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10/16/14 - 20140305635 - A method of developing oil and gas fields includes creating a well by mechanically displacing rock material via a drilling device, increasing a well diameter by impacting the rock material via laser beams emitted from a central emitter, and reinforcing inner walls of the well by impacting wall material via...

Radio frequency heat applicator for increased heavy oil recovery
10/02/14 - 20140290934 - A radio frequency applicator and method for heating a geological formation is disclosed. A radio frequency source configured to apply a differential mode signal is connected to a coaxial conductor including an outer conductor pipe and an inner conductor. The inner conductor is coupled to a second conductor pipe through...

Electrical heating of oil shale and heavy oil formations
09/18/14 - 20140262221 - A method (and system) is provided that enhances production of hydrocarbons from a subterranean formation by identifying at least one target interval of the subterranean formation that is in proximity to a pay interval, wherein the at least one target interval has an electrical resistance less than electrical resistance of...

Rf antenna assembly with series dipole antennas and coupling structure and related methods
09/18/14 - 20140262222 - An RF antenna assembly is to be positioned within a wellbore in a subterranean formation for hydrocarbon resource recovery. The RF antenna assembly includes a series of tubular dipole antennas to be positioned within the wellbore, each tubular dipole antenna having a pair of dipole elements, and an RF transmission...

Rf antenna assembly with dielectric isolator and related methods
09/18/14 - 20140262223 - An RF antenna assembly is positioned within a wellbore in a subterranean formation for hydrocarbon resource recovery. The RF antenna assembly includes first and second tubular conductors and a dielectric isolator therebetween. The dielectric isolator includes a dielectric tube having opposing first and second open ends, a first tubular connector...

Rf antenna assembly with feed structure having dielectric tube and related methods
09/18/14 - 20140262224 - An RF antenna assembly may be positioned within a wellbore in a subterranean formation for hydrocarbon resource recovery. The RF antenna assembly includes first and second tubular conductors and a feed structure therebetween defining a dipole antenna to be positioned within the wellbore, and an RF transmission line extending within...

Oil extraction using radio frequency heating
09/18/14 - 20140262225 - Oil extraction from an oil-bearing formation includes: heating a first portion of the formation containing oil with radio frequency energy; extracting the oil from the first portion of the formation; injecting steam into the first portion of the formation to heat a second portion of the formation containing oil adjacent...

Method and apparatus for generating high-pressure pulses in a subterranean dielectric medium
09/18/14 - 20140262226 - An apparatus and method for generating high-pressure pulses in a subterranean dielectric medium are provided. The method includes providing an electrode assembly in the medium, the electrode assembly having first and second electrodes that define a gap therebetween. A shaped electric current pulse is delivered to the electrode assembly. The...

Ring electrode device and method for generating high-pressure pulses
09/18/14 - 20140262227 - A method, system, and electrode assembly are disclosed that maximizes the lifetime of electrodes for high energy electrical discharges in water by arranging the electrodes in concentric rings or a stack of concentric rings. The radii and the thickness of the ring electrodes are optimized for electrical reliability, low jitter,...

Single vertical or inclined well thermal recovery process
09/11/14 - 20140251596 - The present disclosure describes a single well predominantly gravity-dominated recovery process for producing viscous hydrocarbons from a subterranean oil sands formation. The process operates a single vertical or inclined well within a formation, the wellbore having an injection means and a production means, the injection means being positioned in the...

Apparatus for heating hydrocarbon resources with magnetic radiator and related methods
09/11/14 - 20140251597 - An apparatus is for heating hydrocarbon resources in a subterranean formation having a wellbore therein. The apparatus includes an RF source, and a magnetic field radiator including a ferromagnetic body having an aboveground portion and a belowground portion coupled thereto. The magnetic field radiator includes a conductive wire coil surrounding...

Radio-frequency enhancement and facilitation of in-situ combustion
09/11/14 - 20140251598 - Radio frequency radiation is introduced downhole to heat one or more components of an in-situ hydrocarbon mixture. The mixture is heated to a temperature conducive to auto-ignition. Upon heating, an oxidant is introduced at conditions supportive of auto-ignition. The combined oxidant/hydrocarbon mixture is then allowed to auto-ignite and combust to...

