semiconductor layers 2 2011
8,833,453 Electrodes for electrical current flow heating of subsurface formations with tapered copper thickness 0 2011
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 8 2011
8,701,769 Methods for treating hydrocarbon formations based on geology 8 2011
8,631,866 Leak detection in circulated fluid systems for heating subsurface formations 18 2011
8,502,120 Insulating blocks and methods for installation in insulated conductor heaters 16 2011
8,485,256 Variable thickness insulated conductors 16 2011
8,230,927 Methods and systems for producing fluid from an in situ conversion process 36 2011
8,579,031 Thermal processes for subsurface formations 0 2011
8,943,686 Compaction of electrical insulation for joining insulated conductors 5 2011
8,857,051 System and method for coupling lead-in conductor to insulated conductor 1 2011
8,732,946 Mechanical compaction of insulator for insulated conductor splices 2 2011
8,586,866 Hydroformed splice for insulated conductors 2 2011
8,586,867 End termination for three-phase insulated conductors 1 2011
9,048,653 Systems for joining insulated conductors 0 2012
9,016,370 Partial solution mining of hydrocarbon containing layers prior to in situ heat treatment 0 2012
8,555,971 Treating tar sands formations with dolomite 18 2012
8,485,252 In situ recovery from a hydrocarbon containing formation 35 2012
8,485,847 Press-fit coupling joint for joining insulated conductors 22 2012
9,309,755 Thermal expansion accommodation for circulated fluid systems used to heat subsurface formations 0 2012
9,226,341 Forming insulated conductors using a final reduction step after heat treating 0 2012
9,080,409 Integral splice for insulated conductors 0 2012
9,080,917 System and methods for using dielectric properties of an insulated conductor in a subsurface formation to assess properties of the insulated conductor 0 2012
8,857,506 Alternate energy source usage methods for in situ heat treatment processes 0 2013
8,789,586 In situ recovery from a hydrocarbon containing formation 0 2013
8,859,942 Insulating blocks and methods for installation in insulated conductor heaters 0 2013
9,337,550 End termination for three-phase insulated conductors 0 2013
9,022,109 Leak detection in circulated fluid systems for heating subsurface formations 1 2014
9,528,322 Dual motor systems and non-rotating sensors for use in developing wellbores in subsurface formations 0 2014
9,399,905 Leak detection in circulated fluid systems for heating subsurface formations 0 2015
 
HARRIS CORPORATION (1)
9,417,357 Method for hydrocarbon recovery with change detection and related apparatus 0 2013
 
SELMAN AND ASSOCIATES, LTD. (4)
* 8,463,549 Method for geosteering directional drilling apparatus 2 2010
* 8,463,550 System for geosteering directional drilling apparatus 2 2010
* 8,615,082 System for real-time streaming of well logging data with self-aligning satellites 1 2012
* 8,615,660 Cloud computing system for real-time streaming of well logging data with self-aligning satellites 1 2012
 
UCHICAGO ARGONNE, LLC (1)
9,181,467 Preparation and use of nano-catalysts for in-situ reaction with kerogen 0 2011
 
COMPANY, SHELL OIL (1)
8,191,630 Creating fluid injectivity in tar sands formations 58 2010
 
ATMOS NATION, LLC (1)
* 9,451,792 Systems and methods for vaporizing assembly 0 2014
 
CHEVRON U.S.A. INC. (8)
9,133,398 In-situ kerogen conversion and recycling 0 2011
9,033,033 Electrokinetic enhanced hydrocarbon recovery from oil shale 0 2011
8,997,869 In-situ kerogen conversion and product upgrading 0 2011
8,936,089 In-situ kerogen conversion and recovery 0 2011
8,851,177 In-situ kerogen conversion and oxidant regeneration 0 2011
8,839,860 In-situ Kerogen conversion and product isolation 0 2011
8,701,788 Preconditioning a subsurface shale formation by removing extractible organics 2 2011
8,992,771 Isolating lubricating oils from subsurface shale formations 0 2012
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