Method for developing deposits and extracting oil and gas from shale formations
09/11/14 - 20140251599 - A method for developing deposits and extracting oil and gas from formations is provided including pumping electrically conductive fluid under pressure into a first heating well and a second heating well, creating an electrically conductive zone between the first heating well and the second heating well, positioning at least one...

Inhibiting effects of sloughing in wellbores
08/21/14 - 20140231070 - Certain embodiments provide a heater. A heater device includes a skin effect component having at least one insulated electrical core conductor in electrical communication with an adjacent and substantially parallel, elongated ferromagnetic shape having a reduction and localization of the depth and width of the effective conductor path in the...

Hydrocarbon resource recovery apparatus including a transmission line with fluid tuning chamber and related methods
08/07/14 - 20140216724 - An apparatus for heating a hydrocarbon resource in a subterranean formation having a wellbore extending therein is provided. The apparatus includes a radio frequency (RF) antenna configured to be positioned within the wellbore, a transmission line configured to be positioned in the wellbore and coupled to the RF antenna, and...

Apparatus for heating a hydrocarbon resource in a subterranean formation providing an adjustable liquid coolant and related methods
08/07/14 - 20140216725 - An apparatus is provided for heating a hydrocarbon resource in a subterranean formation having a wellbore extending therein. The apparatus includes a radio frequency (RF) source, an RE antenna configured to be positioned within the wellbore, and an RF transmission line configured to be positioned within the wellbore and couple...

Apparatus for heating a hydrocarbon resource in a subterranean formation including a fluid balun and related methods
08/07/14 - 20140216726 - An apparatus is provided for heating a hydrocarbon resource in a subterranean formation having a wellbore extending therein. The apparatus includes a radio frequency (RF) antenna configured to be positioned within the wellbore, a transmission line configured to be positioned in the wellbore and coupled to the RF antenna, and...

Effective solvent extraction system incorporating electromagnetic heating
07/24/14 - 20140202686 - A method of producing hydrocarbons from a subterranean reservoir comprises pre-heating by exposure to electromagnetic radiation from a electromagnetic radiation source, injecting through at least one injection well a solvent into the reservoir to dilute the hydrocarbons contained in the pre-conditioned portion, and producing through at least one production well...

Hydrocarbon resource recovery system including rf transmission line extending alongside a well pipe in a wellbore and related methods
06/05/14 - 20140151028 - A hydrocarbon resource recovery system for a laterally extending wellbore in a subterranean formation may include a radio frequency (RF) source and an electrically conductive well pipe extending within the laterally extending wellbore. The hydrocarbon resource recovery system may further include an RF transmission line coupled to the RF source...

Hydrocarbon resource recovery system including different hydrocarbon resource recovery capacities and related methods
06/05/14 - 20140151029 - A hydrocarbon resource recovery system for a wellbore in a subterranean formation. The hydrocarbon resource recovery system may include a radio frequency (RF) source, and an antenna configured to be positioned within the wellbore and coupled to the RF source. The antenna may be coupled to the RF source and...

Method for producing hydrocarbon resources with rf and conductive heating and related apparatuses
05/15/14 - 20140131032 - A method is for producing hydrocarbon resources in a subterranean formation having therein an injector well and a producer well adjacent the injector well. The method may include conductively heating the subterranean formation by causing a current flow between the injector and producer wells, RF heating the subterranean formation after...

Method for increasing the permeability of the bottom well-bore region of a seam (is11.0138-us-pct)
05/01/14 - 20140116683 - To increase permeability of a near-wellbore zone of a formation an operation on stimulation of a fluid flow into a wellbore is performed, the operation comprising injecting chemical substances into a targeted zone of the formation. During the stimulation an electrical field is applied to the targeted zone of the...

Systems and methods for enhancing recovery of hydrocarbon deposits
04/24/14 - 20140110103 - A method for enhancing the recovery of hydrocarbon deposit includes the step of sensing a material property of an underground volume. A three-dimensional map identifying the spatial variation in the sensed material property of the underground volume is generated. Propagating electromagnetic radiation is transmitted in the volume based on the...

Hydrocarbon processing apparatus including resonant frequency tracking and related methods
04/24/14 - 20140110104 - A device for processing hydrocarbon resources in a subterranean formation having a laterally extending wellbore therein may include a radio frequency (RF) antenna configured to be positioned within the laterally extending wellbore, and at least one feedback conductor configured to be positioned along the laterally extending wellbore. The device may...

Method for hydrocarbon recovery using a water changing or driving agent with rf heating
04/17/14 - 20140102692 - A method of processing a hydrocarbon resource in a subterranean formation including a laterally extending injector well, a laterally extending producer well below the laterally extending injector well, and water within the subterranean formation, may include injecting a water changing agent into the laterally extending injector well to change the...

Situ co-development of oil shale with mineral recovery
04/17/14 - 20140102693 - A method of producing hydrocarbon fluids from a subsurface organic-rich rock formation, for example an oil shale formation, in which the oil shale formation contains water-soluble minerals, for example nahcolite, is provided. In one embodiment, the method includes the step of heating the organic-rich rock formation in situ. Optionally, this...

Enhanced hydrocarbon recovery from a single well by electrical resistive heating of multiple inclusions in an oil sand formation
04/10/14 - 20140096951 - The present invention is a method and apparatus for enhanced recovery of petroleum fluids from the subsurface by electrical resistive heating of the oil sand formation and the heavy oil and bitumen in situ, by electrically energizing vertical inclusion planes containing electrically conductive proppant. The inclusion is propagated into a...

Enhanced hydrocarbon recovery from a single well by electrical resistive heating of a single inclusion in an oil sand formation
04/10/14 - 20140096952 - The present invention is a method and apparatus for enhanced recovery of petroleum fluids from the subsurface by electrical resistive heating of the oil sand formation and the heavy oil and bitumen in situ, by electrically energizing vertical inclusion planes containing electrically conductive proppant. The inclusion is propagated into a...

Enhanced hydrocarbon recovery from multiple wells by electrical resistive heating of oil sand formations
04/10/14 - 20140096953 - The present invention is a method and apparatus for enhanced recovery of petroleum fluids from the subsurface by electrical resistive heating of the oil sand formation and the heavy oil and bitumen in situ, by electrically energizing vertical inclusion planes containing electrically conductive proppant. The inclusion is propagated into a...

Method of developing subsurface barriers
04/10/14 - 20140096954 - A method and apparatus for construction of a subsurface barrier for the recovery of petroleum fluids from the subsurface by steam and/or solvent injection. Multiple propped vertical inclusions at various azimuths and depths are constructed from multiple wells so that the inclusions intersect and coalesce. The inclusions are made impermeable...

Em and combustion stimulation of heavy oil
04/03/14 - 20140090834 - A method of producing heavy oil from a heavy oil formation by combining electromagnetic heating to achieve fluid communication between wells, following by in situ combustion to mobilize and upgrade the heavy oil....

Resistive heater for in situ formation heating
03/13/14 - 20140069636 - Methods for heating a subsurface formation using an electrical resistance heater are provided. Preferably, the subsurface formation is an organic-rich rock formation, including, for example, an oil shale formation. The method may include providing an electrically conductive first member in a wellbore in a subsurface formation, an electrically conductive second...

Resistive heater for in situ formation heating
03/13/14 - 20140069637 - Methods for heating a subsurface formation using an electrical resistance heater are provided. Preferably, the subsurface formation is an organic-rich rock formation, including, for example, an oil shale formation. The method may include providing an electrically conductive first member in a wellbore in a subsurface formation, an electrically conductive second...

Radio frequency enhanced steam assisted gravity drainage method for recovery of hydrocarbons
03/13/14 - 20140069638 - A method for heating a hydrocarbon formation is disclosed. A radio frequency applicator is positioned to provide radiation within the hydrocarbon formation. A first signal sufficient to heat the hydrocarbon formation through electric current is applied to the applicator. A second or alternate frequency signal is then applied to the...

Bitumen recovery process
02/27/14 - 20140054028 - k) Repeating steps h through j, where the majority of the solvent does not leave the well during the process....

Expandable screen using magnetic shape memory alloy material
01/30/14 - 20140027108 - A well screen assembly for use in a wellbore comprises a base pipe comprising one or more fluid passageways, and a shape-memory alloy disposed about the base pipe. The one or more fluid passageways are configured to provide fluid communication between an exterior of the base pipe and a central...

Utilization of microwave technology in enhanced oil recovery process for deep and shallow applications
01/30/14 - 20140027109 - A method and system for treating a portion of a hydrocarbon-bearing formation of a crude oil reservoir containing heavy hydrocarbons using a microwave enhanced heavy hydrocarbon recovery system includes forming a horizontal injection well having an injection horizontal run, forming a horizontal microwave source well having a microwave source horizontal...

Method of recovering hydrocarbon resources while injecting a solvent and supplying radio frequency power and related apparatus
01/16/14 - 20140014324 - A method of recovering hydrocarbon resources in a subterranean formation may include injecting a solvent via a wellbore into the subterranean formation while supplying radio frequency (RF) power from the wellbore and into the subterranean formation. The method may also include recovering hydrocarbon resources via the wellbore and from the...

Method for recovering a hydrocarbon resource from a subterranean formation including additional upgrading at the wellhead and related apparatus
01/16/14 - 20140014325 - A method for recovering a hydrocarbon resource from a subterranean formation may include applying radio frequency (RF) power to the hydrocarbon resource in the subterranean formation to upgrade the hydrocarbon resource and producing the upgraded hydrocarbon resource from the subterranean formation to a wellhead. The method may also include, at...

Method of upgrading and recovering a hydrocarbon resource for pipeline transport and related system
01/16/14 - 20140014326 - A method for recovering a hydrocarbon resource from a subterranean formation may include applying radio frequency (RF) power to the hydrocarbon resource in the subterranean formation to upgrade the hydrocarbon resource to have a lowered viscosity. The method may further include producing the upgraded hydrocarbon resource from the subterranean formation...

Methodology and system for producing fluids from a condensate gas reservoir
01/16/14 - 20140014327 - A method of producing reservoir fluids from a condensate gas reservoir traversed by a production well includes the formation of a protrusion into natural gas bearing rock along a producing interval of the reservoir. A heater element is placed into the protrusion and configured for operation. Reservoir fluids are produced...

Spectral analysis techniques for fluid monitoring
11/28/13 - 20130312956 - Spectroscopic analyses of complex mixtures within a fluid phase can oftentimes be complicated by spectral overlap, making it difficult to analyze for each constituent therein. Methods for analyzing a treatment fluid can comprise: providing a treatment fluid comprising a fluid phase and one or more constituents therein; exposing the treatment...

Systems and methods for enhanced recovery of hydrocarbonaceous fluids
11/28/13 - 20130312957 - A method for enhanced recovery of hydrocarbonaceous fluids, the method including the steps of creating a plurality of wellbores in a subterranean formation, whereby one or more of the plurality of wellbores may include a directionally drilled portion with solution disposed therein, and an electrode operatively connected with a power...

Methods and apparatus to sample heavy oil in a subterranean formation
11/21/13 - 20130306307 - A method for sampling fluid in a subterranean formation includes, reducing a viscosity a fluid, pressurizing a portion of the subterranean formation, and collecting a fluid sample. Specifically, a viscosity of a fluid in a portion of the subterranean formation is reduced and a portion of the subterranean formation is...

System for heating a hydrocarbon resource in a subterranean formation including a transformer and related methods
10/31/13 - 20130284429 - A system for heating a hydrocarbon resource in a subterranean formation having a wellbore extending therein is provided. The system includes a radio frequency (RF) source, an RF antenna to be positioned within the wellbore, and a transformer to be positioned in the wellbore and configured to couple the RF...

System for heating a hydrocarbon resource in a subterranean formation including a magnetic amplifier and related methods
10/31/13 - 20130284430 - A system for heating a hydrocarbon resource in a subterranean formation having a wellbore extending therein is provided. The system includes a radio frequency (RF) source, an RF antenna to be positioned within the wellbore, and a magnetic amplifier to be positioned in the wellbore and configured to couple the...

Method of heating a hydrocarbon resource including lowering a settable frequency based upon impedance
10/24/13 - 20130277045 - A method for heating a hydrocarbon resource in a subterranean formation having a laterally extending wellbore therein may include supplying radio frequency (RF) power at a settable frequency from an RF radiator positioned within the laterally extending wellbore to heat the hydrocarbon resource and start formation of a steam bubble...

Method for enhanced oil recovery from carbonate reservoirs
10/24/13 - 20130277046 - Method of using direct current (DC) electrokinetics to enhance oil production from carbonate reservoirs The method comprising the steps of selecting an underground formation comprising an Oil-bearing carbonate reservoir, positioning two or more electrically conductive elements at spaced apart locations in proximity to said formation, at least one of said...

Electrofracturing formations
10/03/13 - 20130255936 - A method is provided to produce hydrocarbons from a formation, the method includes the steps of: placing a pair of electrodes within a formation; applying differential voltages between pairs of electrodes wherein the voltage differences between the electrodes is greater than at least 10,000 volts; and producing hydrocarbons from the...

Microwave system and method for intrinsic permeability enhancement and extraction of hydrocarbons and/or gas from subsurface deposits
08/22/13 - 20130213637 - A system of a radiating antenna and a sheet beam klystron, as a microwave source, coupled to the antenna by a short waveguide and the method of locating the antenna downhole in a well at a selected target zone by use of a dual chamber flexible tube and applying power...

Methods of using nano-particles in wellbore operations
08/22/13 - 20130213638 - Methods for heating a material within a wellbore using nano-particles such as carbon nano-tubes. The material may be a flowable material such as cement, drilling mud, an acidizing fluid, or other material. Generally the methods comprise placing the flowable material in proximity to a radial wall of a wellbore. The...

Milling well casing using electromagnetic pulse
08/22/13 - 20130213639 - An electromagnetic perforation device for well casings includes a coil disposed around a core carried by a mandrel. The device further includes a power supply coupled to a current supply device, which is coupled to said coil. A stabilizing member extends from the mandrel and spaced apart on the mandrel...

Piston tractor system for use in subterranean wells
08/15/13 - 20130206396 - A piston tractor system can include at least two piston assemblies which sealingly engage a wellbore, and a pump which transfers fluid between an annulus isolated between the piston assemblies, and another annulus. A method of operating a piston tractor system can include sealingly engaging at least two piston assemblies...

Heavy oil production with em preheat and gas injection
08/08/13 - 20130199774 - An enhanced oil recovery technique that combines gas injection with EM radiation to heat and mobilize heavy oil at least until fluid communication is achieved....

Device and method for using the device for "in situ" extraction of bitumen or ultraheavy oil from oil sand deposits
08/01/13 - 20130192820 - The device has at least one electrical conductor loop formed of a feed conductor, a return conductor and an inductor connected therebetween. At least the inductor is at least partially or completely disposed in the oil sand deposit. The device further has an alternating current generator that is electrically connected...

Situ rf heating of stacked pay zones
06/20/13 - 20130153210 - A method of heating stacked pay zones in a hydrocarbon formation by radio frequency electromagnetic waves is provided. In particular, radio frequency antenna array having multiple antenna elements are provided inside a hydrocarbon formation that has steam-impermeable structure. The antenna elements are so positioned and configured that the hydrocarbons in...

Method and system for passive electroseismic surveying
05/30/13 - 20130133880 - A method of passive surveying comprises generating one or more detected signals by passively detecting a signal generated within a subsurface earth formation due to a seismoelectric response or an electroseismic response in at least one porous subsurface earth formation containing at least one fluid, and processing the one or...

Multiple electrical connections to optimize heating for in situ pyrolysis
05/09/13 - 20130112403 - A method for heating a subsurface formation using electrical resistance heating is provided. The method includes placing a first electrically conductive proppant into a fracture within an interval of organic-rich rock. The first electrically conductive proppant has a first bulk resistivity. The method further includes placing a second electrically conductive...

Hydrocarbon resource processing device including radio frequency applicator and related methods
02/14/13 - 20130037262 - A hydrocarbon resource processing device may include a radio frequency (RF) source and an RF applicator coupled to the RF source. The RF applicator may include a base member being electrically conductive, and first and second elongate members being electrically conductive and having proximal ends coupled to the base member...

Electrically conductive methods for in situ pyrolysis of organic-rich rock formations
12/27/12 - 20120325458 - A method and system for heating a subsurface formation using electrical resistance heating includes providing a wellbore which has a production portion that penetrates an interval of organic-rich rock within the subsurface formation. The method includes forming a fracture in the organic-rich rock along a plane that is generally parallel...

Radio frequency technology heater for unconventional resources
12/27/12 - 20120325459 - A system for heating at least a part of a subsurface hydro carbonaceous earth formation forms a borehole into or adjacent to the formation, places elongated coaxial inner and outer conductors into the borehole with the inner and outer conductors electrically connected to each other at a depth below the...

Electromagnetic heat treatment providing enhanced oil recovery
12/20/12 - 20120318498 - A method for using RF energy to facilitate the production of oil from formations separated from the RF energy source by a rock stratum comprises operating an antenna to transmit RF energy into a hydrocarbon formation, the hydrocarbon formation comprised of a first hydrocarbon portion above and adjacent to the...

Methods for increasing oil production
12/20/12 - 20120318499 - A method of recovering petroleum from dormant oil wells or increasing the production of oil wells is disclosed. An alkali or alkaline earth carbonate is introduced into a water layer associated with a subterranean petroleum reservoir and/or an explosive composition is introduced into an oil layer associated with a subterranean...

Cyclic radio frequency stimulation
12/06/12 - 20120305239 - Production of heavy oil and bitumen from a reservoir is enhanced by cyclic radio frequency (RF) radiation of the well. The invention utilizes RF radiation to introduce energy to the hydrocarbon reservoir in cycles in order to heat the reservoir directly, yet conserves energy over the prior art processes that...

Triggering polymerization on-demand for water control downhole
11/29/12 - 20120298354 - Methods of sealing a subterranean formation including introducing a trigger-able fluid, the trigger-able fluid containing an ethylenically unsaturated monomer, into a subterranean formation, and using an electromagnetic trigger unit having a electromagnetic source to initiate polymerization of the ethylenically unsaturated monomer after at least a portion of the trigger-able fluid...

Electrokinetic enhanced hydrocarbon recovery from oil shale
11/01/12 - 20120273190 - Disclosed herein are methods for extracting a kerogen-based product from subsurface (oil) shale formations. These methods rely on chemically modifying the shale-bound kerogen using a chemical oxidant so as to render it mobile. The oxidant is provided to a formation fluid in contact with the kerogen in the subsurface shale...

In situ radio frequency catalytic upgrading
10/25/12 - 20120267095 - The present invention relates to a method and system for enhancing in situ upgrading of hydrocarbon by implementing an array of radio frequency antennas that can uniformly heat the hydrocarbons within a producer well pipe, so that the optimal temperatures for different hydroprocessing reactions can be achieved....

Plasma charges
07/05/12 - 20120168150 - Disclosed are plasma charges and methods for using plasma charges in completing a well....

Cyclic steam stimulation using rf
04/12/12 - 20120085533 - A method of producing hydrocarbons from a well. The method begins by injecting steam into a well. The bitumen in the formation is then heated with the injected steam, followed by ceasing the injection of steam into the well and then by soaking the bitumen with the injected steam and...

Methods of increasing or enhancing oil and gas recovery
12/29/11 - 20110315374 - Disclosed are methods for enhancing the productivity of oil wells involving the introduction of specifically determined amounts of pulsed electrical stimulation to the well reservoir by applying electrical current thereto through the well head and well casing...

Systems and methods for enhanced recovery of hydrocarbonaceous fluids
11/17/11 - 20110277992 - A method for enhanced recovery of hydrocarbonaceous fluids, the method including the steps of connecting each of a plurality of wellbores together in fluid communication with a machined flow path, providing a surface fluid to the flow path, and generating an electrical field within the flow path to cause an...